Puerto Ricans Rivera and Figueroa to quarterfinals in Nanjing

NANJING, China, August 23, 2014 – Puerto Ricans Daniel Rivera and Sergio Figueroa reached the quarterfinals of the male’s beach volleyball tournament of the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.


Rivera and Figueroa, who topped their pool and received a bye to the round of 16, won a thrilling match of three sets 2-1 (21-23, 21-18, 15-10) in 47 minutes over Norway’s Mathias Berntsen and Anders Mol.


In the quarterfinals, the Puerto Ricans will meet Venezuela’s Tigrito Gomez and Peter Hernandez who beat Renato Bogarin and Elioth Frutos of Paraguay 2-0 (21-18, 23-21) in 35 minutes.


Canadians Andrew Richards and Jake MacNeil won their match in the Round of 24 by scores of 2-0 (21-14, 21-14) in 26 minutes over Ghana’s La Pioneers and Osu Youth. Then were eliminated in the next round after losing 2-0 (21-15, 21-16) to Russia’s Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin.