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The girls must give their utmost to go on with their Olympic dream

London, Great Britain, August 1, 2012 - The Olympic dream of Ana Gallay-Virginia Zonta at the Women's Beach Volleyball competition of the London Olympic Games is still alive. The Argentine pair - first time that an Argentine women's team competes at the Olympic beach volleyball competition - will face the Netherlands Sanne Keizer and Marleen Van Iersel at 7.00 Argentine time this Thursday morning and the winner could go on fighting for one of the Medals.

Both teams reached this third match winless and the winner depending on the result of all third standing teams could go on directly to Round 1 (best four) or play Lucky Losers to qualify for the same first round.

While Gallay-Zonta were overcome in very fought matches and always 2-0 v USA Kessy-Ross and the Spanish Baquerizo-Fernández, Netherlands team Keizer-Van Iersel were defeated in both matches by tie-breaks.

The loser will finish their participation at the London Olympic Games 2012.

Three of six women’s pools, each with four teams, will conclude round-robin pool play Thursday with the top two finishers in each pool automatically advancing to the start of single elimination play at the London 2012 Olympic Games beach volleyball competition at Horse Guards Parade in central London.

A total 24 women’s beach volleyball teams from 17 countries are competing in London and half of them will be the last to finish three rounds of pool play Thursday in the purpose-built, sold-out 15,000-seat stadium on the grounds of the iconic Horse Guards Parade as the majestic venue also includes a portion of adjacent St. James Park in historic central London.

Highlighting Thursday’s women’s pool play action will be will be several matches with significant impact on the bracket placement for single elimination. At the top of the list will be the only match of the day featuring undefeated 2-0 teams at 4:30 p.m. as USA’s fourth-seeded Jennifer Kessy/April Ross will meet Spain’s surprising 16th-seeded Elsa Baquerizo/Liliana Fernandez Steiner in the first meeting between these two FIVB SWATCH World Tour regulars.

Another spotlight match will be the 2:30 p.m. battle in the midday session, between a pair of 1-1 teams striving for better bracket placement as Germany’s eighth-seeded Sara Goller/Laura Ludwig challenging Netherlands’ 20th-seeded Madelein Meppelink/Sophie van Gestel. The veteran Germans lead the young Dutch in their series 2-0 both this year on the FIVB SWATCH World Tour in Beijing and Shanghai.

Certainly a popular match for the thousands of British spectators filling the stadium, the 3:30 p.m. match in the midday session will be the first-time meeting between Great Britain’s sixth-seeded Zara Dampney/Shauna Mullin and Russia’s 18th-seededEkaterina Khomyakova/Evgenia Ukolova, both 1-1 in their pool

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Official FIVB Website - London Olympic Games 2012:
Fixture and Results - Information (FIVB Official Media Guide on line)