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Uruguay will face Argentina after defeating Venezuela

Montevideo, Uruguay, March 11, 2012 — Venezuela was eliminated at the third stop of the Women Beach Volleyball Continental Cup played in Pocitos Resort on their way to the 2012 London Olympic Games. After a very tied first date with both countries finishing winning one match each, on the second and after playing a total of four matches at Arenas del Plata Stadium, Uruguay qualified to face Argentina, June 2nd-3rd for the vacant place for South America. Brazil already qualified thanks to their outstanding FIVB World Ranking.

On the first date VEN 1 overcame URU 2 2-1 (22-20, 21-14, 15-12)while on the second match URU 1 defeated very easily VEN 2, 2-0 (21-10, 21-12).

On Sunday all their luck was at stake. It started with the match URU 2 Karina Cardozo-Eugenia Nieto v VEN2 Orquidea Vera-Norisbeth Agudo with the victory of the host team 2-1. The local team got a four point lead but Venezuela fought until the end of the first set that finished 2-1. On the second set and showing the equality, Venezuela got the lead by the same four points but the fans started to pressure and the set was levelled 10-10 finishing 17-21 for Venezuela. The tie-breaker was won by the home team 15-8.

“The lack of concentration did not allow us to show our utmost having great and bad moments. We could at the end win because we had to” said Eugenia Nieto while her playing mate Karina added: “really the support of our fans cheering was our best weapon”:

In the hands of Lucia Guigou- Fabiana Gómez URU 1 and Karelys Mosquera-Frankelina Rodriguez VEN 1 was left all the responsibility of the definition. Once more the fans cheering their light blue team made the difference.

“It was outstanding, we believed it would be much harder than yesterday but we played with joy and support” said Lucia Guigou while Fabiana finished thanking the crowd. Her last words were: “Now we will have hard training, we have only two months to get ready and autumn is here. Argentina will be very hard, the winners go to London and the loser stays at home waiting for a chance at the Continental Play-Out at the FIVB World Cup Olympic Qualification Tournament also in June but in Italy.

The new qualification formula guaranteed a second vacant place for South America with Brazil already qualified.


Saturday, March 10th:

1 - URU2 Karina Cardozo-Eugenia Nieto 1-2 VEN1 Karelys Mosquera-Frankelina Rodriguez (20-22, 21-14, 12-15)
2 - URU1 Lucia Guigou-Fabiana Gomez 2-0 VEN2 Orquidea Vera-Norisbeth Agudo (21-10, 21-12)

Sunday, March 11th:

3 - URU2 Karina Cardozo-Eugenia Nieto 2-1 VEN2 Orquidea Vera-Norisbeth Agudo (22-20 , 17-21, 15-8)
4 - URU1 Lucia Guigou-Fabiana Gomez 2-0 VEN1 Karelys Mosquera-Frankelina Rodriguez (21-14, 21-14)