U19 World Championships, Porto, Portugal

Americans took bronze in both the women's and men's tournaments at the U19 World Championship.
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Americans took bronze in both the women's and men's tournaments at the U19 World Championship.

Women’s

Eduarda Santos Lisboa and Taina Silva Bigi of Brazil won the U19 World Championships in Porto, Portugal, with a solid (21-12, 21-16) win over Anna Gorbunova and Nadezda Makroguzova of Russia. At only 14 years old Eduarda won the silver medal at the U23 World Championships a few weeks earlier.

Americans Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes took bronze by defeating the German team of Sarah Schneider and Lara Schreiber 2-1. Hughes previously partnered with Summer Ross to take fourth in the U21 tournament last year. Hughes’ new partner Claes, has one year left at El Dorado High, but has committed to attend Long Beach State in 2014.

Men’s

Moritz Reichert and Clemens Wickler of Germany took gold over Norway’s Bjarne Nikolai Huus and Christian Sandlie Sorum (21-16, 21-17).

Americans also secured the bronze medal on the men’s side, with TJ DeFalco and Lucas Yoder overcoming the Lithuanian team Lukas Kazdailis and Arnas Rumsevicius in three sets. Yoder, a USC incoming freshman, had eight blocks in the match, and the event was Huntington Beach High’s DeFalco’s first FIVB experience.

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