COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 9, 2013) – After a tough day of competition for the U.S. duos at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Berlin Grand Slam, the teams of Jennifer Kessy and April Ross as well as Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat have advanced to Round 2 of single elimination.
Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) went 2-1 in pool play, forfeiting their final match against Slovakia’s No. 12 duo of Natalia Dubovcova and Dominkia Nestarcova due to injury. Seeded No. 5, Kessy and Ross finished atop Pool E and advanced directly into round two.
No. 16 Fopma (Bellflower, Calif.) and Sweat (Fort Myers, Fla.) were defeated in their final match in Pool A, falling to the No. 1 seeded German tandem of Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler, 21-12, 22-20, 15-11. Fopma and Sweat finished in third place in their pool with a 1-2 record and advanced into the first round of elimination. They defeated Germany’s No. 31 Chantal Laboureur and Cinja Tillmann, 21-15, 21-12, to earn a spot in Round 2.
Round two will see an all-U.S. matchup, as Kessy and Ross take on Fopma and Sweat on Aug. 10.
The other U.S. women’s duos of Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.) along with Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) were both eliminated in the first round.
Fendrick and Hochevar, seeded No. 10, finished in third place in Pool G with a 2-1 record, dropping their final match to Austria’s No. 7 Doris and Stefanie Schwaiger, 21-18, 21-15. They advanced into the first elimination round where they fell to the No. 14 Russian team of Evgenia Ukulova and Ekaterina Khomyakova, 22-20, 26-28, 15-6.
Eighteenth-seeded Pavlik and Day also finished in third place in pool play, ending with a 1-2 record in Pool B. They lost their last pool match to Laboureur and Tillmann (21-17, 22-20) but advanced into the first elimination round where they were defeated by Russia’s No. 27 Svetlana Popova and Maria Prokopeva (21-17, 19-21, 16-14).
Fendrick and Hochevar finished the tournament tied for 17th place as did Pavlik and Day.
In the men’s bracket, the three remaining duos representing the U.S. were eliminated in one of the first two elimination rounds.
Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.), seeded No. 6, advanced straight into the second round after finishing atop Pool F with a 3-0 record. They fell to Germany’s No. 8 Sebastian Dollinger and Stefan Windscheif, 27-25, 19-21, 15-11, ending the tournament in a tie for ninth place.
No. 5 Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Calif.) finished in second place in Pool E with a 2-1 record and advanced to the first round. They defeated Brazil’s No. 4 Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and Alvaro Morais Filho, 21-14, 21-12, to move into Round 2 where they fell to No. 25 Konstantin Semenov and Viacheslav Krasilnikov of Russia (28-26, 17-21, 15-13). The U.S. pair finished tied for ninth.
Brad Keenan (Westminster, Calif.) and John Mayer (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) finished pool play in second place in Pool C with a 2-1 record. Seeded No. 30, they advanced into the first elimination round where they fell to Dollinger and Windsheif, 21-17, 27-25. Mayer and Keenan finished the tournament in a tie for 17th place.
The Berlin smart Grand Slam is the seventh Grand Slam on the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, which is comprised of 10 Grand Slam events and the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. There are also eight Open events and while they are not part of the World Tour, they still count towards the FIVB World Rankings and help open the door for development of the sport.
The tournament concludes with the women’s gold and bronze medal matches on Sunday August 11, while the men’s medal matches take place on Saturday August 10.
For more information on the Berlin Grand Slam, click here.