Last weekend I went to Lima, Peru and represented Brazil in one of the stops of the South American Games. I played with a friend of mine Camila Bertozzi, who also plays the Brazilian Tour.
We arrived on friday afternoon, went straight to the hotel (Peru Pacifico), rested for a bit and went get a little practice in. Came back and ate dinner and went to sleep right away...
Next day we were supposed to play the 1st match but a player form Peru got hurt and we won by for-feit. Then we beat Argentina #2 in 2 sets and Ecuador also in 2 straight sets. That put us in quarter finals for the next day.
Next day we beat Uruguay #1 team in 2 straight sets, which put us in the semis. Since there's a rule that says that there cannot be two teams from the same country in the finals, we were put automatically against Brazil's #2 team of Pauline Alves and Mariana Pladema. The younger girls played well and actually were leading the whole 2nd set with a lot of fire after losing the 1st set by 2 points only. Camila and I cleaned-up our game and came back to win 21-19.
The other semi-final was played by Argentina #1 and Colombia #2 (who used to be #1 before). Colombia won 2-0 and came to play us after the brazilian young girls beat Argentina in 2 sets to get 3rd place!!! YAYYY!!!
Our final was a good game! We started both teams siding out well, but at half way through Colombia put a little more pressure but we hadled it well and cosed the set. The second set they started 5-2 and we switched to the "bad side" (the side where we stay and is against the wind, that helps them to use the wind more, making it harder for us to control the ball). But we were slowly closing the gap by the middle of the set. All of the sudden my jump serves "clicked" and i served 4-5 straight points, with aces and birthday balls!!! WOOOHOOO. With that we tied up the game and passed them right at the end to finish the match!!!
YAYYYYYYYY WE WON!!!! It was such a fun experience and it helped me even more to stay loose while playing!!! SOOO MUCH FUN! I would definitely do it again if i have the chance.
Here are some pics from the trip!
Welcome to my Blog!
I hope you guys enjoy my blogs. I just want to share a little this wonderful journey that i am living. :)