Youth Olympic Medal Dream Ends For Caputo, Muno

Aug. 25, 2014, 12:10 p.m. (ET)

NANJING, China (Aug. 25, 2014) - Skylar Caputo (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Susannah “Zana” Muno (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) saw their Youth Olympic medal dreams come to a close on Monday, as the pair were defeated by Canada’s twin sisters Nicole and Megan McNamara.

Caputo and Muno went into the match with full concentration and imposed their will in the first set to win 21-14. The second set was a much closer affair, as the Canadians raised their level of play, winning 21-18. Team USA didn’t find their way back in the tie-breaker as they fell to Canada 8-15.

"The little things broke down for us. Passing and setting are usually our bread and butter,” Muno explained after the match. "This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I hate losing and this stings now, but one day we will look back at being fifth at the Youth Olympics and it will be pretty cool."

Caputo and Muno finished tied for fifth at the inaugural beach volleyball event of the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics.

On the men’s side, Torey “T.J.” DeFalco (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Louis Richard (Redondo Beach, Calif.) finished the Youth Olympics ranked 25th.