McPeak/Youngs Advance to Round of 16 in Olympic Beach Volleyball

Aug. 18, 2004

Athens, Greece - Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs of the United States protected their seed on Tuesday evening at the Olympic Beach Volleyball Centre by rallying for a win over Nicole Schnyder and Simone Kuhn of Switzerland. The win was the fourth-seeded American's third in Pool D play as McPeak and Youngs scored a 22-24, 21-17 and 15-12 win in 62 minutes over Schnyder and Kuhn, the 2004 European Champions as the Swiss played their best match of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. With Tuesday's win along with other pool victories teams from Norway and Canada, McPeak and Youngs await the completion of pool play Thursday to learn their first-round opponent in the 16-team, single-elimination bracket to determine the medal winners. "I think that match was good for us," said McPeak, who is competing in her third Olympics. "I always approach everything with a positive outlook and I think we can take some things away from tonight's game to help us later in the competition." Although Youngs was glad to be done with the preliminary matches, she is more interested in improving her game with McPeak. "I really don't care who we play," Youngs noted. "Right now, I am more interested in correcting our mistakes to get a chance for the bigger rewards of the Games. It will not be easy, but I think we have the ability to play with any team in the world." McPeak and Youngs will be joined in the 16-team elimination bracket American rivals Misty May and Kerri Walsh, who have to defeat Eva Celbova and Sona Novakova of the Czech Republic Thursday to ensure their first-seed. Both teams are 2-0 in Pool A entering their 9 p.m. match Thursday.

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