Hosts Argentina and Colombia begin South American Olympic qualifier with victories
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, January 7, 2016 - Colombia defeated Venezuela 3-2 in a very close opening match at the South American Women's Olympic Qualification Tournament in Bariloche, Argentina. In the second match of the day, hosts Argentina defeated Chile in straight sets. The five teams participating in the competition, which runs until Sunday, are playing for a berth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In the first match of the day, Colombia - led by Argentine coach Eduardo Guillaume - defeated Venezuela 3-2 (25-14, 15-25, 21-25, 25-17, 17-15). Colombia put on an strong performance, but Venezuela never stopped fighting. Madelaynne Montaño was key for Colombia, topping the scorers' list with 24 points, while Aleoscar Blanco led Venezuela with 15.
The opening ceremony was followed by the second match of the tournament between hosts Argentina and Chile. The local team claimed a clear 3-0 victory (25-10, 25-15, 25-14).
Tomorrow the competition continues with Peru playing their first match of the competition against Chile at 16.00. Argentina meet Venezuela at 19.00. Both matches will be broadcast live by the South American Volleyball Confederation on www.voleysur.com. The Argentina match will also be on TyC Sports.