After losing the first set 21-17 to Megan and Nicole McNamara, Ana Patricia and Eduarda stormed back to win the second set 21-13 over the Canadians. With the Canadian twins controlling the action to start the third set, the McNamaras grabbed an 8-4 lead. A 5-1 run by the Brazilians tied the set at 9-all as the two teams competed until the end with Ana Patricia and Eduarda prevailing 16-14 in the 42-minute match.
“We struggled in the first set, and they beat us pretty easily,” said the 16-year Eduarda, who captured the FIVB under-19 world championship earlier this month in Portugal with Andressa Cavalcanti. “We had a great comeback to win the second and three sets. We will celebrate tonight and then go home and celebrate with our families. This is an unbelievable feeling.”
For the Ana Patricia, the tallest women’s Beach Volleyball player in the Youth Olympic Games at 193 cm (6’4”), she had “no words to describe how happy we are. We did our best and we brought home the gold.”
Both teams entered the gold medal match after winning afternoon semi-final affairs with the Canadians defeating Lisa Arnholdt and Sarah Schneider of Germany 2-0 (21-18 and 21-18) in 33 minutes before Ana Patricia and Eduarda downed Nadezda Makroguzova and Daria Rudykh of Russia 2-0 (21-18 and 21-19) in 38 minutes.
“We are still very happy,” said Megan McNamara, who is 19 minutes older than her sister. “They are a very good team. Our goal was to win a medal, and it’s amazing we were able to do that. We are happy to be here.” Sister Nicole echoed the same and said “it was an awesome experience to be here, and the medal makes it even better. Our hard work paid off.”
In the bronze medal match, Arnholdt and Schneider scored a 2-0 (21-14 and 27-25) win in 37 minutes over Makroguzova and Rudykh. For the Germans, it was their second-straight youth medal as the pair finished second in the FIVB U19 world championships in Portugal after losing the finale to Eduarda and Andressa.
“This feels so great, especially after losing in the semifinals when we did not play our best,” said Schneider. “We did it! It was a very tough match. We played full of emotion. This is the first time I have ever won after losing in the semifinals. It was very important to me to win this match. We had less pressure in this match. We were able to play our game and have fun. This should help our future.”
Arnholdt said it was “amazing. We are going to have a big party! We played with a lot of heart. It made it a lot of fun.”
With two setbacks Tuesday, Makroquzova said here team “played as hard as possible. We felt we could win.” Rudykh added that “we could have played better. We made some mental mistakes.”
Competition Key Points
• The men’s semi-final and medal matches will be played Wednesday during the final day of Beach Volleyball competition for the Nanjing 2014 Olympic Games at the 2,000-seat Beach Volleyball venue at the Nanjing Sports Park Complex.
• Pool play matches for both 36-team men and 36-team women competition were played August 17, 18, 19, 21 and 22.
• The 24-team single-elimination bracketed competition for both gender were played August 24 and 25.
• More than 3,300 tons of sand was used to build the four competition and two warm-up courts at the Beach Volleyball venue at the Nanjing Sports Park Complex. The sand is from Hainan Island in southeastern China, the same place where the materials came from to build the court33s at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
Women’s Youth Olympic Games Beach Volleyball Result
Tuesday’s Semi-final Results
• Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara, Canada def. Lisa Arnholdt/Sarah Schneider, Germany, 2-0 (21-18 and 21-18, 33)
• Ana Patricia Silva/Eduarda Lisboa, Brazil def. Nadezda Makroguzova/Daria Rudykh, Russia, 2-0 (21-18 and 21-19, 38)
Tuesday’s Medal Match Results
• BRONZE - Lisa Arnholdt/Sarah Schneider, Germany def. Nadezda Makroguzova/Daria Rudykh, Russia, 2-0 (21-14 and 27-25, 37)
• GOLD - Ana Patricia Silva/Eduarda Lisboa, Brazil def. Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara, Canada, 2-1 (17-21, 21-13 and 16-14, 42)
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