U.S. Teams Fall At Centre Court At Youth Olympics

Aug. 19, 2014, 3:30 p.m. (ET)

NANJING, China (Aug. 19, 2014) - Both men’s and women’s U.S. teams lost tough matches in pool play on the third day of competition at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Torey “T.J.” DeFalco (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Louis Richard (Redondo Beach, Calif.) enjoyed a special moment ahead of their match, as IOC President Thomas Bach paid a visit to the beach volleyball venue and took a selfie with them at centre court.

Bach was however no lucky charm for Team USA as DeFalco and Richard were beaten in two sets by Poland’s Kmiecik-Macura (19-21, 14-21).

In the women’s bracket, Skylar Caputo (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Suzanne “Zana” Muno (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) lost a fierce Pool B encounter 21-16, 17-21, 12-15 against Swiss pair Rohrer and Gerson during the night session.

“Mental weakness plays [a role]. We know the things we can do but that didn’t show up on the court today,” Caputo said. “Sometimes these things happen. It just wasn’t our day. We need to move on to the next match now.”

Wednesday is a resting day in Nanjing for beach volleyball athletes, as Preliminary Round action resumes on Thursday. 

DeFalco and Richard will be up against U19 Worlds bronze medallists Tigrito and Hernandez of Venezuela, while Caputo and Muno will take on Czech Republic girls Adamcikova and Valkova.