U.S. Beach Teams Advance in Berlin

By Jessica Hall | June 19, 2014, 4:46 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 19, 2014) – The U.S. men’s and women’s beach teams continue to shine at the FIVB Berlin smart Grand Slam. Three women’s teams will advance out of pool play in the first round knock-out stage while the men wrap up pool play on Friday.

Kerri Walsh Jennings (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.), seeded No. 2 in the main draw, won their final round robin match against Australia’s No. 15 Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy, 21-15, 21-15, to top the pool. The pair will have a first-round bye and begin round two on Friday.

“You look at the scores and it’s one thing, but it feels different out there. It’s hard,” Ross said in an FIVB release. “It feels like we’re fighting for every point, regardless of what the score is, because the teams are so good.”

Fellow U.S. team of Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) fell to Brazil’s No. 6 Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas De Freitas, 21-18, 21-15. The American duo will face Brazil’s No. 8 Maria Clara Salgado Rufino and Carolina Solberg Salgado in round one on Friday.

The U.S. duo of Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.), seeded No. 10, fell to Netherland’s No. 7 Madelein Meppelink and Marleen Van Iersel, 21-19, 21-11, to complete pool play. The American pair will go against Brazil’s No. 14 Maria Antonelli and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva in round one on Friday.

The U.S. team of Jennifer Fopma (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.), seeded No. 18, fell to Poland’s No. 31 Monika Brzostek and Kinga Kolosinska, 21-12, 21-17, 15-11, and did not qualify for the remainder of the tournament.

On the men’s side, the team of John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii), seeded No. 27, completed day one of pool play 2-0. The pair defeated Russia’s No. 6 Konstantin Semenov and Viacheslav Krasilnikob, 21-18, 21-13, and later went on the beat Brazil’s No. 11 Emanuel Rego and Pedro Solberg Salgado, 21-19, 21-15.

Fellow U.S. team of Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.) and Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) also went 2-0 on day one after defeating Netherland’s No. 9 Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen, 21-16, 21-16, and later beating Brazil’s No. 8 Vitor Goncalves Felipe and Evandro Goncalves Oliveira, 21-15, 21-14, 15-13.

The U.S. team of Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.), seeded No. 10, defeated Poland’s No. 23 Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak, 21-17, 21-11, and later beat Norway’s No. 26 Iver Andreas Horrem and Geir Eithun, 21-16, 21-13, 15-13.

Seeded No. 2, the American duo of Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Calif.) finished day one 1-1 after beating Czech Republic’s No. 31 Premysl Kubala and Jan Hadrava, 21-12, 21-18, in 21 minutes. The pair fell to Netherland’s No. 18 Jon Stiekema and Christiaan Varenhorst, 21-14, 21-14.