Puerto Rican and Russian men clinch pool play top spots
Nanjing, China, August 21, 2014 - With the top spot in four of the six women’s pools in the Beach Volleyball competition at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, only Puerto Rico and Russia clinched top spots in a group play here Thursday during the fourth day of play at the venue located within the Nanjing Sports Park Complex.
Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin scored their fourth-straight group win early Thursday for Russia by defeating Mark Alvarez and Erik Flores of Guatemala 2-0 (21-15 and 21-11) in a 26-minute Pool E match. Stoyanovskiy and Yarzutkin conclude group play Friday against Chamika Mallawa and Isuru Siddihaluge of Sri Lanka.
If the Russians are defeated by Sri Lanka Friday, Stoyanovskiy and Yarzutkin hold the tie-breaker in the group over their closest rival by defeating Mathias Berntsen and Anders Mol of Norway in the second-round Monday. With their victory Thursday, the Russians are now guaranteed a first-round “bye” when the 24-team single-elimination bracket begins Sunday.
In the first evening match Thursday, Sergio Figueroa and Daniel Rivera of Puerto Rico scored a 2-1 (21-17, 18-21 and 15-10) win in 48-minute over Arnaud Gauthier-Rat and Arnaud Loiseau of France in a match of unbeatens in Pool C. Figueroa and Rivera (4-0) finish group competition Friday against Ghana (1-3) while France (3-1) meets Peru (2-2), a team that the Puerto Ricans defeated Tuesday.
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