COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 24, 2014) – The U.S. beach volleyball team of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross went 2-0 in pool play on Thursday while Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal advanced to the men’s first round at the FIVB Fuzhou Open in China.
|Kerri Walsh Jennings, right, celebrates with April Ross in Fuzhou.|
Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, Calif.) and Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.), seeded No. 4 in the main draw, opened pool play with a victory over their 13th-seeded U.S. teammates Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.), 21-14, 21-14 in 31 minutes. In the afternoon, Walsh Jennings and Ross beat No. 29 Martina Bonnerová and Barbora Hermannová of Czech Republic (21-15, 21-16 in 32 minutes).
On Friday, Walsh Jennings and Ross will face Argentina’s No. 20 Georgina Klug and Ana Gallay.
Hochevar and Carico fell in their second match to Klug and Gallay (21-19, 19-21, 15-10 in 48 minutes) and will need to beat Bonnerová and Hermannová on Friday if they hope to advance.
The U.S. women’s team of Jennifer Fopma (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.), seeded No. 11, went 1-1 on Thursday. Fopma and Pavlik opened the day by defeating Vanuatu’s No. 22 Miller Elwin and Henriette Iatika, 22-20, 21-11 in 31 minutes. In the afternoon, Fopma and Pavlik fell to Switzerland’s No. 27 Tanja Goricanec and Tanja Hüberli, 17-21, 23-21, 15-12 in 56 minutes.
On Friday, Fopma and Pavlik will face Brazil’s No. 6 Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas De Freitas.
In the men’s main draw, No. 2 Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) beat No. 15 Sebastian Chevallier and Alexei Prawdzic of Switzerland, 21-18, 25-23 (48 minutes) in their third Pool B match on Thursday.
"That's good to get another win. It's the first tournament of the year; we're getting better and better," Rosenthal said.
Dalhausser and Rosenthal will face Spain’s No. 21 Francisco Alfredo Marco 2 Christian García on Friday in the first round of single elimination.
The U.S. men’s team of John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii) lost their final pool play match on Thursday to Austria’s No. 22 Tobias Winter and Lorenz Petutschnig (21-15, 13-21, 16-14 in 44 minutes) and did not advance.