Main draw of the FIVB U19 World Championships set to go
Porto, Portugal, July 10, 2013 – After two rounds of qualification on Wednesday eight teams earned a spot in the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Porto.
In the boys' competition teams from Switzerland, Austria, Norway and Russia advanced. Germany, the Netherlands, France and Brazil all added a team in the girls' competition.
Additionally four lucky losers per gender will complete the 32 teams main draw pool play, because due to travelling problems some of the main draw teams were not able to make it to Porto in time.
Russia upset top seeds in U19 qualifications
Russia’s Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin upset top seeded Pedro Henrique Resende Santos and Matheus Maia Terra de Faria in the qualification tournament of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships on Wednesday.
The Russians defeated the Brazilians 2-0 (22-20 21-15) after another 2-0 (21-14 21-18) win over Latvia’s Reinis Pridans and Pauls Alberts van der Beks in their first qualification match. More
Brazil hold off Norway to advance to main draw
Brazil’s Andressa Cavalcanti Ramalho and Paula Moniz Hoffmann held off a strong challenge by Norway in the final qualification round on Wednesday to advance to the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships in Porto.
In a tight match that lasted over an hour the number one seeds lost the first set to Norway’s Benedicte Maaseide and Cecilie Woie, but came back strong in the second. In the tiebreak the Brazilian girls survived three Norwegian match points to finish the game at their second: 20-22 21-10 19-17. More
The FIVB U19 World Championships continue on Thursday with the first day of main draw. A total of 32 teams per gender divided over eight pools compete in a round robin. The top three of each pool advances to the elimination phase, which starts on Saturday.The semifinals and medal matches for both boys and girls are scheduled for Sunday.
Porto hosted the U19 World Championships once before in 2010. The event is the final out of three FIVB age group tournaments this year.