U21 World Championships in Umag, Croatia

Poland's Katarzyna Kociolek attacks the block from Germany's Jelena Wlk.
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Poland's Katarzyna Kociolek attacks the block from Germany's Jelena Wlk.

Men's

Brazil's Gustavo Carvalhaes and Allison Cittadin and Canada's Grant O’Gorman and Aaron Nusbaum met for the first time in pool play. And when they met again in the final, Brazil repeated their pool play performance, defeating the Canadians 21-12, 23-21. The Brazilian team fought all the way from the qualifier to win the gold medal.

Poland's Maciej Kosiak and Maciej Rudol took bronze after beating Russia's Viacheslav Kirienko and Dmitry Uraikin.

Christopher Long and Brandon Clemons were at the tournament representing the U.S., but lost in Round 2 to eventual bronze medalists Kosiak-Rudol.

1. Gustavo Carvalhaes and Allison Cittadin, Brazil
2. Grant O’Gorman and Aaron Nusbaum, Canada
3. Maciej Kosiak and Maciej Rudol

Women's

The gold medal match at the U21 World Championship in Umag, Croatia couldn't have been closer, but Poland's Katarzyna Kociolek and Jagoda Gruszscynska managed to edge Germany's Anika Krebs and Jelena Wlk 22-20, 23-21. Last year the two teams met in the U20 European Championships, and the Polish duo came out on top of that meeting as well.

In the bronze medal match, Austria’s Katharina Schützenhofer and Lena Plesiutschnig defeated Paula Soria and Raquel Brun from Spain 21-15, 21-13.

Jace Pardon and Alexa Strange represented the U.S. in the tournament, but fell to a strong Swiss team in the second round of elimination play.

1. Katarzyna Kociolek and Jagoda Gruszscynska, Poland
2. Anika Krebs and Jelena Wlk, Germany
3. Katharina Schützenhofer and Lena Plesiutschnig, Austria

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