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Agatha and Barbara hold off Juliana and Maria Antonelli to claim Sao Luis gold

Agatha and Barbara now top the Brazil Tour rankings after winning gold in Sao Luis
Sao Luis, Brazil, January 20, 2014 – Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas showed that they will be in contention for podium places in the upcoming 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour when they took top spot in the Banco do Brasil Beach Volleyball Tour.

The pair defeated Juliana Felisberta and Maria Antonelli and now sit atop the rankings with 2,080 points, forty more than Juliana and Maria Antonelli, after six stages of the Brazilian Tour.

In the final Agatha and Barbara won 2-0 (21-16, 21-15), with Agatha voted the player of the tournament.

“We always want to play better, but we just have to focus on the result right now,” Agatha said. “As we knew we weren’t 100 percent physically, we had to use our technique to win.

The 2014 World Tour starts with the Fuzhou Open in China from April 22-27 and features nine Grand Slams, the Grand Slam final and 11 Open tournaments, the last of which is the Durban Open from December 10-14. 

In 2013 Barbara and Liliane Maestrini won bronze at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, silver at the Gstaad Grand Slam and bronze at the Rome Grand Slam. Agatha meanwhile played alongside Maria Antonelli and the pair won silver at the Corrientes Grand Slam and bronze at the Sao Paolo Grand Slam. 

A year previously Agatha and Barbara played together in nine World Tour competitions, with their best result at the Bangsaen Open in Thailand, where they won silver. 

“We now have more pressure on us and we cannot relax,” Barbara said. “We played great players today and we want to congratulate them because they have forced us to improve so much this season.”

In the bronze medal match Angela Vieira and Val defeated current FIVB World Tour champions Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima 2-0 (22-20, 21-17).

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