McNamaras to play for the gold in Nanjing
NANJING, China, August 26, 2014 - It will be North America
versus South America for the women’s Beach Volleyball gold medal
at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games after pairs from Canada
and Brazil won semi-final matches here Tuesday afternoon at the
venue located within the Nanjing Sports Park Complex.
In a repeat of the semi-final match in Portugal some 3½ weeks
ago at the FIVB under-19 world championships, the McNamara twins
(Megan and Nicole) avenged a Porto setback to Lisa Arnholdt and
Sarah Schneider by defeating the Germans 2-0 (21-18 and 21-18)
in a 33-minute match to open play Tuesday.
The McNamara now play Ana Patricia Silva and Eduarda Lisboa
Tuesday evening for the gold medal as the Brazilians continued
their winning ways in the second semi-final Tuesday by defeating
Nadezda Makroguzova and Daria Rudykh of Russia 2-0 (21-18 and
21-19) in a 38-minute match. The Russians will play Arnholdt
and Schneider for the bronze medal to start the evening session.
“It is a pretty neat feeling,” said Megan McNamara after the
match about being guaranteed a medal. “When we found out we
were going to be playing them (Germany), we knew they were a
great team that would be tough to beat. It will be very hard
match with Brazil. They are an amazing team that plays very