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Nanjing, China, August 25, 2014 - There is an only chance now for Argentine Beach Volleyball to win a medal at the Youth's Olympic Games in hands of Santiago Aulisi-Leandro Aveirio playing for a place at the semi-finals this evening at 21.00 while Camila Hiruela-Irene Verasio were overcome by Brazil after terrific first set match. Anyway they showed an outstanding level with a total record of win-loss 5-2 in their first world competition experience. Brazil and Canada advanced to the sem-ifinals of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games by winning on a sunny Monday afternoon at the Nanjing Sports Park Complex.

Brazil won a hard-fought match over South American rivals Argentina, 2-0 (26-24, 21-14), to move on to the semi-finals. “Argentina made this a very tough match,” said Brazil’s Eduardo Santos Lisboa.

Brazil’s Ana Patricia Silva, the tallest women’s player at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games at 6-foot-4 (193 cm), made life difficult for Argentina, recording several key blocks in the second set to inspire the Brazilians.

“We fought as equals, so we are happy,” Argentina’s Irene Varasio. “Nothing went wrong, they were just better than us.”

Lisboa has now won 17 consecutive matches, including the gold medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships in Porto, Portugal.

Brazil will play the winner of Austria vs. Russia in the semi-finals on August 26. “Right now we will rest and focus on our next match,” Ana Patricia said.

In the other quarterfinal of the afternoon session, Canada moved on by defeating their North American rivals, the United States, 2-1 (14-21, 21-18, 15-8).

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