Four Beach Teams Advance in The Hague

By Kristina Harter | June 13, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

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Four Beach Teams Advance in The Hague

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 13, 2013) – Four U.S. beach volleyball teams advanced to playoffs after the second day of the main draw at the FIVB Transavia The Hague Grand Slam event that started Tuesday and continues through June 16 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Newbury Park, Calif.), seeded No. 5, won Pool E breezing past Latvia’s No. 21 Martins Plavins and Janis Peda (21-14, 21-11 in 31 minutes). They later battled with Italy’s No. 12 Nicolai Paolo and Daniele Lupo for a three-set win (19-21, 21-13, 15-8 in 47 minutes).

On Wednesday, Gibb and Patterson also defeated Canada’s No. 28 Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk (31-29, 21-15 in 44 minutes) to go undefeated in pool play.

The No. 3 seeded Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) also moved on to playoffs after going 1-1 in Pool C on the second day of pool play. The pair defeated Australia’s No. 19 Isaac Kapa and Christopher McHugh in two sets (26-24, 21-9 in 40 minutes) before losing to Kazakhstan’s No. 14 Alexey Sidorenko and Alexandr Dyachenko (22-20, 21-16 in 34 minutes).

On Wednesday, Dalhausser and Rosenthal defeated Netherlands’ No. 30 Michiel van Dorsten and Steven van de Velde.

In the women’s bracket, Jennifer Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) also have not dropped a match and won Pool B topping Germany’s No. 15 Karla Borger and Britta Büthe (17-21, 21-18, 15-10) on the second day of pool play.

On Wednesday, Kessy and Ross defeated the Dutch No. 31 seeded Laura Bloem and Rimke Braakman (14-21, 21-17, 15-10 in 43 minutes) along with Switzerland’s No. 18 seeded Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré (21-17, 21-16 in 33 minutes) .

Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.), seeded No. 17, grabbed their second Pool A win over Greece’s No. 32 seeded Vasiliki Arvaniti and Panagiota Karagkouni (21-19, 21-14) to advance to playoffs.

On Wednesday, Fendrick and Hochevar defeated Australia’s No. 16 Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy (21-12, 21-15 in 37 minutes) and lost a heart-breaking three-set match to No. 1 seeded Netherlands team of Sanne Keizer and Marleen Van Iersel (21-18, 20-22, 15-13 in 53 minutes).

After falling to the Netherlands’ No. 28 Jolien Sinnema and Michelle Stiekema in two sets (21-17, 25-23, Jennifer Fopma (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Fort Myers, Fla.) failed to advance out of pool play. On Wednesday, the team defeated Russia’s No. 28 Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina Khomyakova (15-21, 21-18, 15-12 in 48 minutes) and lost to Germany’s No. 12 seeded Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst (25-23, 30-28 in 49 minutes) in a tightly contested match.

Todd Rogers (Santa Barbara, Calif.) and Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.), seeded No. 16, were also sent home after going 0-3 in Pool A. The pair fell to Poland’s No. 32 Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak (21-13, 21-16, 15-8 in 49 minutes) and Netherlands’ No. 1 Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil (21-12, 21-14 in 29 minutes). On Wednesday, Rogers and Doherty lost to Germany’s No. 17 Sebastian Fuchs and Thomas Kaczmarek (21-9, 17- 21, 18-16 in 50 minutes).

For playoffs on Friday, Fendrick and Hochevar match up with Netherland’s No. 26 seeded JatineVan der Vlist and Marloes Wesselink, while Kessy and Ross play the winner of the match between Brazil’s Agatha Antonelli (No. 7) and Germany’s Köhler Schumacher (No. 24).

For the men’s playoffs, Dalhausser and Rosenthal will play No. 26 seeded Philip Gabathuler and Jonas Weingart of Switzerland, while Gibb and Patterson face the winner of the match between Netherland’s No. 15 Daan Spijkers and Christiaan Varenhorst and Brazil’s No. 9 seeded Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and Alvaro Morais Filho.

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.