U.S. Beach Teams Advance in Moscow
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 13, 2014) – The U.S. men’s and women’s beach teams continue to shine at the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam following the completion of pool play. Four men’s teams and three women’s teams have advanced out of pool play in the first round knock-out stage.
Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) opened the final day of pool play defeating Italy’s No. 17 Andrea Tomatis and Alex Ranghieri, 21-13, 21-16 in 35 minutes. The American duo later went on to defeat Canada’s No. 16 Chaim Schalk and Ben Saxton, 23-21, 21-15. With a 3-0 Pool A record, Dalhausser/Rosenthal will have a first-round bye and take on the winner of the match between USA’s No. 11 Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson and Australia’s No. 15 Isaac Kapa and Christopher McHugh on Saturday.
Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.) finished 1-1 on the final day of pool play to end Pool F 2-1. They defeated China’s No. 27 Cheng Chen and Jian Li, 21-19, 17-21, 20-18, and later lost to Spain’s No. 6 Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira, 21-17, 18-21, 15-11. They are set to face Australia’s No. 25 Isaac Kapa and Christopher McHugh in the first round of the main draw on Saturday.
Fellow Americans’ Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii) and John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) also went 1-1 on the day after losing to Brazil’s No. 13 Bruno Oscar Schmidt and Alison Cerutti, 15-21, 21-15, 18-16, and beating Germany’s No. 20 Markus Bockermann and Mischa Urbatzka, 21-19, 12-21, 13-15. The pair finished Pool D with a 1-2 record and will square off against Germany’s No. 21 Alexandr Walkenhorst and Stefan Windscheif on Saturday.
The U.S. team of Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.) and Nicholas Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) split on the final day of pool play to end Pool H with a 1-2 record. The pair dropped their first match to Brazil’s No. 8 Emanuel Rego and Pedro Solberg Salgado, 21-18, 21-13, and went on to beat Latvina’s No. 25 Martins Plavins and Aleksandrs Solovejs, 16-21, 25-23, 15-6. Doherty/Lucena will face Poland’s No. 18 Michal Kadziola and Jakub Szalankiewicz on Saturday.
On the women’s side, No. 2 Kerri Walsh Jennings (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) swept Pool B with a 3-0 record. They beat No. 15 Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth 21-18, 21-10 on Friday. The American duo will have a first-round bye and take on the winner of the all-USA match of No. 19 Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) and Jennifer Fopma (Costa Mesa, Calif.) versus No. 11 Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) on Saturday.
Pavlik and Fopma defeated Italy’s No. 30 Daniela Gioria and Laura Giombini 21-19, 18-21, 16-14 in 48 minutes. The duo, which was 2-1 in Pool C, will face Fendrick and Sweat in the first round of the main draw on Saturday. Fendrick and Sweat finished the second day of pool play losing to Germany’s No. 6 Karla Borger and Britta Buthe, 21-16, 21-12. The U.S. pair finished 1-2 in Pool F.
The U.S. team of Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Brittany Hochevar (Hermosa Beach, Calif.), ranked No. 21, lost to Netherland’s No. 28 Rimke Braakman and Jantine Van der Vilst 21-21, 21-19 to end Pool E 0-3. Fellow Americans’ Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) lost to Canada’s No. 25 Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan 21-18, 21-18 to end Pool H 0-3. Both duos did not qualify for the remainder of the tournament.
After the men’s and women’s first three rounds of knock-out stages are played Saturday, the medal-round matches will begin on Sunday.