COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 1, 2012) – The U.S. women’s team of Summer Ross and Sara Hughes will play for the bronze medal on Sunday at the FIVB SWATCH Junior (under-21) World Championships in Halifax, Canada.
The No. 1 U.S. women’s team of Ross (San Diego, Calif.) and Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.), seeded No. 3, will play Australia’s No. 12 Mariafe Artacho and Taliqua Clancy for the bronze medal at 9 a.m. PT. The match can be viewed live at laola1.tv.
Ross and Hughes won their quarterfinal match on Saturday, but fell in the semifinals.
Ross will be playing for her third world championship medal. She won the 2010 FIVB youth world championship with partner Jane Croson. A month later, she won the 2010 junior world championship with Tara Roenicke.
Both U.S. men’s teams competing in Halifax suffered losses on Saturday and were eliminated from the tournament.
The No. 1 team of Alex Jones (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Kyle Stevenson (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), seeded No. 9, won its second-round match over Canada’s No. 6 Dallas Keith and Garrett May, 21-17, 16-21, 15-10 in 49 minutes.
However Jones and Stevenson fell in the quarterfinals to Russia’s No. 4 Andrey Bolgov and Artem Kucherenko, 21-18, 21-14 in 32 minutes. Jones and Stevenson finished the tournament tied for fifth.
The No. 2 U.S. men’s team of Weston Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Parker Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif.), seeded No. 19, finished tied for ninth after losing in the second round to No. 13 Ondrej Benes and Ondrej Perusic of Czech Republic, 21-16, 14-21, 15-11 in 44 minutes.
Ross and Hughes opened Saturday with a 21-19, 21-10 victory in 31 minutes in the quarterfinals over Germany’s No. 23 Sandra Seyfferth and Anika Krebs.
The U.S. pair won the first set of their semifinal match against Switzerland’s No. 2 Nina Betschart and Anouk Vergé-Dépré, 21-12. However the Swiss team came back with a vengeance and won the next two sets, 21-17, 15-10 as the match took 41 minutes.
Switzerland was leading 7-6 in the first set when Ross scored on a kill and Hughes took the serve. Ross scored on another attack and Hughes added one of her own to give the U.S. a 9-7 lead. The U.S. still led by two at 12-10 when Ross scored with an attack and Switzerland had two straight hitting errors, putting Ross and Hughes ahead 15-10. Switzerland called timeout and scored with an attack. But Ross connected on another kill followed by a Swiss error and two straight Hughes spikes to give the U.S. set point at 20-11. Switzerland scored once more before Ross ended it with a kill.
The score was tied 10-10 in the second set when the U.S. hit the ball out of bounds and Switzerland followed with a block. The teams traded points until Switzerland led 14-13 and scored on a U.S. error and a kill. Switzerland went on to win 21-17.
Switzerland took a 4-1 lead in the third set. The U.S. kept the score close until Switzerland led 9-7 and scored on two straight attacks to lead 12-7. Ross and Hughes could not mount a comeback and fell 15-10.
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