Men's Beach Teams Qualify in Stavanger

By BJ Evans | June 25, 2014, 9:17 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 25, 2014) – Two U.S. men’s beach teams qualified for the main draw on Wednesday at the FIVB Stavanger Grand Slam while U.S. women’s teams went 6-2 on the first day of pool play.

Summer Ross attacks
  Summer Ross attacks during a match in Stavanger

Ryan Doherty (Toms River, N.J.) and Nick Lucena (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), who won the silver medal last weekend at the Berlin Grand Slam, were No. 1 in qualifying and defeated Argentina’s No. 17 Julian Azaad and Pablo Bianchi, 21-13, 21-15.

John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii), who finished first in Berlin, were seeded No. 3 in the qualification bracket and beat Russia’s No. 14 Serguei Prokopiev and Grigoriy Goncharov, 21-16, 21-17.

Lucena and Doherty are seeded No. 17 and will share Pool A with their top-seeded compatriots Phil Dalhausser (Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Sean Rosenthal (Redondo Beach, Fla.).

Hyden and Bourne are seeded No. 23 in Pool G and Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.) are seeded No. 8 in Pool H.

On the women’s side, the U.S. teams of Kerri Walsh Jennings (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.), seeded No. 1, and Emily Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Summer Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.), seeded No. 13, both went 2-0 in pool play on Wednesday.

Lauren Fendrick (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Brooke Sweat (Fort Myers, Fla.), seeded No. 13, and Jennifer Fopma (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Whitney Pavlik (Laguna Beach, Calif.) seeded No. 27, each finished the day 1-1.

On Thursday, women’s pool play will conclude while the men’s will begin.