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Men’s opening Youth Olympic Games elimination schedule set

FIVB under-19 world champions Arthur Mariano (left) and George Wanderley of Brazil face a challenging Sunday in the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games starting with a morning match against a team from South American rival Peru.

Nanjing, China, August 23, 2014 - With the completion of the draw to set the 24-team men’s Beach Volleyball single-elimination bracket for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, a potential second-round match might feature two of the world’s top young teams when play continues here Sunday at the Nanjing Sports Park Complex.

With FIVB 2014 under-19 world champions Arthur Mariano and George Wanderley of Brazil being upset in their second pool play match this past Monday by eventual Pool B winners Niklas Rudolf and Eric Stadie of Germany in three sets, the South Americans failed to earn a “bye” for the first-round of elimination.

With their placement in the elimination bracket depending on a “draw”, Arthur and George drew continental rivals Luis Bramont-Arias and Jimy Heredia of Peru for an opening match Sunday morning.  Nine hours later in the day Sunday, the victorious team in the All-South American match challenges Pool D winner Illia Kovaliov and Oleh Plotnytskiy of the Ukraine.

If the Brazilians post an opening win, the YOG second-round match will mark the second-time this month that Arthur and George will be playing Kovaliov and Plotnytskiy.  The first meeting was in the FIVB U19 gold medal match in Portugal where Arthur and George posted a 21-18, 21-23 and 15-11 win over the Ukrainians in the 49-minute Porto finale.

Tigrito Gomez and Peter Hernandez of Venezuela, the bronze medalists from the FIVB U19 world championships in Porto, earned a “bye” for the elimination first-round by winning Pool F.  The Venezuelans will be challenged Sunday evening by the winner of the morning match between Yegor Dmitriyev/Sergey Polichshuk of Kazakhstan and Renato Bogarin/Elioth Frutos of Paraguay.

As for Rudolf and Stadie, the Germans will play the victorious team from the match between Johannes Kratz/Moritz Pristauz-Telsnigg of Austria and Samiei Al Hammadi/Ahid Al Sahi of Oman.  Rudolf and Stadie placed ninth in the Porto world championships with a setback to Arthur and George.

Uruguay’s Marco Cairus and Mauricio Vieyto are the top-seeded team in the men’s Youth Olympics.  The South Americans are joined in the top-half of the elimination by fourth-seeded Kovaliov/Plotnytskiy, fifth-seeded Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin of Russia and eighth-seeded Miro Maattanen/Santeri Siren of Finland.

Joining the second-seeded Rudolf/Stadie and sixth-seeded Gomez/Hernandez in the lower-half of the single-elimination bracket are third-seeded Sergio Figueroa/Daniel Rivera of Puerto Rico and seventh-seeded Arnaud Gauthier-Rat/Arnaud Loiseau of France.  The men’s quarter-finals will be played Monday followed by the semi-final and medal matches Wednesday.

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