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USA Battles to Semis of Beach World Cup Final

By Kristina Harter | May 30, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)
Kristina Harter, Communications Intern, Phone: (719) 228-6800, Email: Kristina.harter@usav.org
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 30, 2013) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of April Ross and Jennifer Kessy went undefeated (4-0) to win Pool B on the second day of the FIVB World Cup Final in Campinas, Brazil.

Meanwhile, the U.S. men’s team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson (No. 1 seed in Brazil) were upset by Canada’s No. 7 seeded Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk in a two-set match (21-12, 21-18 in 31 minutes), but is looking to bounce back in pool play on Friday.

Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), seeded No. 2, nipped Russia’s No. 6 seeded Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina Khomyakova in two sets (23-21, 21-19 in 39 minutes) and won their second match by injury forfeit over Italy’s No. 3 seeded Greta Cicolari and Viktoria Orsi Toth on Thursday.

On Day One of the tournament, Ross and Kessy swept Argentina (21-16, 21-19) and Australia (21-16, 21-19).

The semifinals are set for Friday where Ross and Kessy will face Germany’s No. 4 seeded Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler. Brazil’s team of Maria Antonelli and Talita Da Rocha Antunes, seeded No. 1, also went undefeated in pool play and will play Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy of Australia in the other semifinal match. The winners of the semifinal matches will compete for the FIVB World Cup Final title on Saturday.

Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.) defeated South Africa’s No. 10 Leo Williams and Jerome Fredericks in two sets on Wednesday, which puts the U.S. men’s overall tournament record at 1-1.

Friday marks the last day of the men’s pool play where Gibb and Patterson will face Norway’s No. 6 seeded Gier Eithun and Iver Andreas Horrem and No. 3 seeded Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik of Germany.

The FIVB World Cup Final is a double gender event that started in 2010 as part of the Olympic Beach Volleyball qualification system. Now, the $300,000 event will determine the champion country from the Continental Cup, including winners of the respective Continental Cup finals and top-ranked teams from the 2012 Olympic Games.

Prize money of $150,000 per gender will be divided among the winners of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Final. The gold medal teams in each gender will each split $50,000, silver medallists will each receive $35,000 and the bronze medallists in each gender will split $22,500 in prize money. The event represents 16 different countries and is organized by the Brazilian Volleyball Federation.

To view the men’s schedule, click here.

To view the women’s schedule, click here.

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