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02-11-2013

HISTORICAL FIFTH PLACE FOR ARGENTINA AT PHUKET OPEN

Argentina fought to the end v one of the best Brazilian teams

Phuket, Thailand, November 2, 2013 - Very early Argentine time this Saturday morning, Ana Gallay-Georgina Klug finished their participation at the Phuket Open, with the best ever performance for an Argentine women team at a Beach Volleyball FIVB event in the world. The Argentine team finished fifth at the competition.

In the third round, the team of Maria Antonelli-Agatha Bednarczuk from Brazil (5) defeated the Argentine Team 0-2 (14-21, 19-21) with the light blue - white team recovering from a first set in which the Brazilian girls took a great lead from the start but it was not enough for Gallay-Klug to force a tie-breaker.

Anyhow, this fifth place represents for Argentina an historical hint as it is the first time that a Beach Volleyball Argentine Women Team reaches such a good ranking at an international FIVB event in the World. Gallay-Klug started playing together this year and up to now they finished ninth in Anapa and five times qualified for the second round at Grand Slam competitions, the best ones organized by the FIVB in the World.

In Phuket, Gallay-Klug obtained four victories and an only defeat (at eliminatory stage) v the Brazilian team that obtained the Silver Medal at Corrientes Grand Slam, last May.

Argentina’s Ana Gallay and Georgina Klug gain their best ever result, reaching the final eight at the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball Phuket Open on Friday. The popular Phuket Open is back this year as the penultimate FIVB Open event of the season running from October 29 to November 3.

Gallay/Klug met Jamie Lynn Broder and Kristina Valjas from Canada in their only match of the day after progressing directly into round two of single elimination, winning 2-0(21-15, 21-16).

Onwards & upwards

Gallay/Klug retained the form they have shown so far in Phuket by maintaining control, despite their clear excitement during the match against Broder/Valjas. Argentina took an early lead in the second and Canada could never close the gap, even with some great saves by Valjas.

A strategic Gallay/Klug time-out for Canada’s serve at match point played out and a lovely Gallay tip over the net closed the match to vocal Argentinian celebrations.

“I cannot say more than happy, happy, happy. It’s difficult to say what you feel after our first season playing together. Actually almost our first year playing beach volleyball, so we are really proud of the whole effort that we made the whole year with the coaches in Argentina and everybody,” said Klug.

Gallay/Klug only teamed up this year and took their best result at the Anapa Open with ninth.

“We really played with the heart every point, we never got to a fifth position in the whole season so we’re really fighting for it and every point for us was like a victory. We feel really confident I think,” said Klug.

For me it is the best tournament in the whole year because I have the beach, and a great beach here. We really enjoy that, going to the sea five times a day and enjoying this amazing place.”

The Argentinian pair now face Agatha Bednarczuk and Maria Antonelli on Saturday to vie for a place in the semi-final in Phuket.

“I’m feeling happy, tired and very determined,” said Gallay.

"We feel really good for tomorrow, we really want to play and we will see what happens, but for sure we play with the heart.”

The Argentinian pair topped Pool D on Thursday by beating Brazil’s Maria Clara Salgado Rufino and Carolina Solberg Salgado. Maria Clara-Carol are now the top seeded players left in the tournament after they knocked out Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst in a well matched three set battle 2-1 (13-21, 21-17, 15-11).

Phuket Open: Results - Ranking
Photos: FeVA - FIVB

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