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Top teams on track on the opening day of the U19 World Championships

Painted finger nails of Germany's Lisa Arnholdt on the Mikasa

Porto, Portugal, July 30, 2014 - All but one the top teams at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships in Porto lived up to the expectations on the opening day of main draw.


In the women’s competition Brazil’s Eduarda/Andressa, Germany’s Schneider/Arnholdt and Makroguzova/Rudykh from Russia all booked two straight wins.


Germany’s Rudolf/Stadie and Brazil’s Arthur/George Wanderley did the same in the men’s, but USA’s DeFalco/Richard stumbled in their first match.


Key points

·       A total of 36 teams per gender compete in the U19 main draw for 24 spots in the elimination rounds.

·       The U19 competition features two twins: Katrina and Kristina Zilberman (17) and Megan and Nicole McNamara (16).

·       This is the 13th FIVB U19 World Championships and the third held in Porto, following the championships of 2010 and 2013.

·       The tournament is actually staged in two cities. The centre court and second court are set up in Porto, while the four outside courts are in neighbouring town Matosinhos, a five minutes walk to the north.


Perfect start for German and Russian girls at the U19 in Porto

Germany’s Sarah Schneider and Lisa Arnholdt and Russia’s Nadezda Makroguzova and Daria Rudykh had a perfect start at the FIVB U19 World Championships in Porto. Both teams booked two straight wins on the first day of main draw on Wednesday.

Schneider and Arnholdt defeated the Zilberman-twins from Israel (21-8, 21-10) and China’s Jiaxi Wang and Lvwen Yuan (21-15, 21-19). Read more


Venezuela takes early pool lead at the U19 World Championships

In a tough pool with teams from strongholds USA and Brazil, Venezuela’s Jose Gregorio Gomez and Rolando Hernandez boldly took the lead on the first day of main draw at the FIVB U19 World Championships.

‘Tigrito’ and ‘Peter’, as they call themselves, booked two straight wins over Peru’s Bramont/Arias-Heredia (21-9, 21-7) and home team Bernardo/Leite (21-10, 22-20). Read more


Lucky losers from Lithuania happy with second chance at the U19 in Porto

Initially Lituania’s Marius Barauskis thought his international debut at the FIVB U19 World Championships would only last one day since he and Edgaras Bartkus were eliminated in the final round of the qualification tournament. But Tuesday evening it became clear that they would get a second chance in Porto as lucky losers.

The 15-year old Barauskis feels like a kid in a candy store. He is officially the youngest player at the U19 World Championships and is really looking forward to at least three more days of beach volleyball. Read more


Thursday will feature another two rounds of pool play, with matches starting at 9.00. The elimination phase begins on Friday afternoon. The televised semifinals and medal matches are scheduled for Sunday.


The U19 World Championships are the fourth and final FIVB age group event this year. Some of the young athletes will have another important event to go to in August; the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.



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