Top teams stay on track on first day of U23 World Champions
Myslowice, Poland, June 11, 2014 - The top teams at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships in Myslowice showed their strength on the first day of main draw in hot and sunny Slupna Park.
The only hiccup on Wednesday was the 2-0 loss of first seeded Polish team Jagoda Gruszczynska and Karolina Baran in the women’s tournament.
Second seeded Nicole Laird and Mariafe Artacho from Australia, Austria’s Lena Plesiutschnig and Katharina Schützenhöfer (3rd) and last year’s bronze medallists Melissa Humana-Paredes and Taylor Pischke (4th) from Canada all booked two straight wins.
In the men’s competition the 2013 champion and first seeded Bartosz Losiak and his new partner Michal Bryl did the same, as did the 2013 bronze medallists Lorenz Petutschnig and Tobias Winter (2nd seeded) from Austria, Brazil’s U21 champions Allison Cittadin and Gustavo Carvalhaes (3rd) and Norway’s Andreas Takvam and Runar Torsvik Sannarnes (4th).
Also interesting was the fact that two lucky losers remained without set loss in main draw: Latvia’s Haralds/Armands in the men’s and USA’s Larsen/Metter in the women’s competition.
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Beach volleyball in Turkey
has some strong competition from volleyball, like in many countries. Young
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Demir and Naz Aydemir.
The second edition of the FIVB U23 World Championships continues on Thursday with two more rounds of pool play. An amazing total of 72 matches will be played, starting at 8.00 on the six courts in Slupna Park.
The fifth and final pool round is scheduled for Friday, as is the first single elimination round. The top 4 of each of the 6 pools per gender advance to the knockout phase, the pool winners and the two best runners-up earn a bye in the first round. The semifinals and medal matches for both genders are played on Sunday.
The U23 World Championships
are the first of four FIVB age-group events this year. Next stop will be the
U17 in Mexico (July 15-20), followed by the U21 in Cyprus (22-27) and the U19
in Porto (July 29-August 3). In August China stages the Youth Olympic Games,
including beach volleyball.