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Beach Volleyball - 10. March 2010.

Mexicans Candelas and Garcia stun SWATCH FIVB World Champions Kessy and Ross


 

Mexican pair Candelas and Garcia beat Kessy and Ross 2-1 in the final despite being 23 places behind them in the world rankings
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, March 8, 2010 – Mexicans Bibi Candelas and Mayra Garcia scored an astonishing victory over SWATCH FIVB 2009 World Champions Jennifer Kessy and April Ross of USA to win the gold medal in the four-team Beach Volleyball Tournament celebrating the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence on Sunday.


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The no.26 world ranked Candelas and Garcia prevailed against the pre-tournament favourites Kessy and Ross 2-1 (21-17, 20-22, 19-17) in an epic three-set battle.

“We are so happy with the result,” said Candelas. “We knew it was not an easy match but the motivation of the fans was important. It is a confidence builder now that we are about to start the SWATCH FIVB World Tour.”


“The third set could have gone either way,” commented Garcia. “It was so close but the good thing is that in the end the trophy stayed at home.”


In the bronze medal match, Canadians and world no.23 Annie Martin and Marie-Andree Lessard defeated Puerto Ricans Yarleen Santiago and Dariam Acevedo  2-0 (18-16, 21-13).


In Saturday’s matches, Candelas and Garcia defeated Martin and Lessard  2-1 (18-21, 21-17, 15-12) and Kessy and Ross edged Santiago and Acevedo 2-1 (22-24, 21-15, 15-7).


On the first day of the tournament, held at a temporary facility in front of the spectacular Banderas Bay, the eventual champions defeated  Santiago and Acevedo 2-0 (21-17, 21-13) whilst Kessy and Ross defeated the duo of Martin and Lessard 2-1 (21-19, 15-21, 15-11.)
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