Nine “perfect” Men’s Youth Olympics Beach Volleyball teams after three pool play rounds
Mauricio Vieyto Acosta (left) and Marco Cairusi celebrate a point during the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games as the team from Uruguay is tied for the leadership in Pool A.|
Nanjing, China, August 19, 2014 - Ten countries continue with “perfection” after the completion of the third of five days of pool play at the Beach Volleyball venue for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing Sports Park Complex.
Although practices are scheduled for Wednesday, the Beach Volleyball competition will take its first of two “rest” days before resuming Thursday. The second “break” for the 36-nation field will be Saturday when the 24-team single-elimination bracket will be confirmed.
Unheralded Marco Cairus and Mauricio Vieyto of Uruguay, who are playing in their first-ever FIVB-sanctioned international event, share the lead in Pool A with a 3-0 record along with Yegor Dmitriyev/Sergey Polichshuk of Kazakhstan. With an unexpected three-set win Monday over a team from Finland and sandwiched with victories over Oman and Nigeria, Cairus and Vieyto control their fate in secure a “bye” in Sunday’s opening elimination rounds with remaining matches against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Thursday) Kazakhstan (Friday).
Men’s Key Points
• Undefeated countries in the competition are France (Pool C), Germany (Pool B), Indonesia (Pool F), Kazakhstan (Pool A), Puerto Rico (Pool C), Russia (Pool E), Ukraine (Pool D), Uruguay (Pool A) and Venezuela (Pool F).
• After being upset by a team from Germany, 2014 FIVB under-21 world champions Arthur Mariano and George Wanderley of Brazil regained their winning ways Tuesday with a 2-0 (21-17 and 21-10) victory in 28 minutes over Nate Moore/Kahurangi Robinson of New Zealand. Arthur and George won the FIVB’s under-19 world championships three weeks ago in Porto, Portugal.
• Illia Kovaliov and Oleh Plotnytskiy of Ukraine, who placed second at the FIVB U19 worlds, improved to 3-0 mark in Pool D after defeating Santiago Aulisi and Leandro Aveiro of Argentina 2-0 (21-14 and 21-14) in 29 minutes Tuesday.
• FIVB U19 bronze medal medalists Tigrito Gomez and Peter Hernandez of Venezuela also won their third Pool F match Tuesday with a 2-0 (21-15 and 21-19) victory in 33 minutes over Johannes Kratz and Moritz Pristauz-Telsnigg of Austria.