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Six unbeaten pairs in Women’s Youth Olympics pool play standings

Michelle Valiente (left) and Erika Sofia of Paraguay post a third win Tuesday in Pool D at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Nanjing, China, August 19, 2014 - Six countries improved their women’s pool play records to 3-0 here Tuesday during the third of five days of group Beach Volleyball competition in the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games at the sport’s venue in the Nanjing Sports Park Complex.

Although practices are scheduled for Wednesday, the Beach Volleyball competition will take its first of two “rest” days before resuming Thursday.  The second “break” for the 36-nation field will be Saturday when the 24-team single-elimination bracket will be confirmed.

Erika Bobadilla and Michelle Valiente are playing in their third FIVB-sanctioned event this season as the young Paraguayan pair tops Pool D with a perfect record after opening wins over teams from Thailand and France before posting a 2-0 (21-8 and 21-9) victory Tuesday over Doris Essel and Esther Essumang of Ghana in 23 minutes.

Following Wednesday’s rest day for the Beach athletes, the 17-year old Bobadilla and 16-year old Valiente will finish pool play with matches against tandems from Guatemala and Austria. Prior to the Youth Olympics, the Paraguayan placed 17th at the FIVB’s under 21 world championships in Cyprus and ninth at the under 19 worlds in Portugal.

Women’s Key Points
• Undefeated countries in the competition are Brazil (Pool B), Canada (Pool A), Germany (Pool E), Paraguay (Pool D), Russia (Pool F) and Switzerland (Pool B).
• 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 Tuesday to defeat Thi Bich Vi Le and Thi Thu Van Tu of Vietnam 2-0 (21-6 and 21-14) in 26 minutes.
• Germany (silver, Lisa Arnholdt/Sarah Schneider) and Canada (bronze, Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara), two teams that reached the podium at the recently-completed FIVB under-19 world championships in Portugal, have also won their opening three Youth Olympic pool matches with wins Tuesday over pairs from the Indonesia and Latvia, respectively.

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