Team USA Picks Up First Wins At Youth Olympics

Aug. 18, 2014, 3:35 p.m. (ET)

NANJING, China (Aug. 18, 2014) - Team USA recorded its first wins on Monday during the second of the five days of pool play in the Beach Volleyball competition at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Following IOC’s decision not to let Sierra Leone compete in Nanjing due to the Ebola outbreak and potential safety risk, Skylar Caputo (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Suzanne “Zana” Muno (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) won by forfeit and benefitted from an unexpected resting day. They will be back in action on Tuesday against Switzerland’s Rorher/Gerson at 9 p.m. local time.

Like on the opening day, Torey “T.J.” DeFalco (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Louis Richard (Redondo Beach, Calif.) played their second match also during the night session. They defeated Elias Ndagano and Sylvestre Ndayisabye from Rwanda in straight sets (21-9, 21-16) in 25 minutes.

 “We made some adjustments from yesterday's match to help the boys play at a higher level and we were pleased with their execution of the changes,” US coaching staff Barbra Fontana and Jon Aharoni said after DeFalco and Richards’ win.

Talking about preparing for night games, Barbra Fontana explained that the most important aspect was to get adjusted to the lights and once that was done, the athletes were ready to go.

“The light placement at the venue here in Nanjing seems to be excellent and to not be bothering the players,” she remarked.

DeFalco and Richards will face the Polish pair of Kmiecik and Macura on Tuesday at center court.

For full match schedules and results visit the FIVB website here.