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Buen recorrido para los argentinos en Chipre

Larnaka, Cyprus, July 13, 2012 - Once more, Argentina finished among the best U 19 Beach Volleyball World Teams at the Cyprus World Championship 2012. Facundo Funes-Samuel De Elorza representing Argentina advanced to the worthy 9th ranked place among 32 participating teams.

The Argentine team started the third date with a new victory in a very intensive match bouncing back after losing the first set, against the Japanese team of Kurokawa-Tsuiki 2-1 (17-21, 21-15, 15-7).

Then, in the afternoon in second round came the match v the Polish Lukasz Kaczmarek-Sebastian Kaczmarek (3) and with one of them, champion at this same competition in Umag, Croatia. Funes-De Elorza battled each ball but were defeated 0-2 (21-9, 11-21). In the single elimination path already, they finished 9th.

This result, on one side is the successful defence of last season's championship when Lisandro Rouzic-Mateo Iwanowski in Croatia also finished 9th in the first historical presence of a U 19 team at a World Championship but also showing that the Argentine Funes-De Elorza are a clear reflection of the work of the Argentine Volleyball Federation at its Beach Volleyball Development Centres with this team getting ready at Mar del Plata venue, city where they were born and where they train together with other very talented young athletes that promise a great future for Argentina.

At this tournament, no South American team reached Quarter-Finals. Brazil, country with outstanding players recognized at World level was eliminated at the same second round as Argentina.

(U 19 Beach Volleyball World Championship official site)