A silver and bronze for USAV beach in The Netherlands

By Corinne Calabro | Oct. 29, 2017, 7 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – As the beach volleyball schedule winds to a close, two U.S. teams reached the podium over the weekend at the FIVB Aalsmeer 1-Star tournament in The Netherlands.

Bill Kolinske and Miles Evans finished with a career best second-place, and Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen earned their third podium appearance of the year with a bronze medal.

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Starting with a victory in the qualification tournament, Kolinske/Evans went 4-1 at the Aalsmeer 1-Star tournament to earn a silver medal. In the quarterfinal, the pair swept a local Dutch team 21-12, 21-13. They then followed with a closely fought semifinal match against Turkey, winning 15-21, 21-17, 15-13. In the gold medal match, the pair trailed to Italy's Marco Caminati/Enrico Rossi and were unable to catch up, eventually falling 21-18, 21-15.

For Flint and Larsen, the duo earned their first-round match against France 21-19, 21-19. In the quarterfinal, they outlasted fellow Americans, Kimberly DiCello/Emily Stockman, 21-9, 21-17. DiCello/Stockman earned a victory against The Netherlands in the first round before being eliminated and tying for fifth.

In the women's semifinal, Germany's Kim Behrens/Sandra Ittlinger got the best of Flint/Larsen, taking the match 21-17, 16-21, 15-9. The U.S. duo collected themselves for Sunday's medal match, earning bronze with a 25-23, 21-18 defeat of Japan.

There is one remaining FIVB World Tour event in the 2017 calendar year, scheduled in November.

WEEK IN REVIEW
FIVB Aalsmeer 1-Star
- 2nd place: Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans, a career best FIVB finish for both and first FIVB medal for both
- 3rd place: Betsi Flint/Kelley Larsen, their third medal of 2017
- Tied for 5th: Kimberly DiCello/Emily Stockman

FIVB Aalsmeer 1-Star Roster 
Athletes        Coach   Entry
Emily Stockman    Kimberly DiCello   Jennifer Snyder   Main Draw
Betsi Flint    Kelley Larsen       Main Draw
Amanda Dowdy    Irene Pollock       Reserve
             
Miles Evans    Bill Kolinske       Qualification
Eric Zaun    Mark Burik       Reserve

UPCOMING EVENTS | Add to your schedule
Nov. 22-26 FIVB Sydney 2-Star

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