Puerto Ricans win Pool C in Nanjing

NANJING, China, August 21, 2014 – Puerto Ricans Sergio Figueroa and Daniel Rivera secured first place in Pool C of the male beach volleyball tournament of the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games with a 2-1 (21-17, 18-21, 15-10) victory over France’s Arnaud Gauthier and Arnaud Loiseau on Thursday.


Figueroa and Rivera improved their win-loss record to 4-0 after the victory over the second place team of Gauthier and Loiseau (3-1).


The Puerto Ricans complete their participation in pool play on Friday when they are scheduled to meet Carlos Rosa and Ajai Sweeney of U.S. Virgin Islands who are winless in four outings.


Rosa and Sweeney lost to Mohammadreza Shobeiri and Keyvan Sahneh of Iran 2-0 (21-6, 21-12) on Thursday.


In Pool D, Andrew Richards and Jake MacNeil of Canada improved to a 3-1 record after winning by forfeit against Lombi and Kamara of Sierra Leone.


Tigrito Gomez and Rolando Hernandez of Venezuela defeated Louis Richard and Torey DeFalco (1-3) 2-0 (21-17, 21-14) in Pool F.


Bryan Shavar and Rojey Hutchinson of Jamaica (0-4) lost to Nate Moore and Kahuranqi Robinson of New Zealand 2-1 (21-19, 19-21, 15-6) in Pool B.


In Pool A, Delshun Welcome and Rodall Fraser of St Vincent (1-3) lost to Mauricio Vieyto and Marco Cairus of Uruguay 2-0 (21-9, 21-11).


In Pool E, Erik Flores and Mark Alvarez (1-3) of Guatemala lost to Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin of Russia 2-0 (21-15, 21-11).