Youth Olympic Games women’s elimination schedule set
Nanjing, China, August 23, 2014 - With several of the top women’s teams at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games winning pools as expected, a pair from the Czech Republic faces the difficult task of reaching the quarter-finals after entering the competition with a fourth-place finish at the recently-completed FIVB under-19 world championships.
With the 24-team single-elimination bracket being determined here Saturday, Kristyna Adamcikova and Katerina Valkova of Czech Republic failed to earn a “bye” for the opening round and now face the prospects of playing two matches Sunday starting with a morning meeting with Briggitte Batioja and Mishelle Molina of Ecuador.
If victorious, Adamcikova and Valkova advance to a second-round meeting in the evening against Erika Bobadilla and Michelle Valiente of Paraguay. The South Americans earned an opening elimination “bye” after winning four of five Pool D matches.
The Czech Republic side of the bracket also includes the silver and bronze medal teams from the FIVB under-19 world championships held earlier this month in Portugal where a team from Brazil topped the podium in Porto led by 16-year old Eduarda Lisboa, who is competing in the Youth Olympics with a different partner.
Lisa Arnholdt and Sarah Schneider of Germany, who lost the FIVB U19 gold medal match to Eduarda and Andressa Cavalcanti, are seeded fifth in the elimination bracket while Porto bronze medal finishers Megan and Nicole McNamara of Canada are the top-seeded team. Other seeds in the top-half of the bracket with opening “byes” Sunday are the fourth-seeded Bobadilla/Valiente and eighth-seeded Tina Graudina/Anastasija Kravcenoka of Latvia.
Eduarda and her new 15-year old Brazilian partner Ana Patricia Silva are seeded second in the lower half of the bracket with Lia Fortunati/Maria Rotti of Uruguay third, Nadezda Makroguzova/Daria Rudykh of Russia sixth and Esra Cetin/Selin Yurtsever of Turkey seventh.
Playing in her fourth FIVB-sanctioned event this summer, Eduarda placed ninth at both the under-23 (Poland) and under-21 (Cyprus) world championships before netting the gold medal in Porto. With four different partner this season, Eduarda has a 24-4 international match record this summer with a current 14-match winning streak. The only FIVB youth championship Eduarda missed this year was the U17 finale in Mexico that was played a week before the under-21 worlds in Cyprus.
With the women’s opening three rounds of elimination being play along with the men on Sunday and Monday, the semi-finals and medal matches for each gender will be played on different days. The women’s semi-final and medal matches will be played Tuesday with the men’s “final four” matches set for Wednesday.