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Brazil’s women and men advance to Continental Cup Final

Victoria (left) and Taina helped Brazil into the Continental Cup Final
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 5, 2019 – Brazil’s women’s and men’s teams reached the CSV Continental Cup final phase when they won the third phase of the tournament in City Park in Brasilia on Thursday. 

Continental Cup matches are played as a best of five rubbers, with countries represented by two teams. The tournament is made up of three phases and winner of the play-offs for the teams that finish second and third in the three tournaments. The winner of the final phase in June will book a place for their National Olympic Committee at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Brazil were represented by Juliana Felisberta and Andressa Ramalho, and Taina Bigi and Victoria Lopes in the women’s tournament, while in the men’s Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic gold medallist Alison Cerutti teamed up with Alvaro Filho, while Pedro Solberg and Vitor Felipe continued their nascent partnership.  

In the final Brazil’s women triumphed 3-0 over Ecuador, whose team was made up of Briggitte Ocampo and Ariana Becerra, and Ketty Angulo and Andrea Villamar. Brazil’s men beat Venezuela’s Jose Gomes and Charley Rangel, and Igor Hernandez and Hernan Tovar 4-0.

“We are very happy to have the chance to represent Brazil in the Continental Cup,” Taina said. “It is a tournament that we had never played but we already knew the girls from Ecuador having played them on the South American Tour. It was very good to guarantee these two victories, to help Brazil.”

The first qualifying tournament took place in Chile in January and the host nation’s Esteban and Marco Grimalt, and Gaspar Lammel and Ignacio Zavala qualified on the men’s side, while Colombia’s Diana Rios and Yuli Ayala, and Andrea and Claudia Galindo reached the women’s final. 

The second was divided between two venues. Argentina’s women’s teams of Maria Zonta and Brenda Churin, and Ana Gallay and Fernanda Pereyra won in Asuncion, Paraguay, while their male compatriots won at home in Mar del Plata. 

Four years ago the Grimalt cousins won the men’s tournament, while Venezuela’s Olaya Perez Pazo and Norisbeth Gonzalez joined them at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games by winning the women’s tournament.

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