Brazil and Venezuela win gold in Uruguay
Pocitos, Uruguay, February 25, 2013 – Three days of great beach volleyball in Pocitos, Montevideo, Uruguay finished with Brazilian duo Elize-Fernanda taking home the women’s gold medal and Venezuela’s Henriquez-Colina the men’s. Sixteen men’s teams and 15 women’s participated in the South American Beach Volleyball Circuit stop at the Arenas del Plata Stadium at the Pocitos resort in the capital city of Montevideo. There were six Uruguayan teams in each gender.
Colina’s joy was evident when he said, “We came here to be part of the podium. Today we played our best game and against Uruguay we played outstandingly.” |
Argentina’s Ana Gallay-Virginia Zonta won their match against Orquidea Vera-Frankelina Rodrigues 2-0 (21-16, 21-9) in the women’s competition. In the second semifinal Brazil’s Elize-Fernanda defeated Colombia’s Andrea-Claudia Galindo 2-0 (21-11, 21-16).
The women’s final between Argentina and Brazil got off to an interesting start with Brazil’s blocking definitely its best weapon. Argentina tried to do its best but with Elize serving, Brazil got a three point lead allowing the team to win 21-18.
In the second set Brazil got an important lead of four points 7-3 but Argentina showed its might with Zonta blocking and digging to equal the score 7-7. A block from Gallay put Argentina in the lead 12-11 but Brazil recovered and after a fighting for each point Elize-Fernanda secured victory with a score of 29-27.
In her remarks after the match Elize said, “Argentina has a great team and it was a hard match, but this time we played better. We have been playing together for three months, we are friends and that helps us in the field. We are very happy playing together and as I have greater experience in beach volleyball, I talk a lot. She (Fernanda) is a great athlete and likes to learn, to train and that helps me.”
In the men’s competition, Chilean cousins, Marcos and Esteban Grimalt took the first semi-final 2-0 (21-15, 21-16) against Brazil’s Daniel-Leonardo, Venezuela’s Jackson Henriquez--Leonardo Colina won their semi-final match against Mauricio Brizuela- Luis Riveros from Paraguay. The Paraguayans had defeated the host team of Rodriguez-Williman in the quarter-finals.
The men’s final between Henriquez-Colina from Venezuela and Chile’s Grimalt cousins ended with a 2-0 win (22-20, 21-14) for the Venezuelans.
The Venezuelan duo got off to an early start on account of their excellent spiking and took the first two point lead 18-16 with a dig from Colina that saw the ball finish on the other side of the net. Chile recovered 19-19 but Venezuela managed to close the set 22-20. Henriquez-Colina managed to get a quick lead in the second set with Henriquez serving. They managed to widen the point difference against the cousins who made some non-forced errors. Although the Grimalt cousins fought valiantly they were unable to the close the gap.
- Talita/Larissa win gold at Brazil’s National Tour season opener
- Ahead of 2017 Grand Prix European squads excel in continental qualifiers
- Trentino 4th in Italian Supercup ahead of Club Worlds
- World League hopefuls all advance to European Championship finals
- China, Iran top preliminary-round pools in AVC Cup
- Ze Roberto to stay on as coach of Brazil women's team
- Walsh Jennings entering the “unknown”
- At 34, Isabelle Forrer wraps up a glittering career
- Change of guard for Venezuela's men's National Team after departure of Nacci
- “It’s been a long season”
- One month on, Rio in our hearts
- China confirm Olympic supremacy with Asian Cup title
- Men's Club World Championship takes on Olympic flavour as rosters are unveiled
- Looking back: China win Olympic gold
- Notable retirements at the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals
- Beach volleyball players explore Toronto
- Where do beach volleyball players keep their Olympic medals?
- Olympic champions seeking SWATCH Finals validation
- “Johnny Hyden, young and getting younger.”
- Germans not thinking about the money
- High Stakes on Polson Pier Saturday
- How Aleksandrs “The Lion King” Samoilovs earned his nickname
- Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis watches beach volleyball match
- Epic women's SWATCH semifinals set
- Brazil, Canada, Latvia and Poland post final men's SWATCH pool wins
- Women’s elimination matches highlight Friday’s SWATCH Finals schedule
- Beach volleyball venue earning rave reviews in Toronto
- German gals add drama to their talent
- Polish Pride on Polson Pier
- Busy Beach Volleyball schedule for Polson Pier Thursday
- Hyden's clock still ticking in Toronto
- Brazilians, Canadians & Swiss post opening women’s SWATCH Finals wins
- 2017 World Grand Prix draw completed - Olympic champions China to play silver medallists Serbia in Week 3
- Increase in teams and record prize money headlines World Grand Prix Council meeting
- Referee preparation programme praised
- FIVB Volleyball House wins award for best hospitality house of Olympic Games in Legacy category
- Beach Volleyball vibes in Canada
- Olympic final rematch confirmed as 2017 World League draw completed
- Quality and consistency key to success of a global World League
- SWATCH birthday present awaits Bansley?
- Rio 2016 stars to descend on Manila for Club World Champs
- Toronto becomes the “Capital of Beach Volleyball”
- As the Mikasa Turns - Bansley & Pavan "split" conversation
- Argentina win U23 Men’s Pan American Cup
- TALKIN’ STATS: Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals Preview
- Toronto's Tuesday Trial - Pavan’s pristine picture?
- Smashed, tied, revised or still standing: The Records of Rio 2016
- Pools and schedule outlined for Men's Club World Champs
- Trentino, UPCN and Bolivar join top teams at Men’s Club World Champs
- Lupo and Nicolai staying grounded despite Rio silver