COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 20, 2014) – Three U.S. beach teams have advanced in the rounds of knock-out stages in the FIVB Berlin smart Grand Slam in Berlin, Germany.
No. 2 women’s seeds Kerri Walsh Jennings (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calf.), No. 27 men’s seeds John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii), and No. 24 seeds Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.) and Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) will advance in the knock-out rounds on Saturday.
After a first-round bye, Walsh and Ross defeated Slovakia’s No. 21 Natalia Dubovcova and Dominika Nestarcova, 21-17, 21-13 in 31 minutes. They will face Brazil’s No. 14 Maria Antonelli and Juliana Felisberta Da Silva in round three on Saturday.
Hyden/Bourne and Doherty/Lucena have a first round bye and start round two competition on Saturday. Hyden and Bourne will face Canada’s No. 28 Maverick Hatch and Christian Redmann while Doherty and Lucena square off against Spain’s No. 5 Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira.
Among other U.S. women’s teams competing, No. 11 Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) fell to Brazil’s No. 8 Maria Clara Salgado Rufino and Carolina Solberg Salgado in the first round, 21-18, 21-13. No. 10 Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.) fell to Brazil’s No. 14 Antonelli and Felisberta Da Silva, 21-18, 21-12 in the first round. Both pairs will not advance in the tournament.
In the first round of the men’s bracket, No. 2 Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Calif.) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Calif.) fell to Netherland’s No. 9 Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen, 21-18, 21-18, 15-12. No. 10 Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.) fell to Spain’s No. 5 Herrera and Gavira, 21-19, 25-23. Both American duos will not advance in the tournament.