Brazil and Chile top podium in Cochabamba
Cochabamba, Bolivia, June 2, 2013 – Brazil and Chile have topped the podium in the women’s and men’s competition respectively at the seventh stop of the South American Beach Volleyball Circuit in Cochabamba. This is the first time Bolivia have hosted a stop on the circuit after more than a decade.
Brazilian women’s pair Fernanda Berti-Elize Maia defeated Colombia’s Galindo sisters 2-0 (21-16, 21-18), while Chile’s Grimalt cousins beat Venezuela’s Olympic pair Igor Hernandez-Jesus Villafane 2-0 (21-18, 21-16) in the finals of the men’s competition.
This was the first time that the Galindo sisters have
qualified for a final and although they took the lead at certain times during
the match, they could not, unfortunately, maintain a steady rhythm against the
strong Brazilian pair.
The bronze medal match saw host team Maria Luisa Camacho-Franchesca Canedo defeat Argentina’s Georgina Klug/Alejandra Graiño 2-0 (21-14, 21-17). The result was very important for Bolivia as it celebrated the return to the South American Beach Volleyball competitions with a place at the podium.
On the men’s side, the Grimalt cousins played an intense match against Venezuela’s Igor Hernandez-Jesus Villafane. “We came here through hard work and with the determination to obtain a good result. I am happy and want to thank our coaching team,” said Marco Grimalt after the victory. “We had some euphoric moments. We fought hard for some points but this is completely normal in a final match. We know that Igor and Jesus play very well,” said Esteban.
The bronze medal match pitted two Brazilian teams against each other, with victory going to the Brazil 2 team of Oscar and Felipe overcoming Brazil 1 team Thiago-Hevaldo, 2-0.
There were 32 teams that took part in this seventh
stop hailing from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay,
including 14 from the host country.
1 – Brazil 1
1 – Chile
Best Blocking: Fernanda Berti (BRA) - Igor Hernandez