South American teams pace early elimination winners
Nanjing, China, August 24, 2014 - Led by three teams from South America, eight nations won opening men’s Beach Volleyball matches here Sunday morning as the single-elimination phase of the competition for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games started at the Nanjing Sports Park Complex.
South American pairs from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay advanced to the Sunday evening session at the Beach Volleyball venue along with teams from the Asian (Indonesia and Thailand), European (Austria and Norway) and North, Central America and Caribbean (Canada) confederations.
FIVB 2014 under-19 world champions Arthur Mariano and George Wanderley of Brazil scored a 2-0 (21-18 and 21-16) win in 28 minutes over Luis Bramont-Arias and Jimy Heredia of Peru to advance to the much-anticipated Sunday evening match with Illia Kovaliov and Oleh Plotnytskiy of the Ukraine.
The two teams meet in the finals of the FIVB U19 world championships early this month in Portugal where the Brazilians scored a 21-18, 21-23 and 15-11 win over Kovaliov and Plotnytskiy in the 49-minute Porto finale.
“The match with Peru helped us to prepare for our next match as they fought hard and made us work for the win,” said George after the match with their South American rivals. “They are not a big team, but they play very good defense and were able to side out well.”
After the morning win in a light drizzle with very humid conditions, the Brazilians headed back to the Olympic Village to rest before their 8 p.m. match with Kovaliov and Plotnytskiy. “It will be a very difficult match for both teams,” said George. “We know that the Ukrainians will be seeking revenge. We need to be at our best. I am glad we have several hours to rest before that match along with having time to prepare with our coach (Wallace Ramos).
The winner of the Brazil-Ukraine match will advance to Monday’s quarter-finals against the winner of a meeting between Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin of Russia and Jake MacNeil/Andrew Richards of Canada.
Sunday’s evening’s eight elimination matches will feature seven European pairs, five from South America, and two each from Asia and NORCECA. Five European teams (Finland, France, Germany Russia and Ukraine) earned first-round elimination “byes” along with two from South America (Uruguay and Venezuela) and one from NORCECA (Puerto Rico).
Philip Amissah and Nicholas Tetteh of Ghana, the only African confederation team to advance to the elimination rounds, was ousted by Canadians Jake MacNeil and Andrew Richards (2-0, 21-14 and 21-14). “This was a great experience for our boys,” said Edward Seidu Ajanako, who is coaching the Ghana men’s and women’s teams. “We are disappointed in losing today, but overall, I am very proud of their effort. You must remember the boys have only been playing for a year and we won three matches in pool play.”
Sunday’s Round 1 Elimination Results
Sunday’s Round 2 Elimination Schedule