| Skylar Caputo of the U.S. dives for the ball as she and Delaney Knudsen take on Margaux Carrere and Ophelie Lusson of France.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 10, 2013) – Competition in the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships in Porto, Portugal, held from July 10-14, began on Wednesday with two U.S. teams falling in the qualification rounds.
The girls’ team of Skylar Caputo (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Delaney Knudsen (Santa Clarita, Calif.) cruised through its first qualifying match, defeating No. 13 Maria Lopes and Silvia Monteiro of Portugal, 21-10, 21-4. Seeded fourth in qualification, Caputo and Knudsen dropped their second match to the No. 12 French team of Margaux Carrere and Ophelie Lusson, 23-21, 21-19.
Representing the U.S. in the main draw is the team of Sara Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Kelly Claes (Valencia, Calif.). Seeded No. 7 overall, Hughes and Claes are competing in Pool G and have their first match on July 11 against the 26th-seeded team of Andressa Cavalcanti Ramalho and Paula Moniz Hoffman.
The boys’ duo of Oliver Martin (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Louis Richard (Redondo Beach, Calif.) fell in the first qualification round. Seeded second, Martin and Richard dropped their match to No. 15 Jorge Graca and Artur Resende of Portugal, 21-18, 19-21, 16-14.
The team of T.J. DeFalco (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Lucas Yoder (San Clemente, Calif.) will represent the U.S. in the main draw. Seeded 9th, DeFalco and Yoder are in Pool H and have their first match on July 11 against Zimbabwe’s No. 24 Jonathan Panashe Mhandu and Rufaro Douglas Choto.
In the main draw phase, there are eight pools containing four teams each for a total of 32 teams. After two days of round robin pool play, the top two finishers in each pool will advance to the final phase. This round is two days of single elimination play. All semifinal and final matches for boys’ and girls’ take place on Sunday (July 14).
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