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15-09-2012

CEDETALVO: FUNES-DE ELORZA WON THE GRASS-ROOT COMPETITION

Match between the best pairs of the grass-root catogories of the country

Mar del Plata, Argentina, September 15, 2012 - It looks amazing and impacful. No words come out when one sees the first indoor heated beach volleyball field of the country at the Mar del Plata resort city of Club CeDeTalVo. The opening ceremony, taken through out three-days activities that not only show the best pairs of all Argentine beach volleyball but also include a seminar, training for little children and different events in what promises to be a year round the clock venue for beach volleyball for Argentina. This Saturday morning finished the grass-root categories competition and the same was won by Facundo Funes and Samuel De Elorza. Their award will be to participate of the inauguration of this wonderful training centre with the Seniors' tournament.

This Mar del Plata youth talented players team is part of the grass-root categories with which the Argentine Volleyball Federation is working in different sand field development centres in the country (with Mar del Plata being one of the most important now with the heated facility). This team is a promise on the long run and even during this 2012 season, they represented Argentina at the Youth's World Championship held in Cyprus, finishing ninth at the final standing.

The winners first had to overcome the U 18 competition, held during this Friday and Saturday overcoming in the final match Tomas Unchalo-Franco Murillo. Them, they face the best team of the U 16 competition.

In the younger tournament, the last match faced Santiago Aulisi-Augusto Lloret v Santiago Gazaba-Lucas Fernández. These lastt two players won the duel but at the end were defeated by Funes-De Elorza 17-21, 10-21.

Therefore, this promising talented young players will participate of a four-team seniors' competition this afternoon. First in Semi-finals they Facundo Del Coto - Juan Simón Zorrilla will face Ian Mehamed - Julián Azaad, two very experienced teams at the Argentine Tour.

Then, on the last match of this day, Funes-De Elorza will face the Pan-American Bronze Medal Pablo Suárez-Santiago Etchegaray. Etchegaray was at the same time their coach in Cyprus so it will be a very peculiar event.

On Sunday, after the morning with a lot of indoor events and a clinic of beach volleyball in charge of Etchegaray, Azaad and Mehamed at 14.00 the third place will be placed among the losers of both semi-final matches and at 15.00 it will be time to enjoy the final match that promises excitement and a great closing party in this inauguration.

All the activities organized during these three days were carried out by the Argentine Volleyball Federation togeher with the Buenos Aires Province Sport Secretariat and the Ente Municipal de Deportes y Recreación (EMDeR) from Mar del Plata.

(Photos - Inauguration at CeDeTalVo)

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