U.S. Beach Teams Begin Tourney in The Hague
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 11, 2013) – Three U.S. women’s beach volleyball teams and three men’s teams are slated to compete in the main draw of the Transavia The Hague Grand Slam event that started Tuesday and continues through June 16 in The Hague, the Netherlands.
| Whitney Pavlik reaches to tip the ball during qualification play
on Wednesday in The Hague.
In men’s action, Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Las Vegas, Nev.), seeded No. 5, have won medals in three straight FIVB beach events (gold at the Shanghai Grand Slam, silver at the Corrientes Grand Slam and the World Cup Final) and will be looking to add to that haul. They will open pool play on June 12 against Canada’s No. 28 Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk.
On Thursday, Gibb and Patterson will play Latvia’s No. 21 Martins Plavins and Janis Peda and finally Italy’s No. 12 Nicolai Paolo and Daniele Lupo.
After some time off, No. 3 Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) will return to the sand and open pool play against Netherlands’ No. 30 Michiel van Dorsten and Steven van de Velde.
On Thursday, Dalhausser and Rosenthal will take on Australia’s No. 19 Isaac Kapa and Christopher McHugh and Kazakhstan’s No. 14 Alexey Sidorenko and Alexandr Dyachenko.
The U.S. team of Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.), seeded No. 16, will begin pool play on Wednesday against Germany’s No. 17 Sebastian Fuchs and Thomas Kaczmarek. On Thursday, they will face Poland’s No. 32 Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak and Netherlands’ No. 1 Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil.
In the women’s bracket, Jennifer Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) jump right back in action in hopes of achieving another medal to go along with their FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Final silver medal which they earned June 1 in Brazil.
On Wednesday, Kessy and Ross will face Switzerland’s No. 18 seeded Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré and the Dutch No. 31 seeded Laura Bloem and Rimke Braakman.
On Thursday, they will complete pool play against Germany’s No. 15 Karla Borger and Britta Büthe.
Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) will team with Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.) while Jennifer Fopma (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Fort Myers, Fla.) will compete together.
Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.), seeded No. 17, will open play against the No. 1 seeded Netherlands team of Sanne Keizer and Marleen Van Iersel along with Australia’s No. 16 Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy.
Jennifer Fopma (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Fort Myers, Fla.), seeded No. 21, match up with Russia’s No. 28 Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina Khomyakova as well as Germany’s No. 12 seeded Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Fopma and Sweat will complete pool play against Netherlands’ No. 28 Jolien Sinnema and Michelle Stiekema.
Two U.S. teams attempted to qualify for the tournament main draw on Tuesday.
Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) lost their second-round qualification match to Brazil’s No. 1 seeded Maria Clara Salgado Rufino and Carolina Solberg Salgado, 21-14, 21-16 in 37 minutes.
Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and John Hyden (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) fell in the second round of men’s qualifying to Spain’s Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira, 21-16, 21-10 in 33 minutes.
The Hague is hosting a FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam for the first time after Open events in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and the European Championships in 2012.