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Brazil, Chile and Argentina on the podium at the first stop of the South American Beach Volleyball tour 2012/13

The two final matches were broadcast live by the new volleyball official channel TyC Sports

Santa Fe, Argentina, November 25, 2012 - The first stop of the South American Beach Volleyball Tour 2012/13 ended yesterday with a gold medal victory for Brazilian women’s duo Lili Simoes-Rebecca Silva, over Chileans Francisca Rivas-Camilla Pazdirek at the Triferto Resort in the city of Santa Fe. The bronze medal went to the Argentine team of Ana Gallay-Virginia Zonta who represented their country for the first time at the Olympics in London this summer.

Chilean cousins Marco and Esteban Grimalt took gold in the men’s competition after winning the first and third sets against Brazilian team Alvaro-Thiago and then a tie-break. Venezuela’s Farid Mussa-Jackson Henriquez won the bronze medal.

In the women’s competition, Chile made history as Francisca Rivas and Camila Pazdirek defeated Venezuelans Orquidea Vera-Grankelina Rodrriguez to bring Chile for the first time into the final. Unfortunately Gallay-Zonta were unable to win against the experienced Lili Simoes and Rebecca Silva in their semi-final, which also ended with a score of 2-0.

Gallay-Zonta took the courts again later that day. With Zonta’s outstanding serve and Gallay’s agility at the net, the duo overcame Vera-Rodriguez to win bronze for Argentina in a match that ended 2-0 (21-12, 21-14).

In the gold medal match Lili-Rebecca did not allow the Chilean team an easy time and won the final match 2-0 (21-13, 21-15). Lili was the MVP of the women’s competition.

In the men’s competition, Argentine team Pablo Suarez-Santiago Etchegaray showed an improvement in their game against Marco and Esteban Grimalt though it was not enough to win a place in the final.  Alvaro-Thiago then brought Brazil into the final with a 2-0 win over Venezuela’s Mussa-Henriquez.

Mussa-Henriquez beat Suarez-Etchegaray (2-0) to win the bronze medal, while the Argentine team finished fourth in their best performance as a team.

The men's final match pitted Thiago-Alvaro against the Grimalt cousins. Brazil won the first set easily and led the third until Esteban scored two aces, finishing the match with a score of 15-13 and capturing gold for Chile. 

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