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Pairings Announced for Olympic Beach Tournament

By B. J. Hoeptner Evans | Aug. 02, 2012, 10:02 p.m. (ET)

B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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LONDON (Aug. 2, 2012) – Following the completion of play on Thursday, the U.S. beach volleyball teams found out their pairings for the first round of elimination play on Friday and Saturday.

Sixteen men’s teams and 16 women’s remain following pool play.

All four U.S. beach volleyball teams won their pools. Only Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) lost a match in pool play.

Jennifer Kessy (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.), seeded No. 4, will play Switzerland’s No. 13 Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr at 5 p.m. local time (9 a.m. PT) on Friday. Kessy and Ross are 3-3 against the Swiss team.

Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.), seeded No. 2, will go up against No. 15 Nicolai Paolo and Daniele Lupo, who qualified via a “lucky loser” match, on Friday at 6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. PT). The U.S. team is 2-2 against the Italians.

No. 3 Misty May-Treanor (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh (San Jose, Calif.) will face Netherlands’ No. 14 Marleen Van Iersel and Sanne Keizer at 9 p.m. local time (1 p.m. PT) on  Saturday. May-Treanor and Walsh are 2-1 against Van Iersel and Keizer.

No. 4 Gibb and Rosenthal will play Russia’s No. 13 Konstantin Semenov and Sergei Prokopiev on Saturday at 10 p.m. local time (2 p.m. PT). It will be the first meeting between the two teams.

Four sessions will be held Friday with two matches in each (one per gender) for the first half of the round of 16 matches with the balance to be played on Saturday. The sessions are scheduled to start Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Women’s Matches

Friday, Aug. 3 (All times local)
9 a.m. - Sara Goller/Laura Ludwig (GER) vs. Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler (GER)
2 p.m. - Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca (BRA) vs. Madelein Meppelink/Sophie van Gestel (NED)
5 p.m. (9 a.m .PT) - Simone Kuhn/Nadine Zumkehr (SUI) vs. Jennifer Kessy/April Ross (USA)
10 p.m. - Doris Schwaiger/Stefanie Schwaiger (AUT) vs. Anastasia Vasina/Anna Vozakova (RUS)

Saturday, Aug. 4 (All times local)
9 a.m. - Ekaterina Khomyakova/Evgenia Ukolova (RUS) vs. Chen Xue/Xi Zhang (CHN)
1 p.m. - Elsa Baquerizo/Liliana Fernandez Steiner (ESP) vs. Greta Cicolari/Marta Menegatti (ITA)
6 p.m. - Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes (BRA) vs. Kristyna Kolocova/Marketa Slukova (CZE)
9 p.m. (1 p.m. PT) - Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh (USA) vs. Sanne Keizer/Marleen Van Iersel (NED)

Men’s Matches
Friday, Aug. 3 (All times local)
10 a.m. - Grzegorz Fijalek/Mariusz Prudel (POL) vs. Sebastian Chevallier/Sascha Heyer (SUI)
1 p.m. - Martins Plavins/Janis Smedins (LAT) vs. Tarjei Skarlund/Martin Spinnangr (NOR)
6 p.m. (10 a.m. PT) - Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai (ITA) vs. Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers (USA)
9 p.m. - Adrian Gavira Collado/Pablo Herrera (ESP) vs. Pedro Cunha/Ricardo Santos (BRA)

Saturday, Aug. 4 (All times local)
10 a.m. - Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego (BRA) vs. Jonathan Erdmann/Kay Matysik (GER)
2 p.m. - Reinder Nummerdor/Richard Schuil (NED) vs. Jefferson Bellaguarda/Patrick Heuscher (SUI)
5 p.m. - Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann (GER) vs. Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Ruslans Sorokins (LAT)
10 p.m. (2 p.m. PT) - Sergey Prokopyev/Konstantin Semenov (RUS) vs. Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal (USA)

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