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Brazil and Chile reign in the sands of Medellin

Winning pairs from Brazil Elize/Fernanda and Chile's Marco/Esteban with the runners-up of the South American Beach Volleyball Tour in Medellin, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia, June 2, 2014 - Brazilian women's pair Fernanda Berti and Elize Maia and Chile's Grimalts, cousins Marco and Esteban, took the top spot on the eighth stage of the South American Beach Volleyball Tour on Sunday.

The three-day tournament saw 15 pairs in the men's and women's divisions who vied for the top spot in the most prominent South American beach volleyball competition, which will be concluding its 2013/2014 season in Paraguay in July.

The three women’s pairs and two men’s pairs of Colombia dropped out of contention in the quarterfinals as they were outmuscled by the teams from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela to advance to the semifinals.

In the women’s division, the first semifinal was between Brazil’s Elize/Fernanda and Uruguay tandem of Lucia Guigou and Fabiana Gomez. The Brazilians took a straight sets (21-15, 21-15) victory over the Uruguayans. Virginia Zonta and Juliet Putin, pair from Argentina, defeated Chilean team of Francisca Rivas and Camilla Pazdirek in the second semifinal match 2-0 (21-18, 21-15) to set a showdown with Brazil in the final.

Uruguay’s Guigou/Fabiana drew strength from their loss to Brazil and imposed a commanding game against Chileans Camilla/Francisca 2-0 (21-18, 21-15) to claim the third spot. The intense final match ensued between Argentina’s Zonta/Putin and Brazil’s Elize/Fernanda where the latter claimed the top spot in straight sets (21-13, 21-14). The Brazilians’ attacking strength relentlessly rendered the Argentine pair vulnerable in most parts of the match.

The Brazilian pair are delighted of their latest victory and the accommodating atmosphere that the hosts extend to their guests.

“We were fighting for the title for our country and we are very happy with this victory,” said Elize.

“This is the third time we played here and we love how the people treats us, they are always willing to help,” added Fernanda.

Elize/Fernanda are dominating this season where they participated in five stops and have won three championships and two second place finishes.

In the men’s division, Brazil’s Harley and Jo Silva Gomes overcame Argentines Ian Mehamed and Facundo Del Coto 2-1 (13-21, 21-13, 15-7) in the semifinal to face Chile’s Grimalts, who defeated Venezuela’s Gerardo Mendez and Vicente Salazar 2-0 (21-14, 21-16) in the other semifinal match.

Argentina’s Mehamed/Coto proved to be the more powerful pair against Venezuela’s Salazar/Mendez as the Argentines easily defeated the Venezuelans 2-0 (21-13, 21-18).

The Grimalts are making their eighth final round appearance and once again, they will face Brazil’s Harley/Jo. Brazil started off strong but the Argentine pair recovered to finish on top 2-1 (18-21, 21-15, 15-13). The match was contested point by point with strong attacks and blocks from each side, delighting the Medellin crowd.

“We are very happy with this win and all our results this season,” said Esteban. “The final match was very difficult, we changed our strategy in the second set and got lucky on the ball at match point. It is such a great improvement this season.”


Women’s semifinals
Brazil vs Uruguay 2-0 (21-15, 21-15)
Argentina vs Chile 2-0 (21-18, 21-15)

Women’s finals
Third Place – Uruguay vs Chile 2-0 (21-18, 21-15)
Final – Brazil vs Argentina 2-0 (21-13, 21-14)

1 – Brazil
2 – Argentina 1
3 – Uruguay
4 – Chile
5 to 8 – Colombia 2, Colombia 6, Argentina 2, Colombia 3
9 to 16 -  Ecuador, Gibraltar, Venezuela 1, Colombia 5, Paraguay, Colombia 4, Venezuela 2, Colombia 1

Men’s semifinals
Brazil 2 vs Argentina 1 – 2-1 (13-21, 21-13, 15-7)
Chile vs Venezuela 1 – 2-0 (21-14, 21-16)

Men’s finals
Third Place – Argentina 1 vs Venezuela 1 – 2-0 (21-18, 21-15)
Final – Chile vs Brazil 2 – 2-1 (18-21, 21-15, 15-13)

1 – Chile
2 – Brazil 2
3 – Argentina 1
4 – Venezuela 1
5 to 8 – Colombia 1, Venezuela 2, Colombia 4, Argentina 2
9 to 16 -  Colombia 7, Brazil 1, Colombia 6, Bolivia, Colombia 5, Colombia 2, Uruguay, Colombia 3

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