Qualifiers dominate the U23 World Champships in Myslowice
Myslowice, Poland, June 13, 2014 - As the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships moved into the elimination phase on Friday, one thing became clear. The qualification teams are doing well in Myslowice.
Five out of the six pool winners in the men’s competition came from the qualification tournament. Brazil’s Saymon/Marcus and Latvia’s Haralds/Armands even lost in qualification, but advanced as lucky losers to main draw, to eventually win their pool.
In the women’s competition USA’s Larsen/Metter, who were on the reserve lucky loser list and got in at the last moment, topped their pool. As did their compatriots Hughes/Woolever, who also started out as lucky losers.
Last year’s medallists Bartosz Losiak (gold) from Poland, Austria’s Tobias Winter and Lorenz Petutschnig (bronze), Brazil’s Eduarda Santos Lisboa (silver) and Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes and Taylor Pischke (bronze) are still in the tournament, but did not win their pool. They all had to play in the first elimination round to advance to the last 16.
Latvian qualifiers upset home team Losiak/Bryl to top the pool
Latvian qualifiers Edvarts
Buivids and Pekmanis Reinis upset the Polish team Bartosz Losiak and Michal
Bryl early on Friday to top their pool at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World
Championships in Myslowice.
Schützenhöfer and Plesiutschnig pass first test and advance to second knockout round
Katharina Schützenhöfer and
Lena Plesiutschnig proved to be the most consistent team in a tough match on
Friday against Brazil’s Eduarda Santos Lisboa and Carolina Horta Maxima. The
Austrians won 2-0 (29-27, 21-16) and topped the pool at the FIVB Beach
Volleyball U23 World Championships.
Italian debutants storm into second round with surprise win over Kandolf/Dressler
Italy’s Marco Caminati and
Enrico Rossi surprised friends and foes on Friday by reaching the last 16 at
the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships.
The U23 World Championships continue on Saturday at 9.00 with the second elimination round and quarterfinals for both genders. The semifinals and medal matches are played on Sunday at the Slupna Park centre court.
Myslowice also staged the inaugural U23 in 2013. This year the FIVB has added a fourth age-group event to the calendar, the U17 World Champions. The Mexican town of Acapulco is hosting this tournament from July 15-20.
The other tournaments are the U21 in Larnaka, Cyprus (July 23-27) and the U19 in Porto, Portugal (July 29-August 3). Starting this year all the under-age events will be held every two years instead of annual.