Brazil sweeps BVR Invitational

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jun 11, 2016 07:01 PM
Brazil sweeps BVR Invitational
The powerful Brazilian tandem of Mimi Amaral and Bruna Figueredo were on a whole different level in the BVR Invitational. (Photo from BVR on Twitter, @bvr_ph)

Brazilians Mimi Amaral and Bruna Figueredo were so good they beat their championship opponents twice in one afternoon.

The powerful Brazilian tandem went undefeated at Anguib Beach in Sta. Ana, Cagayan to capture the first Beach Volleyball Republic Invitational title Saturday against Jennifer Snyder and Chara Harris of the United States.

Bruna and Mimi took a hard-fought championship game in three sets, 21-14, 18-21, 15-9, to win the title and the $6,000  (around P280,000) prize that went along with it.

Team Brazil 1 picked up the pace to go up 1-0 early before Snyder and Harris delivered a clutch performance to send the game to a deciding third set.

That's where Mimi and Bruna controlled the contest, pulling away late to take the first BVR International title home to Brazil, 15-9.

It was a far cry from their first meeting earlier in the day as Amaral and Figueredo handily beat Snyder and Harris in the winner's bracket semifinal, 21-13, 21-9, to make the finals outright.

The top Brazilian pair swept through the Invitational, validating their pre-tournament credentials.

After losing the first match to Mimi and Bruna, Snyder and Harris had to beat USA 2 composed of Alexa Micek and Leah Hinkey again, 21-10, 21-14, to arrange the rematch.

USA 2 earlier eliminated New Zealand in the loser's bracket semifinal, 21-8, 21-16, to finish third.

Snyder and Harris took home $4,500 while Micek and Hinkey got $3,500.

Julia Tilley and Alice Bain of New Zealand received $2,500 as the fourth-place winners.

It was the second time BVR went to Anguib Beach, the first was during the BVR on Tour.

A sandroots program was done in the morning of day 3 where coaches including Erica Adachi and Rupia Inck of Brazil 2 taught a group of kids the fundamentals of beach volleyball.

A total of 12 teams competed in the BVR Invitational, 10 international and two local.


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