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USA off to a hot start at 2017 FIVB Beach World Championships

By Corinne Calabro | July 31, 2017, 1:40 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Eight American beach volleyball teams are competing for a $60,000 first-place prize at the 2017 FIVB Beach World Championships from Vienna, Austria.

The United States sent the maximum four women's and four men's teams to the 2017 FIVB Beach World Championships, which are being held on the Danube River in Vienna. Teams are competing at the 10-day tournament, with pool play entering its fourth day of action on Monday, July 31.

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The U.S. started the World Champs with a 3-0 record after three women's teams earned victories on July 28. Since then, the USA has only dropped three matches in 17 played among the eight teams.

Olympians Lauren Fendrick and April Ross became the first team to lock up a win of their pool, following their 2-0 victory against Australia on Monday morning that gave them a 3-0 record to start. Ross said after the victory, "We want to put ourselves in the best possible position to go the farthest we can in this tournament."

In men's pool play, Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena faced off against compatriots John Hyden/Ryan Doherty in their opening match. Dalhausser/Lucena won the three-set thriller, 17-21, 21-18, 16-14 on July 29.

Women's pool play concludes on Tuesday, Aug. 1, and the Round of 32 single elimination bracket will then start. Men's pool play goes through Aug. 2, when their Round of 32 starts, plus the Women's Round of 16, all on Wednesday.

Matches are live streaming free through the Swatch Major Series Beachstream, and you can view replays and exclusive FIVB content on the FIVB Youtube.

Team USA records as of completion of U.S. matches on July 31:
Lauren Fendrick/April Ross, 3-0
Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross, 2-0
Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes, 2-1
Emily Day/Nicole Branagh, 1-1
Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, 2-0
Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb, 2-0
Casey Patterson/Theo Brunner, 2-0
John Hyden/Ryan Doherty, 1-1

2017 FIVB Beach World Championships roster 
Athletes        Coach   Entry
Brooke Sweat    Summer Ross       Main Draw
Lauren Fendrick   April Ross   Jon Daze    Main Draw
Kelly Claes    Sara Hughes   Jose Loiola    Main Draw
Emily Day    Nicole Branagh   Marcio Sicoli    Main Draw
             
Phil Dalhausser 
Nick Lucena   Jason Lochhead   Main Draw
Casey Patterson    Theo Brunner   Rich Lambourne   Main Draw
Jake Gibb   Taylor Crabb   Marcio Sicoli    Main Draw
John Hyden   Ryan Doherty   Ty Tramblie    Main Draw
         
Staff         
Sean Scott    Team Lead/Video      
Aimee Miyazawa    USAV Beach Head Athletic Trainer      
Anthony Darmiento    USAV Strength and Conditioning      
Kevin Pierce    Sports Medicine, DC DACBSP      
Elmo Agatep    Team Doctor, M.D.      
Tyler Widdison    Scout      

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July 28-Aug. 6 FIVB Beach World Championships
July 31-Aug. 2 USA Junior Beach Championships
Aug. 17-20 AVP Manhattan Beach
Aug. 22-27 FIVB World Tour Finals
Aug. 31 – Sept. 3 AVP Chicago

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