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U.S. Beach Teams Set for Main Draw in Berlin

By Jessica Hall | June 17, 2014, 6:21 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 17, 2014) – The U.S. women’s beach team of Jennifer Fopma and Whitney Pavlik qualified for the main draw of the FIVB Berlin Smart Grand Slam, as play began on Tuesday in Berlin, Germany.

Fopma (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) had a bye through the first round of qualification after being seeded second. In the second round, the duo defeated Japan’s No. 15 Takemi Nishibori and Sayaka Mizoe 21-15, 21-17. The main draw is set to begin on Wednesday.

Fopma and Pavlik will join three fellow American teams in the main draw on Wednesday: Kerri Walsh Jennings (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.); Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) along with Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.).

Seeded No. 2, Walsh and Ross will compete in pool B against Poland’s No. 31 Monika Brzostek and Kinga Kolosinska before facing USA’s No. 18 Pavlik and Fopma. Pavlik and Fopma will also compete in pool B and square off against Australia’s No. 15 Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy before facing USA’s No. 2 Ross and Walsh. In pool F, No. 11 Fendrick and Sweat will take on Germany’s No. 22 Victoria Bierneck and Julia Grobner, followed by a match-up with Argentina’s No. 27 Ana Gallay and Georgina Klug. Day and Ross seeded 10, will pair up against Canada’s Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan to start pool G before concluding the first day of group play versus Germany’s No. 26 Teresa Mersmann and Isabel Schneider.

On the men’s side, the two U.S. qualifying teams of John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii) along with Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.) and Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) have byes into the second round, which will begin on Wednesday.