Rio de Janeiro, August 11, 2016 - Egypt's Doaa Elghobashy /Nada Meawad are looking for their first pool E win against Jamie Broder/Kristina Valjas of Canada to start off the afternoon session of day six. Egypt needs a win to stay in the Olympic competition; a loss will send them home with a 19th-place finish. A win for Canada could put them in a three-way tie for 1st needing a tie-breaker to automatically advance, if Italy beats Germany in the other pool match, or could leave them in sole possession of 2nd place and advancing if Germany wins.
Head to Head
The two teams have never met in FIVB World Tour competition
Historically the #16 seed has won all for meetings against the #21 seed in Olympic Game competition
• Elsa Baquerizo/Liliana Fernandez (16), Spain def. Ana Gallay/Virginia Zonta (21), Argentina, 22-20, 21-16 in 39 minutes, Pool Play, London (2012).
• Efthalia Koutroumanidou/Maria Tsiartsiani (16), Greece def. Judith Augoustides/Vitalina Nel (21), South Africa, 21-12, 21-8 in 34 minutes, Pool Play, Beijing (2008).
• Guylaine Dumont/Annie Martin (16), Canada def. Susanne Glesnes/Kathrine Maaseide (21), Norway, 21-19, 29-27 in 52 minutes, Pool Play, Athens (2004).
• Vasso Karadassiou/Efi Sfyri (16), Greece def. Martina Hudcova/Tereza Tobiasova (21), Czech Republic, 15-6 in 29 minutes, Contender's Bracket Round 2, Sydney (2000).
Jamie Broder/Kristina Valjas, Canada, Seed #16, Pool D, 1-1, 0.667 Set Ratio, 0.8778 Point Ratio, Qualified 13th with 4,640 Points in the 2015-16 Olympic qualification period
• Jamie: June 8, 1985 (31y1m29d), 172 cm (5'8"), 65 kg (144 lbs.), Hometown Victoria, BC, 66th FIVB World Tour event, one gold medal, $149,412 career winnings
• Kristina: June 2, 1987 (29y2m4d), 188 cm (6'2"), 68 kg (151 lbs.), Hometown Toronto, 68th FIVB World Tour event, one gold medal, $146,412 career winnings
• Jamie and Kristina have been playing together since 2011. They are playing in their 58th FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament together (ranks 38th), one gold medal, $292,825 career winnings (ranks 61st). They won Canada's only FIVB World Tour gold medal.
• Jamie has played in three FIVB World Tour final fours with one gold medal, one bronze medal and one 4th place finish.
• Kristina has played in three FIVB World Tour final fours with one gold medal, one bronze medals and one 4th place finish.
• Jamie and Kristina have played in three Final Fours in 2015-2016 (Gold Fuzhou Open 2015, Bronze Lucerne Open 2015, 4th Porec Major 2015).
• Jamie and Kristina finished 37th in the FIVB World Championships in 2013 (Stare Jablonki) and 17th in 2015 (The Hague).
• Jamie and Kristina are currently ranked 35th in FIVB World Tour points in 2016 with 2,140 points and 26th in winnings with $51,000.
• Jamie and Kristina have a career 92-137 (40.2%) match record in FIVB World Tour Events and a 48-63 (43.2%) record in 2015-16.
• Jamie and Kristina won the gold medal at the NORCECA Continental Championships in 2015 (Turtle Beach, Trinidad and Tobago) along with two other gold medals on the NORCECA Continental Tour (2013 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands), (2013 Maracas Bay, Trinidad and Tobago).
• Defeated Laura Giombini/Marta Menegatti, Italy (9), 15-21, 21-18, and 15-9 in 56 minutes.
• Lost to Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst, Germany (4), 17-21 and 11-21 in 32 minutes.
Doaa Elghobashy /Nada Meawad, Egypt, Seed #21, Pool D, 0-2, 0.000 Set Ratio, 0.5952 Point Ratio, Qualified through African Confederation (CAVB) Continental Cup
• Doaa: November 8, 1996 (19y8m29d), Hometown Beheira, 1st FIVB World Tour event
• Nada: April 12, 1998 (18y3m25d), 180 cm (5'11"), 71 kg (158 lbs.), Hometown Cairo, 1st FIVB World Tour event
• Doaa and Nada are playing in their 1st FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament together.
• Doaa and Nada have a career 0-2 (0.0%) match record in FIVB World Tour Events, all in 2015-16.
• With no previous FIVB World Tour events played, Doaa and Nada are the least experienced team competing in the Rio Olympics.
• Doaa and Meawad are the first team from Egypt to compete in the Olympic Games for beach volleyball.
• Nada is the youngest women's player to compete in any of the six Olympic Games at 18 years, 3 months.
• Doaa is the second youngest women's player to compete in the Rio Olympics at 19 years, 8 months. She is sixth youngest in all Olympic Games.
• Doaa and Meawad competed with different partners in helping Egypt to secure a berth in Rio. Doaa played with Lamies Nossier and Nada with Randa Radwan. Egypt posted a 5-0 record in the mid-April African Continental Cup finals in Abuja, Nigeria. With early wins over teams from Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, and Nigeria, the Egyptians defeated Rwanda 2-1 in the finals as Doaa and Nossier won the deciding match.
• Lost to Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst, Germany (4), 12-21 and 15-21 in 34 minutes.
• Lost to Laura Giombini/Marta Menegatti, Italy (9), 10-21 and 13-21 in 35 minutes.