North American and South American rivals set to clash in quarterfinals
Nanjing, China, August 24, 2014 – South American rivals Argentina and Brazil, as well as North American rivals Canada and United States, will meet in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.
Argentina advanced by defeating Turkey 2-0 (21-9, 21-18) Sunday evening at the Nanjing Sports Park Complex. The two teams were tied at 18 late in the second set before Argentina scored the final three points to claim the victory.
“At that point we wanted nothing more than to end the match,” Argentina’s Irene Varasio said. “We left everything on the court.’
Brazil defeated Puerto Rico 2-0 (21-16, 21-12) on center court to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
The Brazilians will be a tough challenge for Argentina. Ana Patricia Silva Ramos, the tallest player at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games at 6-foot-4 (193 cm), has repeatedly frustrated opponents with her length. Her partner, Eduardo Lisboa, has won 16 consecutive matches, including the gold medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships in Porto, Portugal
“We cannot worry about them,” Varasio said. “We have to play our game.”
The United States took down Latvia 2-1 (21-14, 19-21, 15-13).
“This feels awesome,” said Team USA’s Zana Muno. “We feel like we proved ourselves because we were embarrassed with the way we played in pool play.”
After losing the second set, the Americans rebounded by scoring five of the first six points of the third set.
“They played a lot better in the second set, but we were able to stop their momentum,” said American Skylar Caputo.
The Americans will play Canada in the quarterfinals. The Canadian twins Megan and Nicole McNamara, who won the bronze medal at the FIVB U19 World Championships, defeated Thailand 2-0 (21-17, 21-12) in the Round of 16.
Austria defeated Uruguay 2-0 (21-19, 21-7).
“It feels very good,” said Austria’s Julia Radl. “We did a good job of playing our game.”
Austria advances to face Russia, who took down Italy 2-0 (21-16, 21-17). Russia went undefeated to win Pool F.
“It will be really hard,” said Austria’s Mona Geblbauer. “We need to serve the ball well and not be scared of them.”
Germany, who won the silver medal at the FIVB U19 World Championships, took care of Switzerland after dropping the first set 2-1 (20-22, 21-16, 15-12). They will play the Czech Republic, who beat Paraguay 2-0 (21-15, 23-21).