Caputo, Muno Advance to Quarterfinals at Youth Olympics
NANJING, China (Aug. 24, 2014) – An incredible run continues for Team USA at the Nanjing Youth Olympics, after the team of Skylar Caputo (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Susannah “Zana” Muno (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) booked their ticket to the quarterfinals with two wins on Sunday.
The duo was first tasked with facing France’s Alexia Richard and Lezana Placette in the round of 24, but quickly won the match with ease over the 33-seeded squad, 21-17, 21-14.
In the round of 16, Caputo and Muno would be tested by Latvia’s Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka. Team USA and Latvia would go the distance, with the U.S. prevailing, 21-14, 19-21, 15-13.
“We are very pleased with our performance today,” Caputo said after the two big wins. “We felt a little bit embarrassed with the way we played in the pool phase. The qualification to the quarterfinals is one step closer to our goal, we want to get a medal.”
Next on tap for the U.S. tandem will be a quarterfinal showdown with our neighbors to the north, Canada’s Megan and Nicole McNamara at 3 p.m. local time (3 a.m. ET).
The Canadian team won Pool A with a 5-0 overall record, despite being seeded as the lowest squad in the group at 36.