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Brazil and Chile top podium in Cochabamba

The Grimalt cousins celebrating their win after an intense final against Venezuela's Igor Hernandez-Jesus Villafane

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. 

“Argentina and Colombia have advanced a great deal and we were aware they would be our main rivals on the South American Circuit. The Galindo sisters deserve a lot of respect having arrived at the finals and we played a level match against them.  We stepped onto the court and managed to keep our concentration and maintain our calm even when they led the score.   I am very happy with this new title that keeps Brazil as leader in the rankings,” said Elize.

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. 

Brazil continues to lead in the South American Beach Volleyball competitions with its pairs having taking the podium 16 times.  The seven stops including this weekend were Santa Fe (ARG), Viña Del Mar (CHI), Montevideo (URU), Lima (PER, Asuncion (PAR), Puerto de la Cruz (VEN).

Final standings

Overall ranking


1 – Brazil 1
2 – Colombia
3 – Bolivia
4 – Argentina


1 – Chile
2 – Venezuela
3 – Brazil 2
4 – Brazil 1

Best players

Best Blocking: Fernanda Berti (BRA) - Igor Hernandez (VEN)
Best Digging: Claudia Galindo (COL) - Oscar Brandão (BRA)
MVP: Elize Maia (BRA) - Marco Grimalt (CHIL)


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