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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Play continued from the Sunshine State as the Fort Lauderdale Major completed pool play and moved into the elimination rounds on Thursday.
All five American men's teams advanced into the elimination rounds, Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, Theo Brunner/Casey Patterson, Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb each went 3-0 to sweep their pools. Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross and April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings swept their pools among five U.S. women's teams that advanced.
In the early afternoon Dalhausser and Lucena defeated Russia in two sets to clinch Pool A unscathed. USA's other No. 1 seed, Ross and Walsh Jennings, played two matches on Thursday, the first a 2-0 victory against Finland. The pair returned seven hours later to defeat the resilient Brazilian team Barbara Seixas/Fernanda Alves, 17-21, 21-18, 15-8.
Arguably the best play of the entire tournament came in the third set of Sean Rosenthal and Trevor Crabb's eliminating loss to Spain's Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira in round one. The pair dropped the first set 21-18 and came back with an intense battle in the second before lightning halted play at USA's set point, 20-19. Officials then cleared the stadium until the inclement weather passed some 30 minutes later. Rosenthal and Crabb pushed it to a third set after a Spain miscue, 21-19.
The third frame was an all-out battle with teams trading points through the regulation 15-point mark. Crabb and Rosenthal's amazing play (pictured above) staved off a Spain match point when they trailed 13-11. The U.S. forced Spain into nine ties in extra points, but eventually fell 25-23.
Patterson and Brunner picked up where they left off on Wednesday, moving past their opponents as a cohesive unit on the court. The pair won their pool after defeating their second German team, Bennet Poniewaz/David Poniewaz 21-17, 19-21, 15-13.
Gibb and Taylor Crabb needed three sets to beat Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira of Spain, but with the 21-18, 15-21, 15-13 victory they swept their pool and earned a bye into the second round. Sweat and Summer Ross took advantage of their schedule after playing two matches on Wednesday. They entered Thursday's lone match rested and beat German Olympic gold medalist Kira Walkenhorst and her partner Julia Grossner in 33 minutes, 21-14, 21-13.
After starting an hour behind schedule, Hyden and Doherty came from behind in their first round matchup against Italy's Alex Ranghieri/Marco Caminati, 19-21, 21-12, 15-12.
Records as of Thursday
Dalhausser/Lucena 3-0 pool play; advance to Round 2
Brunner/Patterson 3-0 pool play; advance to Round 2
Gibb/Taylor Crabb 3-0 pool play; advance to Round 2
Hyden/Doherty 2-1 pool play; def Italy Round 1; advance to Round 2
Ross/Walsh Jennings 3-0 pool play; advance to Round 2
Fendrick/Hughes 2-1 pool play; advance to Round 1
Claes/Reeves 2-1 pool play; advance to Round 1
Sweat/S. Ross 3-0 pool play; advance to Round 2
Hochevar/Day 2-1 pool play; advance to Round 1
Rosenthal/Trevor Crabb 2-1 pool play; eliminated in Round 1; t17th
Carico/Pollock 0-3 eliminated in pool play; t25th
|Fort Lauderdale 5-Star Roster|
|April Ross||Kerri Walsh Jennings||Marcio Sicoli||Main Draw|
|Brooke Sweat||Summer Ross||Ty Tramblie||Main Draw|
|Lauren Fendrick||Sara Hughes||Main Draw|
|Lane Carico||Irene Pollock||Jason Lochead||Main Draw Wild Card|
|Brittany Hochevar||Emily Day||Hector Gutierrez||Qualifier|
|Kelly Claes||Kelly Reeves||Qualifier Wild Card|
|Emily Stockman||Kimberly DiCello||Qualifier|
|Phil Dalhausser||Nick Lucena||Paul Baxter||Main Draw|
|John Hyden||Ryan Doherty*||Jon Daze||Main Draw|
|Jake Gibb||Taylor Crabb||Main Draw|
|Casey Patterson||Theo Brunner||Rich Lambourne||Main Draw Wild Card|
|Stafford Slick||Billy Allen||Qualifier|
|Sean Rosenthal||Trevor Crabb||Jeff Alzina||Qualifier Wild Card|
|Phil Noyes||USAV Video Scout|
|Corinne Calabro||USAV Communications|
*Ryan Doherty will play in place of Tri Bourne for this event
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