COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 10, 2013) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of Lane Carico and Emily Stockman advance to the quarterfinals, while the U.S. men’s beach volleyball team of Will Montgomery and Tri Bourne move on to the playoffs at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
For the women, Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Georgia State) and Stockman (Colorado Springs, Colo.; Wichita State) remain undefeated in the tournament (4-0) and secured a spot in the quarterfinals after they defeated Austria’s Magdalena Jirak and Lena Plesiutschnig (21-18, 21-8) in the first round of playoffs on Wednesday.
Prior to playoffs, Carico and Stockman defeated Brazil’s Andreia da Silva and Jessica Silva (21-3, 21-5) on Tuesday and topped Russia’s Svetlana Popova and Mariia Prokopeva (24-22, 22-24, 15-11) and Norway’s Janne Aasland Pedersen and Vidle Joohanne Solvoll (21-13, 21-15) on Monday.
In men’s action, Montgomery (UC Irvine) and Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii; Southern California [USC]) reached the playoffs when they breezed past Brazil’s Luan Candido and Leopoldo da Silva Bra in two sets (21-11, 21-15) in the preliminary round.
The pair, now 3-0 in the tournament, topped Norway’s Lars Tveit Retterholt and Svein Oddmund Solhaug (21-18, 21-16), and Russia’s Yaroslav Koshkarev and Konstantin Semenov (15-21, 23-21, 15-11) on the first day of competition.
Jeff Carlson (USC) and Connor Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.; UC Irvine) fared well in the double elimination playoff round as they trumped Turkey’s Hkan Gogtepe and Volkan Gogtepe (21-7, 21-4) to hold an overall 1-2 tournament record.
On the first day of preliminaries, Carlson and Hughes fell to Poland’s Michal Kadziola and Jakub Szalankiewicz (21-17, 21-18) and Italy’s Matteo Cecchili and Frederico Morichelli (24-22, 14-21, 11-15).
The women’s team of Stevi Robinson (Hermosa Beach, Calif.; USC) and Caitlin Ledoux (Phelan, Calif.; Long Beach State) improved to 2-2 after defeating Tania Oliveria and Joana Resende, of Portugal, in three sets (21-16, 20-22, 15-11) in the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket.
On Tuesday, Robinson and Ledoux dropped matches to Czech Republic’s Karolina Rehackova and Michala Kvapilova (21-19, 21-15) and Austria’s Magdalena Jirak and Lena Plesiutschnig in three sets (21-12, 21-14, 14-16), but the Americans grabbed a win against Philippines' Fiola Mae Ceballos and Jovelyn Gonzaga (21-13, 21-16) on Monday.
Carico and Stockman match up against Germany’s Chantal Laboureur and Julia Katharina Sude in Thursday’s quarterfinals, while Robinson and Ledoux have not yet been matched with their opponent in the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket.
On Thursday, Montgomery and Bourne compete against China’s Houcai Gond and Lei Li in the second round of playoffs, while Carlson and Hughes move into the second round of playoffs in the losers’ bracket to take on Israel’s Sean Faiga and Ariel Hilman.
The World University Games is an international multi-sport celebration of collegiate athletes organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The games serve as an international sporting and cultural festival similar to the Olympics staged every two years in a different city around the world. Volleyball is one of the 12 mandatory sports for the World University Games or Universiade with a maximum of three optional sports chosen by the host city. Winter and Summer Games are both held similar to the Olympics as well.
Women’s semifinal and finals matches are scheduled for July 11-12 and final matches are set for July 12.
Men’s semifinal matches will be played on July 12-13 with final matches wrapping up on July 13.
For more information about the World University Games, click here.