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  Myslowice  2007 
12.07.2007 -  15.07.2007

 
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EUROPEAN TEAMS DOMINATE U19 BEACH VOLLEYBALL WORLDS
 

Myslowice, Poland, July 12, 2007 - A total of 36 men's and women's pool play matches were played here Thursday during the opening day of Main Draw competition for the sixth annual SWATCH-FIVB World Championships for players under the age of 19.

 

And with host Poland leading the way, 33 of the matches were won by teams from Europe with only Canada, New Zealand and the United States breaking through with victories.  Poland amassed nine wins against one setback.

 

Three of the four men’s teams that had to qualify for the Main Draw won both of their pool play matches Peter Eglseer/Dimitri Wojakow of Austria, Oscar Dupouy/Olivier Ragondet of France and  Marcin Kantor/Damian Wojtasik of Poland.

 

After qualifying Wednesday, Vitalii Didukh and Pavlo Ostapenko of the Ukraine split a pair of matches Thursday with their lone win over Marcin Golonka and Marek Leznicki, the only Polish team to lose during the first-day of Main Draw play.  Didukh and Ostapenko, who won three qualifying matches Wednesday, were second-place finishers in last year’s European championships for their age group.

 

Two women’s players who earned “final four” spots from the 2006 SWATCH-FIVB World Championships for players under the age of 19, won their opening matches Thursday with different partners this season.

 

Danielle Remmers, who netted a 2006 silver medal for the Netherlands with Marleen Van Iersel, and Michelle Stiekema won their opening match against a team from the Ukraine.  Tanja Goricanec, who placed fourth for Switzerland in Bermuda last September with Taryn Sciarini, and Marlen Brunner captured their first match Thursday over a team from Latvia.

 

Pool play concludes Friday with 12 men’s and 24 women’s matches.  Sixteen teams from each gender will advance to Saturday’s opening elimination matches, including the top two teams from each pool along with the four best third-place finishers.  The medal matches for both genders will be played Sunday.

  
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