Russia Sweeps Golds at FIVB U19 Beach World Championships

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 15th, 2018 | Beach, International Volleyball, News

FIVB U19 World Championships

Russia’s Mariia Boncharova/Maria Voronina rallied past Dutch pair Raisa Schoon/Emi van Driel for the U19 Women’s Beach World title on Sunday.

No. 6 Boncharova/Voronina dropped the opening set 21-19, but rebounded with a pair of deuce set wins 21-19, 15-13 to claim the crown.

The Russians made their way through a trio of straight wins to take Pool F,  besting Bolivia’s Maria Canedo/Nicole Nogales, Mozambique’s Mercia Mucheza/Ana Sinaportar and Germany’s Lea Sophie Kunst/Anna-Lena Grune. In the round of 16 and quarterfinals the Russia’s downed Ukraine’s No. 7 Kateryna Dashevska/Sofiia Rylova and Canada’s Erika Vermette/Dana Roskic respectively in straight sets. The pair had to fight through its first tiebreak of the tournament to reach the final, eventually moving past Spain’s Alvarez/Moreno 21-16, 18-21, 15-8.

Third seeded Schoon/Van Driel won the Pool C title with a tiebreak win over Spain’s Daniela Alvarez/Tania Moreno (17-21, 21-15, 15-10) and straight-set wins over Egypt’s Nada Hamdy/Nariman ‘Niro’ Yasser and Italy’s Claudia Scampoli/Nicol Bertozzi. In the round of 16, the pair outdid Brazil’s No. 2 seed Thamela Coradello Galil/Anne Karolayne Figueredo Gois 21-16, 21-14. A quarterfinal win over China’s No. 8 Jie Dong/Ting Hang and a semifinal effort against fourth seeded Americans Devon Newberry/Lindsey Sparks paved the final steps to the title match.

Spain’s Alvarez/Moreno came through in tiebreak to top Newberry/Sparks for the bronze. The Americans struck first at 21-10, but the Spaniards awoke for a 21-18, 15-12 victory.

On the men’s side, the title race came down to Russia’s Denis Shekunov/Dmitrii Veretiuk and Germany’s Lukas Pfretzschner/Filip John, with the Russians getting revenge for a pool play loss to their foes with a 21-19, 21-18 finals win.

No. 31 Shekunov/Veretiuk lost their opening two matches of pool play, falling to Gabriel/Pisco and the Germans, but stayed alive in the tournament with a straight-set effort against Paraguay’s Jorge Riveros/Gonzalo Melgarejo in the pool finale. Once in the elimination rounds, the duo notched a trio of straight set wins, ousting Chile’s Vicente Drougett/Gaspar Lammel, Germans Rudy Schneider/Simon Pfretzchner and Thailand’s Phichakon Narathon/Phanupong Thanan. A semifinal win over seventh-ranked countrymen Alexey Gusev/Pavel Shustrov put the pair in line for the title.

No. 15 Pfretzschner/John took the Pool B title, including a tiebreak win over their finals foe (13-21, 23-21, 15-11) in their second match. The pair edged past Brazil’s No. 2 seed Gabriel Zuliani/Gabriel Pisco (21-18, 13-21, 15-11) to wrap up Pool B play. After earning a free pass to the Round of 16, Pfretzschner/John swept past Mozambique’s Jorge Monjane/Arsenio Guvu and Poland’s No. 5 Dominik Poznanski/Mikolaj Miszczuk in straight sets. It took a tiebreak win over Argentina’s No. 9 Mauro Zelayeta/Bautista Amieva to reach the semifinal.

Russia added a second medal to their trophy case as Gusev/Shustrov swept Zelayeta/Amieva for the bronze 21-18, 21-16.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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