Maria Antonelli/Carolina Horta earn Xiamen semifinal spot

 Xiamen, China, April 22, 2017 – The performance of the day must be handed to Brazil’s Maria Antonelli and Carolina Horta Maximo who earned a well deserved semifinal position in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Xiamen Open 2017.

In the round of sixteen Maria Antonelli/Carolina Horta took on number two seeded team, fellow Brazilians Josemari Alves and Liliane Maestrini. Familiarity between the teams extended to the fact both Maria Antonelli and Carol Horta have partnered with Lili in previous years. The result was, of course a very close fought match resulting in a 53 minute battle which Maria Antonelli/Carolina Horta shut down in the tie break 2-1 (23-25, 23-21, 15-11).

“I’m very proud of my team, we were focused and had energy to the end of the game. I’m very proud of my partner, she made a lot of good defense and good attacks,” said Maria Antonelli.

“We don’t like to play against our country because we like to meet them in the semifinal or the final, so everyone can get the medal,” said Carol.