FIVB U21 Beach Volleyball World Championships
- Nanjing, China
- July 10-16, 2017
Brazilian Renato Andrew Lima de Carvalho has a chance to earn his second straight World Championship after taking the U19 title in 2016. Renato and new partner Adrielson Dos Santos Silva are on to the gold medal match after defeating Latvia’s Kristaps Smits and Mihails Sarmoilovs in the semifinals on Saturday.
Smits/Samoilovs still have a chance to repeat their bronze medal from the 2016 U19 World Championships.
Russia’s Aleksandr Kramarenko/Vasilii Ivanov will battle the Brazilians in the championship match after defeating Moritz Fabian Kindl/Marian Klaffinger of Austria in the semifinals. The pairs had the most competitive matches in the quarterfinals, each winning in three set affairs. Kindl/Klaffinger edged Mexico’s Josue Gaston Gaxiola Leyva/Jose Angel Cardenas Valdez 23-21, 20-22, 17-15 in the most hotly contested match of the day.
Kindl/Klaffinger earned the lucky loser ticket after defeating the USA’s Clay Messenger/Adam Wienckowsck in the final pool play match of the tournament, advancing on point differential.
Adrielson Dos Santos Silva/Renato Andrew Lima de Carvalho (Brazil) def. Eraili Nu/Weiming Liu (China) 21-15, 21-15
Kristaps Smits/Mihails Samoilovs (Latvia) def. Oscar Jimenez Gutierrez/Alejandro Huerta Pastor (Spain) 22-20, 21-16
Aleksandr Kramarenko/Vasilii Ivanov (Russia) def. Gabriel Heilborn Gouveia/Rafael Jose Mendonca de Queiroz (Brazil) 19-21, 21-13, 15-9
Moritz Fabian Kindl/Marian Klaffinger (Austria) def. Josue Gaston Gaxiola Leyva/Jose Angel Cardenas Valdez (Mexico) 23-21, 20-22, 17-15
Adrielson/Renato (Brazil) def. Smits/Samoilovs (Latvia) 21-15, 21-16
Kramarenko/Ivanov (Russia) def. Kindl/Klaffinger (Austria) 21-11, 21-17