Men's U21 Event 2004
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Germany & Latvia Lead Men's FIVB U-21 World Championships
Porto Santo, Portugal, September 16, 2004 - Germany and Latvia posted the best country marks here Thursday in the men's 24-team Main Draw at the fourth annual FIVB U-21 World Championships for players under 21 years old.

After advancing teams from Wednesday's Qualification Tournament, the German and Latvian tandems each posted combined 4-0 marks for their countries Thursday during the opening pool play matches in the mixed gender event. Two others countries have two or more teams in the competition as Brazil posted a 3-1 mark Thursday while host Portugal was winless in six matches.

Qualifiers Tom Götz and Stefan Uhmann of Germany (Pool K) and Valters Ramma and Toms Smedins of Latvia (Pool A) posted opening wins over teams from Austria, France, Portugal and Spain to advance to Friday matches against tandems from Canada and Mexico, respectively.

Ramma and Smedins have now won four matches this week, including two in Wednesday 12-team Qualification Tournament. Smedins' younger brother Janis placed third last week at the FIVB U-18 World Championships in Termoli, Italy, with Ingars Ivanovs.

Third-seeded Stanislav Bakumovski and Sebastian Dollinger of Germany scored Pool I wins over Ian Borges and 22nd-seeded Oscar Brandão of Brazil (21-19 and 21-19) and 15th-seeded Manuel Francisco and Delcio Soares of Mozambique (21-16 and 21-15).

As the 16th-seeded team, Latvia's Martins Plavins and Aleksandra Samoilovs posted Pool J victories over ninth-seeded Andreas Martin Sutter and Jonas Weingart of Switzerland 17-21, 21-17 and 17-15 and fourth-seeded Stuart Maycock and Aden Tutton of Australia 24-26, 21-17 and 15-10.

"I think our entire beach program in Germany helps the development of the younger players," said Götz after his first match Thursday with Uhmann. "We have played in a lot of tournaments this summer and this was the one event we have been pointing to. To finish the season with a World Championship would be great.

Götz and Uhmann finished second to Plavins and Samoilovs in the 2004 European U-20 Championships in July where the two teams split a pair of matches in Slovenia. The Germans defeated Plavins and Samoilovs 21-19 and 21-16 in a winner's bracket match before the Latvians downed the Germans 21-18 and 21-15 in the gold medal match.

Other teams posting 2-0 marks Thursday were second-seeded Moisés Santos/Pedro Solberg Salgado of Brazil (Pool B) and seventh-seeded Petr Nezdaril and Martin Tichy of the Czech Republic (Pool L).

The men complete pool play Friday with 12 matches before determining the brackets for the 16-team single-elimination competition. While the women play their semi-finals and medal matches Saturday, the men will play their first two rounds of elimination bracket play. The FIVB U-21 World Championships ends Sunday with the semi-final and medal matches for the men.
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