COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 29, 2012) – U.S. women’s teams went 3-1 on Wednesday on their first day of pool play at the FIVB SWATCH Junior (under-21) World Championships in Halifax, Canada.
The men’s competition will begin on Thursday.
The U.S. women’s No. 1 team of Ross (San Diego, Calif.) and Sara Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.), seeded No. 3, won both its pool play matches on Wednesday.
In the morning, Hughes and Ross defeated Sweden’s No. 30 Sara Hellgren and Kristin Lind, 21-7, 21-11 in 27 minutes.
In the afternoon, Hughes and Ross beat Australia’s No. 19 Eliza (Karley) Hynes and Nicole Laird, 21-16, 25-23 in 41 minutes. Hughes and Ross will conclude pool play on Thursday against Mexico’s No. 14 Maura Martinez and Claudia Rios.
The U.S. women’s No. 2 team of Kirby Burnham (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Jace Pardon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), seeded No. 26, lost its first match of the day to Brazil’s No. 7 Drussyla Costa and Rebecca Silva, 21-11, 21-19 in 32 minutes.
However Burnham and Pardon bounced back to defeat Kazakhstan’s No. 11 Bakhtygul Samalikova and Lyubov Bogatu, 21-13, 21-12 in 22 minutes. The U.S. pair will conclude pool play on Thursday against Germany’s No. 23 Sandra Seyfferth and Anika Krebs.
Men’s play will begin on Thursday with both U.S. men’s teams making it into the main draw. Alex Jones (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Kyle Stevenson (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) will be the No. 1 team. Weston Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Parker Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif.), who were on the waiting list for the main draw, have made it in and will also compete on Thursday.,
The world championship event will be held through Sunday (Sept. 2) at the purpose-built beach volleyball complex on the Salter Lot of the Halifax Waterfront. This is the not only the second time in the event’s 12-year history that it is being held in North America, but also the second straight year in Halifax.
The top three teams in each pool (24 total) will advance to the single-elimination bracket phase of the tournament. The women will begin their single elimination phase with two rounds on Friday followed by the women’s quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday. Men will play their first elimination round on Friday, followed by the second round and quarterfinals on Saturday and the semifinals on Sunday morning.
The bronze and gold medal matches for each gender will be held on Sunday event at the SEA stadium center court.
For more information, visit the FIVB web site.