U.S. Beach Teams Strong in Moscow

By Jessica Hall | June 12, 2014, 6:14 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 12, 2014) – The U.S. men’s beach volleyball teams of top-seeded Phil Dalhausser/Sean Rosenthal and No. 11 Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson wrapped up the first day of FIVB Moscow Grand Slam’s main draw day with 1-0 records.

Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.), opened the tournament defeating Russia’s No. 32 Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin, 21-13, 21-17 in 33 minutes. They will face Italy’s No. 17 Andrea Tomatis and Alex Ranghieri and Canada’s No.16 Chaim Schalk and Ben Saxton on Friday.

Seeded No. 11, Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.) completed day one of pool play defeating Kazakhstan’s No. 22 Alexey Sidorenko and Alexandr Dyachenko, 21-17, 21-19 in 39 minutes.  They will match up against China’s No. 27 Cheng Chen and Jian Li CH and Spain’s No. 6 Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira on Friday.

The U.S. team of Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii) and John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) dropped their first match of pool play to Netherland’s No. 4 Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen, 19-21, 21-15, 18-16. Hyden/Bourne are set to face Brazil’s No. 13 Bruno Oscar Schmidt and Alison Cerutti, followed by a match versus Germany’s No. 20 Markus Bockermann and Mischa Urbatzka on Friday.

Fellow Americans Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.) and Nicholas Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), seeded No. 24, were defeated by Russia’s No. 9 Konstantin Semenov and Viacheslav Krasilnikov, 21-15, 21-11. Doherty/Lucena will face off against Brazil’s No. 8 Emanuel Rego and Pedro Solberg Salgado followed by a match versus Latvina’s No. 25 Martins Plavins and Aleksandrs Solovejs on Friday.

On the women’s side, No. 2 Kerri Walsh Jennings (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) finished 2-0 on the first day of pool play. They defeated Czech Republic’s No. 31 Martina Bonnerova and Barbora Hermannova, 21-7, 21-9 in 26 minutes. The American duo later defeated Switzerland’s No. 18 Nadine Zumkehr and Joana Heidrich, 21-13, 21-16. Walsh/Ross will compete against Italy’s No. 15 Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth on Friday.

The U.S. team of No. 19 Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Jennifer Fopma (Costa Mesa, Calif.) dropped their first match to China’s No. 14 Chen Xue and Xinyi Xia, 21-15, 21-17, but upset Germany’s No. 3 Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmier, 21-19, 21-19, to finish the day. They are set to face Italy’s No. 30 Daniela Gioria and Laura Giombini on Friday.

Fellow Americans’ No. 11 Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) went 1-1 on the day, dropping their first match to China’s No. 22 Fan Wang and Yuan Yue, 21-19, 21-16, 15-13, and defeating Argentina’s No. 27 Ana Gallay and Gerogina Klug, 21-15, 21-19 in 36 minutes. Fendrick/Sweat will square off against Germany’s No. 6 Karla Borger and Britta Buthe on Friday to complete pool play.

The U.S. team of Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Brittany Hochevar (Hermosa Beach, Calif.), ranked No. 21, lost its first match of the day to Czech Republic’s No. 12 Kristyna Kolocova and Marketa Slukova, 21-16, 21-16. They later lost to Brazil’s No. 5 Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas De Freitas, 21-14, 21-16. Carico/Hochevar will play Netherland’s No. 28 Rimke Braakman and Jantine Van der Vlist on Friday.

Fellow U.S. team of Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) also went 0-2 on the day, losing to Russia’s No. 9 Evgenia Ukolova and Maria Prokopeva, 17-21, 21-17, 8-15, and losing to Canada’s No. 24 Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas, 18-21, 14-21.

After pool play concludes on Friday, the men’s and women’s first three rounds of knock-out stages are set to be played Saturday followed by the medal-round matches on Sunday.