USA Beach Teams Advance in World Cup Final

By Kristina Harter | May 31, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 31, 2013) – The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of April Ross and Jennifer Kessy claimed a spot in the FIVB World Cup Final championship match with a 2-1 (21-23, 21-17, 16-14 in 58 minutes) semifinal win over Germany’s No. 4 seeded Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler on Friday in Campinas, Brazil.

The U.S. men’s team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson (No. 1 seed in Brazil) bounced back from Thursday’s second-match loss in Friday’s pool play with a 2-0 (21-14, 21-12 in 37 minutes) win over Norway’s No. 6 seeded Gier Eithun and Iver Andreas Horrem.

Later in pool play, third-seeds Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik of Germany outlasted Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.) in a three-set thriller (17-21, 21-17, 20-18 in 62 minutes). However, Gibb and Patterson managed a second-place finish in Pool B to advance to the semifinals.

Despite a close first-set hiccup, Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), seeded No. 2, brought the heat in the next two sets  for a championship match-up with longtime Brazilian rivals Maria Antonelli and Talita Da Rocha Antunes. Top-seeded Antonelli and Da Rocha Antunes claimed a 2-0 victory over Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy of Australia in Friday’s other semifinal.

The battle for the women’s FIVB World Cup Final title is set for Saturday morning.

In the men’s semifinals, Gibb and Patterson will face Latvia’s Pool A winners, Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins (No. 4 seeded) , while third seeds Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik of Germany will match up with Brazil's No. 1 seeds, Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego in the other semifinal match. The men’s FIVB World Cup Final championship match, set for Sunday, will be comprised of the semifinal winners.

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.