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Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina through in South American Finals

 
The semifinals and final will take place on Sunday
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 6, 2017 – Brazil and Chile topped their respective groups at the Finals of the South American Beach Volleyball Tour on Saturday and earned direct entry into Sunday’s semi-finals.

In the first match of the day, Brazil’s Alvaro Filho and Saymon narrowly beat Venezuelan duo Carlos Rangel/ Jhonatan Golindano 2-0 (21-18, 21-18). After a poor defeat against Uruguay’s Mauricio Vieyto and Marco Cairus on Friday, the Venezuelans needed a good result to have hopes of advancing, but despite a valiant effort they fell short.
 
Brazil dominated service, with Saymon getting seven aces, putting Rangel and Golindano on the defensive. Alvaro provided good defence while Saymon also dominated at the net. 

Then came the turn of Chile (Esteban Grimalt/ Marco Grimalt) and Argentina (Julian Azaad and Nicolas Capogrosso) to see who would advance to the semifinals. Chile were strong and overcame Argentina 2-0 (21-14, 21-17).

Chile served well, especially Esteban Grimalt who made life difficult for Capogrosso and Azaad. Esteban’s cousin, Marco Grimalt, put in a strong shift at the net and won the duel with Capogrosso. In the second set, Argentina tried to change the game, but it didn’t work out. The Chileans continued to control the play with their service and also received well, allowing them to set up attacks and see the game out.

“We play with good concentration and rotated very well,” Marco Grimalt said. “We did not play a strong game, but we pressed with the service and we made good attacks.”

 
Colombia and Paraguay had to fight for third place in Group B in order to reach the quarterfinals. In a close match, Colombians Rivas and Cuello were eventually undone by errors and Batillana and Godoy cruised through 2-1 (17-21, 21-19, 15-10).
 
In the afternoon, the first quarterfinal saw Venezuela face off against Argentina. It was a tight game, eventually won by Argentina 2-1 (22-20, 20-22, 15-12). 

Venezuela dominated the action in the beginning and looked set to clinch the first set when they went 20-17 ahead, but a sudden surge in the Argentines’ service and some tremendous play by Capogrosso at the net, including three consecutive blocks, saw Argentina take the final five points and the set 22-20. In the second set, Venezuela played the same way and had four more set points. Argentina kept fighting back but the Venezuelans eventually won through.

In the final set, the scores were level at 10 when a good block by Capogrosso and a couple of good serves from Julian Azaad made the difference and Argentina were in the semi-finals, where they will face Brazil.

“We really wanted this,” Jualian Azaad said. “It will be a very complicated game with Brazil. They are at a very good level, but we are going to play our game.”
 
In the last game of the day, Uruguay continued the fine form they had shown on the first day and cruised past Paraguay 2-0 (21-12, 21-13). Mauricio Vieyto picked up 12 blocks and Marco Cairus defended well as they earned a semi-final matchup against Chile.

You can find all the results here.



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