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Venezuelan teams shine on South American Tour

Three Venezuelan men's teams reached the semifinals
San Fernando de Apure, Venezuela, April 29, 2017 – The fourth stop on the South American Beach Volleyball Tour has reached the semi-final stage after a day of intense action in front of 2,000 fans at the Batalla de las Queseras Complex in San Fernando de Apure, Venezuela.

Sisters Andrea and Claudia Galindo (Colombia 1) will face the top Venezuelan team of Norisbeth Agudo and Gabriela Brito in the first semi-final. They will be followed by Argentina's top team – Ana Gallay and Virginia Zonta – who will face leading Brazilians Amanda Maltez and Fernanda Nunes.
In the men's quarterfinals, the top three Venezuelan pairs electrified their fans as they all reached the semi-finals. Venezuela 2 (Igor Hernandez and Gerardo Mendez) will face the powerful Brazil 2 team of Rodrigo Vieira and Vinicius Gomez, while Venezuela 3 (Jesus Villafane and Rolando Hernandez) will face compatriots Jonathan Golindano and Carlos Rangel.

Argentine Olympian Gallay says she is ready to face the Brazilians: "The key is to play neat volleyball and not go crazy. We must stay calm because if we get carried away, we’ll run out of steam. Now we are going to watch the video of Brazil to study their game. We don’t know their team but we will approach them like all other matches: to go in and win.” Gallay also praised the local supporters. “That’s the way it should be as it helps the sport grow,” she said.

Venezuela’s Jonathan Golindano said he and his partner had had a tough day: “The truth is we are a bit tired as we had to play three times today, but we really gave everything for Venezuela to advance to the semifinals.” All three of their matches on Saturday went to three sets as they overcame Ecuador’s Jaramillo/ Quinones, compatriots Hernandez and Conejo and Argentina 1 (Capogrosso and Azaad). 

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