YOG Beach V-ball: Rwanda Fall to Mexico, face Venezuela on Friday

Valentine Munezero (#1) and Penelope Musabyimana (#2) lost their Group F matches against Aruba and Mexico this week. They will face Venezuela on Friday night

The national U18 women’s beach volleyball team lost their second game at the 3rd Youth Olympic Games on Wednesday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This year’s edition of the quadrennial Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG), commonly known as the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics, got underway on Saturday and will run through October 18 in the Argentina capital.

The event has attracted around 4,000 athletes from 206 countries.

In the women’s beach volleyball competition, Rwandan pair of Munezero Valentine and Musabyimana Penelope lost to Mexican duo of Gutierrez Guzman Atenas Angelica, Romero Valdez Karla Valeria 1-2 in a game played on Wednesday 20:00 local time.

The Rwandan pair lost two sets 13-21 and 16-21 in a game which last over 29 minutes.

This was the second loss for Rwanda in the competition following their opening 1-2 loss on Monday to Aruba.

In another game, Venezuela’s Urimar Narvaez and Diana Ramirez posted their second Pool F win Wednesday by defeating 22nd-seeded Kayla Arends/Mali Rafini of Aruba 2-0 (21-10, 21-12) in 26 minutes.

Rwanda seeded 11th and winless after two matches will face group leaders and sixth-seeded Venezuela in their last game of the competition on Friday at 15:30 which will be 20:00 local time.

As of now, Rwanda stands bottom of Group F standings with only two points. Venezuela leads the standings with four points, one ahead of Mexico and Aruba after playing two matches.

Rwanda secured the ticket to the Youth Olympics in July when the duo of Penelope Musabyimana and Valentine Munezero finished second at this year’s African Youth Games in Algeria.

The elimination rounds begin Saturday for both men and women with the top three teams from each pool advancing to single-elimination bracket play.  Both the men’s and women’s quarter-finals will be played October 15 followed by the semi-finals October 16 and the medal matches October 17.

 Youth Olympic Games

Beach Volleyball Competition

Wednesday Results

Group F, Wednesday

Rwanda 0-2 Mexico

Venezuela 2-0 Aruba4




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