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Beach Volleyball - 12. July 2007.

Machado-Roenicke Bow Out of FIVB U-19 Beach World Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 11, 2007)

After having a first-round bye, the fifth-seeded Machado-Roenicke opened competition by defeating the New Zealand pair of Julie Tilley and Kate Sherriff, 2-0 (21-13, 21-9). Machado-Roenicke made quick work of Tilley-Sherriff in only 31 minutes.

In the third round the Americans were blanked and eliminated by fourth-seeded Michaela Volakova and Zuzana Markova from the Czech Republic, 2-0 (15-21, 20-22).

There are 37 women’s teams from 27 countries embarking upon Myslowice for the 2007 SWATCH-FIVB U-19 World Championships. The following countries have teams entered in the SWATCH-FIVB U19 World Championships: Australia, Austria, Belarus, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United States.

At the 2006 SWATCH-FIVB U-19 World Championships, five of six medals were awarded to European teams. The sixth medal went to a women’s pair from Australia who captured gold over a duo from the Netherlands.

The U.S. women have never medaled at the FIVB U-19 World Championships.

The SWATCH-FIVB U-19 World Championships began in Greece in 2002. A European country has played host to the event on four occasions, while Thailand hosted it in 2003 and Bermuda was home to the 2006 tournament.

More information is available on the FIVB beach volleyball web site at http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVolleyball/index.asp.

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