This Monday, August 1st, a new edition of the South American Women’s Seniors will begin, in the province of San Luis and in the 37th installment of one of the FIBA tournaments with the longest history within the branch. There will be action in two cities, San Luis Capital and Villa Mercedes, with the participation of eight national federations and the focus on a new participation from Argentina.
The albiceleste Selection will be led by Gregorio Martínez, who will face his second contest at the head of the team. The preparation started at the beginning of July, with three weeks of training. The practices started with a list of 19 summoned, which was later reduced to the current 12 that make up the final squad.
For a week, the team settled in San Luis to adjust the last details of their preparation and wait for their debut.
Argentina National Team – South American San Luis Seniors
Andrea Boquete | Wing | 1.80 | 24-Sep-90 | University Ferrol (Spain)
Agostina Burani | Pivot | 1.86 | 04-Oct-91 | Araski AES (Spain)
Diana Cabrera | Pivot | 1.87 | 07-Aug-93 | Ardoí (Spain)
Luciana Delabarba | Basis | 1.69 | 29-Mar-97 | CA Lanus
Celia Fiorotto | Pivot | 1.84 | 02-Jun-92 | Picken Claret (Spain)
Agustina Garcia | Escort | 1.75 | 14-Jun-96 | Felix Perez (Paraguay)
Candela Gentinetta | Pivot Wing | 1.82 | 18-Mar-01 | Benfica (Portugal) / Berazategui
Melissa Gretter | Basis | 1.60 | 24-Jan-93 | Movistar Students (Spain)
Victoria Llorente | Pivot Wing | 1.84 | 05-Jun-96 | CD Zamarat (Spain)
Miracles Mace | Basis | 1.70 | 03-Mar-03 | CB Sant Josep (Spain)
Juliet Mungo | Wing | 1.85 | 06-Aug-97 | University Ferrol (Spain)
Camila Suarez | Basis | 1.66 | 12-Jul-00 | Sanitary Works
In addition to Gregorio Martínez, Head Coach of the National Team, the work staff is also made up of Sebastián Silva (Assistant), Sandra Pavón (Assistant), Ignacio Navazzo (Assistant); Mariano Marcos (Individual Technique Trainer), Jonathan Righero (Individual Technique Trainer); Federico Bernal (Physical Trainer); Carolina Pappalettere (Physician); Maria Paula Bauza (Kinesiologist), Ariel Machado (Kinesiologist); Christian Pizzarelli (Utilero) and Karina Rodríguez (Director of Development of Women’s Basketball).
As for the list of 12, there are five players who repeat from the last South American four years ago in Tunja 2018 (Gretter, Burani, Boquete, Llorente and Fiorotto), while eight are the ones that remain from the last official tournament, the Americup de Puerto Rico 2021 (Gretter, Burani, Boquete, Llorente, Cabrera, Mungo, Suárez and García). Both Gentinetta and Maza will have their debut with the Senior National Team; while the returns of Delabarba and Fiorotto, who have not performed since the Americas Olympic Pre-Qualifiers in 2019, are also framed. Another important fact is that of Gretter, who will officially wear the colors of the National Team again since his last appearance in the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, and now she will do it as the team captain.
“We are very happy to play at home, it is always good to play with your own people. There are many girls here who spend a lot of time abroad and coming to play a tournament with the Argentina jersey in your place is surely motivating. For women’s basketball in general it is also important to play at home. This will be the third women’s tournament organized in the country this year (NdR: South American and FIBA Americas, both U18), and that also shows that there is an interest in the project. It generates a lot of joy and commitment for all of us, and without a doubt we like it. everything is positiveMartinez stated.
As part of this South American in San Luis, Argentina will be part of Group A, an area that will take place at the Arena La Pedrera in Villa Mercedes. There he will compete against Venezuela (Monday, August 1), Ecuador (Tuesday, August 2) and Paraguay (Wednesday, August 3), seeking to get among the two best in the group to achieve the first objective: qualification for the Americup 2023 (there are four tickets at stake and the first two of each zone will get them).
In the continuity of the action in San Luis, on Thursday there will be a day off and rest, to resume the action on Friday with the semifinals and a final day on Saturday with the definition for the title.
South American Women San Luis 2022 – Fixture
14:30 | Chile vs. Uruguay (Group B, at Ave Fénix Stadium, San Luis Capital)
16:30 | Ecuador vs. Paraguay (Group A, at Arena La Pedrera, Villa Mercedes)
18:30 | Brazil vs. Colombia (Group B, at Ave Fénix Stadium, San Luis Capital)
20:30 | Venezuela vs. Argentina (Group A, at Arena La Pedrera, Villa Mercedes)
14:30 | Colombia vs. Chile (Group B, at Ave Fénix Stadium, San Luis Capital)
16:30 | Paraguay vs. Venezuela (Group A, at Arena La Pedrera, Villa Mercedes)
18:30 | Uruguay vs. Brazil (Group B, at Ave Fénix Stadium, San Luis Capital)
20:30 | Argentina vs. Ecuador (Group A, at Arena La Pedrera, Villa Mercedes)
14:30 | Uruguay vs. Colombia (Group B, at Ave Fénix Stadium, San Luis Capital)
16:30 | Venezuela vs. Ecuador (Group A, at Arena La Pedrera, Villa Mercedes)
18:30 | Brazil vs. Chile (Group B, at Ave Fénix Stadium, San Luis Capital)
20:30 | Paraguay vs. Argentina (Group A, at Arena La Pedrera, Villa Mercedes)
3rdA vs. 4th B (in Estadio Ave Fénix, San Luis Capital) -Reclassification 1 from 5th to 8th
3°B vs. 4th A (in Estadio Ave Fénix, San Luis Capital) -Reclassification 2 from 5th to 8th
1°A vs. 2°B (at Arena La Pedrera, Villa Mercedes) -Semifinal 1
1°B vs. 2nd A (at Arena La Pedrera, Villa Mercedes)- Semifinal 2
Loser Reclassification 1 vs. Loser Reclassification 2 (at Estadio Ave Fénix, San Luis Capital) – For 7th place
Winner Reclassification 1 vs. Reclassification Winner 2 (at Estadio Ave Fénix, San Luis Capital) – For 5th place
Semifinal loser 1 vs. Loser Semifinal 2 (at Arena La Pedrera, Villa Mercedes) – For 3rd place
Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2 (at Arena La Pedrera, Villa Mercedes) – For the Championship
* All tournament matches will be broadcast live through the official FIBA channel and the Basquetpass.tv platform.
This is the third time in history that a South American for Seniors is held in our country. In Buenos Aires 1948 it was the first time, for the second edition of the contest and with a Selection that ended up winning gold. The second opportunity was in Mendoza 2013, 65 years later and in the 33rd installment, with Argentina runner-up. Finally, San Luis 2022 will be the third time.
Argentina twice won a South American, celebrating both in Buenos Aires 1948 as well as in the last edition of Tunja 2018 (Colombia), being champion after 70 years and breaking a hegemony of Brazil of 16 consecutive titles and the most dominant of these tournaments. (won 26 of 36 championships).
La Albiceleste got on the podium in 15 of the last 16 deliveries, from Santiago de Chile 1989 onwards and without being able to finish within the top three only in Barquisimeto 2016 (it was 4th). She won 16 silver medals in her history and 6 times she was bronze, accounting for a total of 24 podium finishes.
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The South American women’s basketball tournament begins in San Luis