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Corrientes Grand Slam women’s pool play hot on chilly day

Argentina's Ana Gallay is all about focus at the net against Austriai's Doris Schwaiger as Gallay and teammate Maria Zonta upset Doris and her sister Stefanie during pool play Thursday at the FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam in Argentina.

Corrientes, Argentina, May 23, 2013 - Hoping to create the opportunity to advance to Friday’s round of 24 single elimination phase, eight women’s teams are undefeated after playing Thursday’s two of three rounds of pool play at the $440,000 FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam double-gender tournament. Undefeated with 2-0 records are three teams from Germany, two from Brazil and one each from Czech Republic, The Netherlands and the United States advanced. Using a tie-breaker point ration, leading the other pool is another team from Brazil with a 1-1 record.

Main Draw round-robin four-team pool play finishes with one match Friday morning. Pool Play will identify the final 24 teams for the single-elimination bracket where two additional rounds will also be played on Friday. The women’s portion of round 2 of the 10-event 2013 FIVB World Tour will conclude Saturday with the women’s quarterfinals, semifinals and medal matches. With the event being held for the first time in Corrientes the purpose-built site is located on the sands of Arazati Beach – Costanera Sur.

For the women, the eight undefeated teams are Germany’s Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler, Karla Borger/Britta Buthe and Julia Grossner/Victoria Bieneck, Brazil’s Maria Antonelli/Agatha Bednarczuk and Taiana Lima/Talita Antunes along with Czech Republic’s Marketa Slukova/Kristyna Kolocova, the Netherlands’ Madelein Meppelink/Sophie van Gestel and USA’s Jennifer Kessy/April Ross.

Seven of these eight teams lead their respective pools except Czech Republic’s Slukova/Kolocova who have a lower point ratio than Brazil’s Lima/Antunes. Brazil’s Lima/Antunes and Czech Republic’s Sluova/Kolocova will meet tomorrow to decide the winner of their pool.

All eight pool winners will receive an automatic bye into the second round of the single-elimination tournament.

Tied with 1-1 records, Brazilian sisters Maria Clara Salgado/Carolina Salgado lead the other pool with a higher point ratio. All four teams in the pool have the same record. Besides the Salgados, the other teams are Russia’s Maria Prokopeva/Irina Chaika, Switzerland’s Stefanie Schwaiger/Doris Schwaiger and Argentina’s own Ana Gallay/Maria Zonta.

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