|Kerri Walsh receives the ball as Nicole Branagh gets ready to make a play|
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 21, 2018) – While many American beach volleyball teams competed at the AVP event in Austin, Texas, over the weekend, six teams traveled to Itapema, Brazil for the FIVB World Tour four-star event.
Olympians Nicole Branagh and Kerri Walsh Jennings had the best finish of all the teams as they tied for ninth after losing to Brazil’s Carolina Solberg Salgado and Maria Antonelli in the second round (21-18, 21-15).
Summer Ross and Sara Hughes tied for 17th after losing to Spain’s Liliana Fernandez and Elsa Baquerizo in the first round (21-16, 25-23).
The U.S. women’s teams of Brittany Hochevar/Kelly Claes, Emily Day/Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman did not advance from pool play.
The men’s team of Reid Priddy and Jeremy Casebeer did not advance from qualifying.
The top seeds at the AVP event in Austin, Texas lived up to their billing as Alix Klineman and April Ross won the women’s event and Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena took the men’s title.
In the women’s final, Klineman and Ross defeated the new pair of Lauren Fendrick and Sarah Sponcil, 24-22. 25-23. Lane Carico/Karolina Marciniak tied for third with Karissa Cook/Katie Spieler.
In the men’s final Dalhausser and Lucena beat Taylor Crabb and Tim Bomgren, 21-14, 21-14. Crabb is playing with Bomgren while Jake Gibb recovers from a broken toe.
Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick tied for third with Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy, who apparently raced back from Brazil to compete.
Aurora Davis and Bree Scarbrough are scheduled to compete in the FIVB one-star Miguel Pereira event in Brazil on May 24-27.
Six U.S. teams are schedule to compete at the FIVB two-star event on May 28-June 3 in Jinjiang, China. For the women, Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock, Caitlin Ledoux/Kendra VanZwieten, Scarbrough/Davis and Lindsey Fuller/Kaley Melville. For the men, Trevor Crabb/John Mayer and Eric Zaun/Troy Field.
The next AVP event is June 7-10 in New York City.