COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 18, 2014) – The U.S. beach volleyball team of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross went 2-0 in pool play on Wednesday in the Berlin smart Grand Slam in Berlin, Germany.
Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, Calif.) and Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.), seeded No. 2 in the main draw, opened pool play with a victory over Poland’s No. 31 Monika Brzostek and Kinga Kolosinska, 21-12, 25-23. They later won by default after a forfeit by fellow American’s No. 18 Jennifer Fopma and Whitney Pavlik.
Fopma (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.), seeded No. 18, suffered an injury in their first match versus Australia’s No. 15 Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy and were forced to forfeit the match. They later had to forfeit their match to USA’s Ross and Walsh.
The U.S. beach team of Brooke Sweat (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) and Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) defeated Germany’s No. 22 Victoria Bierneck and Julia Grobner, 21-19, 21-19, and later fell to Argentina’s No. 27 Ana Gallay and Georgina Klug, 21-18, 21-17.
Fellow U.S. beach team of Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.), seeded No. 10, went 1-1 on Wednesday. Ross and Day opened the day falling to Canada’s No. 23 Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan, 21-17, 25-23, followed by defeating Germany’s No. 26 Teresa Mersmann and Isabel Schneider, 21-15, 21-19, 15-13.
On the men’s side, the team of Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.) and Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) qualified for the main draw after a first-round bye and defeating Argentina’s No. 19 Julian Amado Azaad and Pablo Bianchi, 21-19, 21-18. Fellow USA duo of John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii) also qualified for the main draw after a first round bye and defeating Qatar’s No. 10 Tiago De J Santos and Jefferson Santos Pereira, 21-18, 21-14. They join two fellow American teams in the main draw on Thursday: Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) as well as Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.).