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Beach Volleyball - 13. December 2011.

Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Uruguay qualify for Final Round of Continental Cup

Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela went through to the final phase of the Women’s Beach Volleyball Continental Cup – and a chance to fight for a spot in the London Olympics – following the conclusion of the final phase in Guatapé on Sunday.


Host country Colombia was narrowly missed out. Brazil finished with 31 points, followed by Argentina with 26. Uruguay, Venezuela and Colombia all finished with 21 points but Colombia missed out due to an inferior set ratio.


Once again, strong rains delayed the start of matches on the fourth day, but after the action started Brazil 1 (Camila Fonseca/ Isabela Maio) completed their participation with an outstanding 2-1 (19-21, 21-15, 21-14) victory over Venezuela 1 (Orquidea Vera/ Frankelina Rodrigues). The match started with the Venezuelans hitting their form, but in the second set Fonseca/ Maio improved and rallied to overcome their opponents. In the tiebreak set, Brazil quickly opened up a six-point lead and held on to the end.


Fonseca noted how all the South American teams have improved in the last five years: "Previously, we were able to win matches on our serve, but now have to concentrate very hard to win. We came here to win all our matches but faced some strong teams."


The fourth day saw several more exciting matches, particularly surrounding the contest between Colombia, Uruguay and Venezuela, who were fighting for the two remaining spots in the final round. The pick of the matches was Uruguay 2 (Karina Cardozo/ Maria Eugenia Nieto) against Venezuela 1 (Orquidea Vera/ Frankelina Rodrigues), a marathon effort that included a 62-point second set and which saw Venezuela prevail 2-1 (21-13, 30-32, 17-15).


Fourth-day results
Game 1
CAMILA FONSECA/ ISABELA MAIO (BRA 1) def. LUCIANA FORGUEZ/ GABRIELA ALBANO (ARG 2) 2-0 (21-14, 21-14)
Game 2
KARINA CARDOZO/ MARIA EUGENIA NIETO (URG 2) def. SARA FRAIJA/ YULY SALAMANCA (COL 2) 2-0 (21-13, 21-16)
Game 3
LIVIA MENDONÇA/ THAIS FERREIRA (BRA 2) def. KARELYS MOSQUERA/ NORISBETH AGUDO (VEN 2) 2-0 (21-15, 21-14)
Game 4
ANA GALLAY/ VIRGINIA ZONTA (ARG 1) def. LUCIA GUIGOU/ FABIANA GOMEZ (URU 1) 2-0 (21-16, 21-18)
Game 5
CAMILA FONSECA/ ISABELA MAIO (BRA 1) def. ORQUIDEA VERA/ FRANKELINA RODRIGUES (VEN 1) 2-0 (19-21, 21-19, 15-9)
Game 6
LIVIA MENDONÇA/ THAIS FERREIRA (BRA 2) def. ANDREA GALINDO/ CLAUDIA GALINDO (COL 1) 2-0 (21-18, 21-12)
Game 7
LUCIA GUIGOU/ FABIANA GOMEZ (URU 1) def. KARINA CARDOZO/ MARIA EUGENIA NIETO (VEN 2) 2-0 (21-16, 21-11)
Game 8
ANA GALLAY/ VIRGINIA ZONTA (ARG 1) def. SARA FRAIJA/ YULY SALAMANCA (COL 2) 2-0 (21-9, 21-15)
Game 9
ORQUIDEA VERA/ FRANKELINA RODRIGUES (VEN 1) def. KARINA CARDOZO/ MARIA EUGENIA NIETO (URG 2) 2-1 (21-13, 30-32, 17-15)
Game 10
ANDREA GALINDO/ CLAUDIA GALINDO (COL 1) def. LUCIANA FORGUEZ/ GABRIELA ALBANO (ARG 2) 2-0 (21-14, 21-7)

 

 

 

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