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Good start at the South American Tour of Del Coto-Bianchi

Macae, Brazil, January 26, 2014 - The Argentine delegation finished with a very positive result at the first stop of the South American Beach Volleyball Tour held this weekend in the Brazilian city of Macae with the men's teams winning two medals, one Silver for Pablo Bianchi and Facundo Del Coto while Ian Mehamed-Julian Azaad won the Bronze Medal. Among the women's teams, Ana Gallay-Georgina Klug finished among the best four teams of the Continent competition.

All medals at stake were played between the host teams of Brazil and Argentina. Sunday started the competition among the best four teams of each gender. The first matches were carried out by the women, Gallay-Klug faced a very demanding match in semi-finals against the best Brazilian home team of Fernanda Berti-Elize Maia in the competition.

There, the powerful performance of the host team overcame quite easily the light blue - white team even though Gallay and Klug showed recovery in the second set by 2-0 (21-8, 21-17). Therefore they had to play afterwards against another host team, Duda-Thais for the Bronze Medal. In a very tied match the Brazilian girls won 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) to leave the Argentine team out of the Podium but showing they stand among the top teams of the Continent.

On the men's competition, one of the semi-finals was all light blue - white with Del Coto-Bianchi facing Mehamed-Azaad that finished in a very tied match 2-1 (17-21, 21-15, 15-9). Prior to the final, Mehamed-Azaad won the Bronze Medal as the Brazilian Team Hevaldo-Jo left the competition due to an injury, being absent at the match.

The final match was a "classical" demanding match between Argentina and Brazil. Del Coto-Bianchi had the chance of winning the first set leading 20-17 but with a great reaction of the host team, Allison-Guto closed it winning 22-20. Thereafter the host team grew in confidence obtaining the title after winning the second set 21-16.

With this result, Brazil as host country covered most of both Podiums winning four medals while Argentina obtained two at the beginning of the 2014 season.