The beginning of the South American Beach Volleyball Circuit, a tour that gives points for the South American ranking, a qualifier for the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, was held in Rancagua, Chilean city located 10 km south of the capital.
In the male category the title stayed in Chilean territory. The Asunción 2022 gold medalist, cousins Esteban and Marco Grimalt, won 2-0 (22-20 and 21-14) against the Argentinians Nicolás and Tomás Capogrosso, thus repeating the South American Games results.
“In the finals we faced a rival team with whom we have competed a lot before and these have always been tough challenges, which was particularly noticeable in the first set. We were able to react in time because of the support of the people, obtaining this important South American first place” indicated Esteban Grimalt.
The winners will continue their campaign in Qatar to face the finals of the World Circuit between Wednesday 26th and Sunday 29th alongside with the best duos of the globe.
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In the female final, the Brazilians Tainá Silva Big and Victoria Lopes Pereira Tosta managed to keep undefeated and won the gold medal of the South American competition. The couple won 2-0 (21-17 and 21-13) against the Paraguayan team, Erika Mongelos and Michelle Valiente, who eliminated in the semifinals the Chileans Francisca Rivas and Chris Vorpahl, who finally obtained the bronze medal.
The second phase of the South American Beach Volleyball will be held between February 10th and 12th on the sands of San Juan, Argentina.
The best Chilean duo will travel to Doha, Qatar to participate in “The Finals”, an event that will be carried out for the first time and closes the Beach Pro Tour 2022 (pictures from: Fevochi)
SOUTH AMERICAN BEACH VOLLEYBALL CIRCUIT
1ST DATE: RANCAGUA (CHILE)
VENUE: Complejo Deportivo Patricio Mekis
Winner: Esteban Grimalt/Marco Grimalt (CHI)
Second place: Nicolas Capogrosso/Tomas Capogrosso (ARG)
Third place: Saymon Barbosa Santos/Vinicius Rezende Costa Freitas (BRA)
Fourth place: Felipe Cavazin Numasawa/Gabriel Zulian (BRA)
Winner: Tainá Silva Big/Victoria Lopes Pereira Tosta (BRA)
Second place: Erika Mongelos/Michelle Valiente (PAR)
Third place: Francisca Rivas/Chris Vorpahl (CHI)
Fourth place: Karelys Simisterra/Ariana Estefanía Vilela (ECU)
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