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Brazil, Canada, Germany and Russia net women’s YOG pool titles

Ana Patricia Silva (left) and Eduarda Lisboa of Brazil earn a "bye" for the first-round of single-elimination play Thursday by defeating a team from Switzerland.

Nanjing, China, August 21, 2014 - Women’s Beach Volleyball teams from Brazil, Canada, Germany and Russia clinched the top spots in their pools at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games here Thursday with the remaining two groups to be decided during Friday’s during the final matches in the preliminary rounds.

By clinching the leadership spot in the pools, Brazil (Eduarda Lisboa/Ana Patricia Silva, Pool B), Canada (McNamara twins Megan and Nicole, Pool A), Germany (Lisa Arnholdt/Sarah Schneider, Pool E) and Russia (Nadezda Makroguzova/Daria Rudykh, Pool F) are guaranteed a first-round “bye” when the 24-team single-elimination bracket begins Sunday.

Teams from Uruguay (Lia Fortunati/Maria Rotti), Turkey (Esra Cetin/Selin Yurtsever) and Chinese Taipei (Tzu-Yi Pan/Yu-Rong Song) are tied atop Pool C with 3-1 records.  Uruguay is guaranteed a fourth win via a forfeit from Nigeria while Turkey and Chinese Taipei must defeat pairs from Tuvalu and Saint Lucia, respectively, to match the South Americans record.

Women’s Key Points
• If the three-way tie still exist in Pool C, Uruguay will win the tie-breaker due to point ratio.
• If a two-way tie exist in Pool C, Uruguay has the edge over Turkey with a win in the second-round Monday and Chinese Taipei has the advantage over the South Americans due to head-to-head meeting last Sunday during the opening day of competition.
• Paraguay leads Pool D with a 4-0 mark, but the potential of a multi-nation tie exits if the South Americans lose to Austria Friday and France (3-1) defeats Thailand (2-2).
• Brazilian Eduarda Lisboa, who won the FIVB U19 title with Andressa Cavalcanti in Porto, is competing in the Youth Olympics with 15-year old Ana Patricia Silva. The 16-year old Eduarda teamed with Ana Patricia Thursday to defeat Dunja Gerson and Esther Rohrer of Switzerland, 2-0 (21-16 and 21-18) in 31 minutes.
• Two teams that reached the podium at the recently-completed FIVB under-19 world championships in Portugal - Germany (silver, Arnholdt/Schneider) and Canada (bronze, McNamaras) - have also won their opening four Youth Olympic pool matches with wins Thursday over pairs from the Congo and Kazakhstan, respectively.

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