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Beach Teams Advance in Sao Paulo

By Jessica Hall | Sept. 25, 2014, 5:51 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 25, 2014) – Four U.S. women’s beach teams advanced out of pool play at the FIVB Sao Paulo Grand Slam in Brazil on Thursday.

Three U.S. men’s beach teams also made it out of pool play, which concluded for both genders on Thursday in Brazil.

Summer Ross attacks
 Summer Ross attacks against Venezuela.

April Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Kerri Walsh Jennings (Saratoga, Calif.), seeded No. 2, finished pool play 3-0 after defeating Germany’s No. 15 Chantal Laboureur and Anni Schumacher, 21-17, 21-9. The duo will have a bye through the first round and take on the winner of the first round match between USA’s Emily Day and Summer Ross and Germany’s No. 6 Karla Borger and Britta Buthe.

Ross and Walsh Jennings have now won 30 consecutive pool play matches on the FIVB World Tour after recently winning the AVP domestic tour with seven for seven gold medals won without losing a set.

Day (Torrance, Calif.) and Ross (Carlsbad, Calif.), seeded No. 16, fell to Brazil’s No. 1 Juliana Felisberta Da Silva and Maria Antonelli, 21-13, 21-14. They will face Germany’s No. 6 Karla Borger and Britta Buthe in the first round on Friday.

Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Kimberly Dicello (San Diego, Calif.), seeded No. 23, fell to Colombia’s No. 26 Andrea Galindo and Claudia Galindo, 21-19, 21-14. The duo will take on Germany’s No. 3 Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler on Friday.

Heather Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) and Brittany Hochevar (Fowler, Colo.), seeded No. 24, fell to Canada’s No. 25 Jamie Lynn Broder and Kristina Valijas, 23-21, 21-18. They will face Canada’s No. 18 Melissa Humana-Paredes and Taylor Pischke in the first round.

On the men’s side, John Hyden (Pensacola, Fla.) and Tri Bourne (Aiea, Hawaii), seeded No. 5, defeated Italy’s No. 21 Paolo Ingrosso and Matteo Ingrosso, 21-15, 25-23, and later defeated Brazil’s No. 12 Vitor Felipe and Evandro Junior, 21-18, 19-21, 15-8.

Jake Gibb (Bountiful, Utah) and Casey Patterson (Van Nuys, Calif.), seeded No. 9, defeated Poland’s No. 25 Maciej Kosiak and Masiej Rudo, 21-19, 21-14, and later defeated Russia’s No. 8 Konstantin Semenov and Viacheslav Krsilnikov, 21-15, 21-15.

Will Montgomery (San Diego, Calif.) and Stafford Slick (Andover, Minn.), seeded No. 20, fell to Latvia’s No. 4 Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins, 21-17, 21-17, and later fell to Brazil’s No. 29 Gustavo Carvalhaes and Allison Francioni, 14-21, 21-17, 15-8.

John Mayer (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Theodore Brunner (Ridgefield, Conn.), seeded No. 27, defeated Netherlands’ No. 11 Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen, 9-21, 21-13, 15-11, and later defeated  Germany’s No. 22 Armin Dollinger and Clemens Wickler, 21-17, 13-21, 15-8.

On Friday, first round of single elimination will begin for both men and women. 

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