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South American Tour of Playa: Venezuela is the next stop

Thais and Rebecca are the new women's pair to represent Brazil

Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, May 17, 2013 - Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and others seven host teams in men division and five teams in the women will compete Friday at the South America Beach Volleyball Tour in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela.

Chile, the highest ranked country on male’s competition, and Brazil, leading the females, reach the sand with new names this year.

Thais/Rebecca and Daniel Lazzari/Edson Philip are the new pairs to represent the country in the competition. They join Fernanda Berti/Elize Maia and Thiago/Hevaldo, who have already participated in other stages this season.

After five steps, played in Santa Fe (ARG), Viña Del Mar (CHI), Montevideo (URU), Lima (PER) and Asuncion (PAR), Brazil leads the continental women’s ranking, with 980 points, followed by Argentina (860) and Venezuela (660). In men’s ranking, however, the Paraguayan capital, surpassed by Chile, which now add up 920 points.  Just 20 points ahead of Brazilian team led by Leticia Pessoa. Venezuela remained in third place with 800 points.

To keep the Brazilian sovereignty among women, two athletes who have become accustomed to facing each other as rivals will play together in Puerto La Cruz. 

"The interesting thing is that we know very well because we played against each other for a long time," said Thais. "It has even helped in our rapport during practice in Saquarema. But it is easy to play with Rebecca, who has a very refined technique."

Thaís has good memories of South America, where she won the only competition that she competed in during the 2011/2012 season, in Colombia with her partner Josi. 

Rebecca has already won three competitions in the current season, with Lili as her partner. 

The competition this season is also starting to record points for the world ranking.
"It's always important to be playing," said Rebecca. "We always face the South American Beach competition as a learning experience, is good to see how are the pairs in neighboring countries, if new partnerships are emerging. Of course it will be special because it marked my first tournament with the Thais. We will try to get another good result for Brazil."
In Puerto La Cruz, Thais/Rebecca and Fernanda Berti/Elize Maia will compete against Ana Gallay/Virginia Zonta and  Georgina Klug/Natali Flaviani, from Argentina; Maria Francisca Rivas/Camila Pasdirek and Daniela Bravo/Pilar Mardonez, from Chile; Claudia Galindo/Andrea Galindo and Gina Martinez/Margarita Guzman, from Colômbia; Patricia Caballero/Michelle Valiente, from Paraguai; Alexandra Machado/Alexandra Carrasco and Grecia Herrada/Katerinne Mabel, from Peru; and Frankelina Rodrigues/Milagros Hernandez, Orquidea Vera/Karelys Mosquera, Maria Barreto/Aleismar Manrrique, Amarelis Marsella/Cristina Piña and Lennis Zambrano/Mariangel Santana, from Venezuela.

In the men’s competition there will be 14 teams competing for the title with the Brazilians: Thiago/Hevaldo and Edson Filipe/Daniel Lazzari, Ian Mehamed/Julian Azaad and Pablo Suarez/Pablo Bianchi, from Argentina; Rodrigo Salinas/Cristobal Martínes, from Chile; Carlos Vasquez/Atherson Esparza and Julian Martinez/Alex Racero, from Colômbia; Mauricio Brizuela/Luis Riveros, from Paraguai; Jose Vargas/Franco Castillo, from Peru; and Igor Hernandez/Jesus Villafañe, Jackson Henriquez/Leonard Colina, Fernando Ramos/Carlos Rangel, Vicente Salazar/Gerardo Mendez, Jhonatan Golindano/Cesar Castro, Angel Sandoval/Emmanuel Sanchez and Carlos Ramirez/Marcos Ramirez, from Venezuela.



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