FIVB U19 World Championships down to final four
Porto, Portugal, July 13, 2013 – The line-ups for the semifinals of the 12th edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships were decided on Saturday in Porto.
Five of the eight remaining teams are from Europe. Germany and USA have one team each in the girls’ and boys’ final four.
Germany has won the most medals in the past, four in the boys’ competition and nine in the girls’.
Germany and USA straight into final four at their first U19 World Champs
Germany’s Moritz Reichert and Clemens Wickler and USA’s Torey DeFalco and Lucas Yoder marched straight into the final four on Saturday at their first ever FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships.
Both teams topped their pool on Friday. The Americans continued with straight wins after that, Germany lost one set to home team Tomas and Diogo in the second elimination round. More
USA’s Hughes and Claes knock out two title favourites to reach the U19 final four
USA’s Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes impressed friends and foes by knocking
out two title favourites on Saturday to reach the final four of the FIVB Beach
Volleyball U19 World Championships.
USA upset Polish U21 world champion
Portugal, July 13, 2013 – USA’s Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes produced the first
big upset of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships on Saturday. The
American girls knocked out the U21 world champions Katarzyna Kociolek and
Jagoda Gruszczynska in the second elimination round, winning 2-0 (21-16 21-19).
Pedro Henrique Resende Santos – living up to the legend
“The first years of my life I
hated volleyball. Really, really hated it, because it took my father away from
me”, says 16-year old Pedro Henrique Resende Santos. His father is 38-year old
beach volleyball legend Ricardo Santos.
The semifinals of the FIVB U19 World Championships are scheduled for 11.00 (girls) and 12.00 (boys), followed by the bronze medal matches at 15.00 and 16.00 and the finals at 17.00 and 18.00.
The U19 World Championships in Porto are the final of three FIVB age group events this year. Myslowice staged the U23 and Umag the U21 World Championships in June.