US Beach Teams Go 7 for 8 at Shanghai Grand Slam
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 2, 2012) – U.S. beach volleyball teams won seven out of eight matches played on Wednesday at the Shanghai Grand Slam in China, the first grand slam event on the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour.
The U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Brad Keenan (Westminster, Calif.) and John Mayer (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) won two matches in the qualifying bracket on Wednesday to make it into Thursday’s main draw.
The U.S. women’s beach volleyball teams of Misty May-Treanor (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh (San Jose, Calif.), seeded fourth, and fifth-ranked Jen Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) both won their first two pool play matches in the women’s main draw on Wednesday.
The U.S. women’s team of Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brooke Hanson (Woodland Hills, Calif.), seeded 15th, finished 1-1 in pool play, which will be completed in Thursday.
Keenan and Mayer, ranked 25th in the qualifying bracket, opened play with a 21-18, 21-19 victory in 41 minutes over France’s eighth-seeded Andy Cès and Kevin Cès.
In the second round, Keenan and Meyer defeated Australia’s ninth-ranked Christopher McHugh and Josh Slack, 19-21, 22-20, 15-10 in 50 minutes.
“Fortunately my partner took control,” Mayer said in an FIVB press release. “I was already contemplating when to pack my bags because we were in trouble, but he took over completely.
“It’s really good, especially a Grand Slam like this because the field is so good. It was a class field and good to come through it.”
On the women’s side, May-Treanor and Walsh began Wednesday with a 21-9, 21-14 victory in 30 minutes over Italy’s 29th-ranked Gioria Daniela and Giulia Momoli. They followed that with a 21-16, 21-13 win in 36 minutes over Germany’s 20th-ranked Jana Köhler and Julia Sude.
On Thursday, May-Treanor and Walsh will play Australia’s 13th-ranked Louise Bawden and Becchara Palmer. The first round of elimination will also be played on Thursday.
Kessy and Ross started Wednesday with a 21-17, 21-11 victory in 30 minutes over Austria’s 28th-seeded Doris Schwaiger and Stefanie Schwaiger. They followed that with a hard-fought 12-21, 32-30, 15-9 win over Greece’s 21st-ranked Maria Tsiartsiani and Vasiliki Arvaniti in 1 hour, 6 minutes, the longest match of the day.
On Thursday, Kessy and Ross will complete pool play against Belgium’s 12th-ranked Liesbeth Mouha and Katrien Gielen.
Fendrick and Hanson lost their first pool play match on Wednesday to Canada’s 18th-ranked Heather Bansley and Elizabeth Maloney, 21-12, 21-15 in 36 minutes. The U.S. pair came back to defeat Georgia’s 31st-seeded Cristine Santanna and Andrezza Martins das Chagas, 21-17, 21-11 in 33 minutes.
On Thursday, Fendrick and Hanson will complete pool play against Brazil’s No. 2-seeded Talita Da Rocha Antunes and Maria Antonelli.
The men will begin main draw pool play on Thursday.
Top-seeded Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) will start with China’s 32nd-seeded Shun Zhou and Jian Li. In their second pool play match, the U.S. pair will face Latvia’s 17th-seeded Aleksandrs Samoilous and Ruslans Sorokins.
On Friday, Dalhausser and Rogers will play Germany’s 16th-seeded Hase Klemperer and Eric Koreng. The first round of elimination will also be played on Friday.
Matt Fuerbringer (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Nick Lucena (Santa Barbara, Calif.), ranked eighth, will open pool play against Austria’s 25th-ranked Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl. The U.S. team will play its second match against Kazakhstan’s 24th-seeded Alexey Sidorenko and Alexandr Dyachenko.
On Friday, Fuerbringer and Lucena will face China’s ninth-seeded Linyin Xu and Penggen Wu.
Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.), seeded 14th, will begin pool play against Germany’s 19th-ranked Sebastian Dollinger and Stefan Windscheif. Their second match will pit them against Great Britain’s 30th-seeded Steven Grotowski and John Garcia-Thompson.
On Friday, Gibb and Rosenthal will finish pool play against Netherlands’ third-ranked Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil.
Keenan and Mayer find themselves seeded 29th. They will have to open pool play on Thursday against Brazil’s fourth-ranked Ricardo Santos and Pedro Cunha. Their second match will put them up against Czech Republic’s 13th-seeded Premysl Kubala and Petr Benes.
They will finish pool play on Friday against Latvia’s 20th-seeded Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins.
Complete information about the FIVB World Tour is available on the FIVB web site.