McNamaras to semis in Porto

PORTO, Portugal, August 2, 2014 – Twins Megan and Nicole McNamara of Canada continued their impressive run at the U19 Beach Volleyball World Championship advancing to the semifinal round on Saturday.


The McNamaras, who rested on Friday when they celebrated their 17th birthday, won their matches in the second and third round but not without going through a couple of big battles under the brilliant blue skies.


They first subdued the duo of Stubbe and Wouters of Netherlands 21-19, 12-21, 15-12 in 48 minutes and then outlasted Susannah Muno and Christian Jones of United States 21-17, 16-21, 15-12 in 42 minutes.


In the semifinals the Canadians will play against Russians Rudykh and Makroguzova.


In the second round, Vanessa Cajigas and Lina Bernier of Puerto Rico lost to Switzerland’s Rohrer/Gerson 21-13, 11-21, 15-5 while Muno/Jones defeated Lithuania’s Vaiciukynaite/AndriuKaytite 21-14, 21-9.


Mexico’s Stephanie Burnside and Yesenia Castro lost in the first round 21-12, 21-11 to Germany’s Welsch/Bieneck.


In the men’s division, Americans Torey DeFalco and Louis Richard lost in second round to Brazilians Arthur/George Wanderley 21-14, 19-21, 15-8 after a first round win over Polish Kmiecik/Macura 21-18, 13-21, 15-13.


The Puerto Ricans Daniel Rivera and Ricardo Padilla lost in first round 22-20, 21-17 to the hands of Drapchynski and Vauchkevich of Belorussia.