U.S. Beach Teams Advance to Round of 32

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | July 02, 2019, 9:10 p.m. (ET)

Emily Stockman

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 2, 2019)Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman pulled off the big win of the day as pool play was winding down on Tuesday, day 4 of the FIVB Beach World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

All five U.S. women’s beach teams have advanced to the Round of 32, which is the first round of single elimination.

Larsen/Stockman, seeded 15th, upset Brazil’s No. 10 Maria Antonelli/Carolina Solberg Salgado, 24-22, 14-21, 15-9.

Forgetting about a rough second set was key to the win, Stockman said.

“I think that’s definitely the mental side of the game,” Stockman said. “You have to let it go and start fresh, zero-zero.”

At 13-8 in the third set, Stockman made a key dig on Maria Antonelli that proved to be a game-changer.

Larsen added, “I think we made some big defensive plays in the third set. That was a huge one. That gave us a ton of momentum.”

Larsen/Stockman (2-1) finished third in their pool and will play Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink of Netherlands on Wednesday in the Round of 32.

No. 29 Billy Allen/Stafford Slick (2-1) also won on Tuesday, beating Qatar’s No. 44 Tamer Abdelrasou/Assam Ahmed Mahmoud, 21-13, 21-11.

“I think we played really well,” Slick said. “Not just today but this whole tournament, this whole pool; I think we battled really hard. I think we executed the game plans like we wanted to.”

Allen/Slick finished second in their pool and will advance to the Round of 32.

“A mistake would be to change something drastically,” Slick said. “We need to trust what we’ve been doing; our process leading up to matches.”

In other U.S. pool play matches on Tuesday, No. 16 Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil (2-1) fell in a battle to Canada’s No. 9 Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes, 22-24, 21-17, 18-16.

Claes/Sponcil finished second in their pool and will play Germany’s No. 1-seeded Chantal Laboureur/Sandra Ittlinger in the Round of 32.

No. 11 Sara Hughes/Summer Ross (2-1) also finished second in their group after losing to Russia’s No 14 Nadezda Makroguzova/Svetlana Kholomina, 21-16, 21-18. They will play Germany’s No. 34 Laura Ludwig/ Margareta Kozuch on Wednesday.

On the men’s side No. 7 Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb (2-1) fell to Poland’s No. 18 Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak, 21-17, 21-19. Crabb/Gibb finished second in their pool.

“We wanted to serve aggressively so we took their fast offense or their other routes and tried to make them one dimensional,” Crabb said. “But their so good with ball control that even with bad passes or tough serves they can still run those sets.”

Gibb added, “I think we’re in a good place. I feel good going into the tournament now.”

No. 6 Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (1-2) lost to No. 19 Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen, 21-19, 21-16. They finished third in their pool and will have to wait for the end of men’s pool play on Wednesday to find out who they play next.

No. 13 Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb (2-1) placed second in their pool after losing to Germany’s No. 12 Julius Thole/Clemens Wickler, 21-16, 21-17.

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The full 2019 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships schedule is available at nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com.

FIVB World Championships Media Packet

U.S. Teams and Coaches
Women
April Ross/Alix Klineman (Jen Kessy)
Sara Hughes/Summer Ross (Jose Loiola)
Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen (Evie Matthews)
Sarah Sponcil/Kelly Claes (Leandro Pinheiro)
Kerri Walsh Jennings/Brooke Sweat (Marcio Sicoli)

Men
Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (Jason Lochhead)
Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb (Rich Lambourne)
Trevor Crabb/Tri Bourne (Pompilio Mercadantes)
Stafford Slick/Billy Allen (John Mayer)

Support Staff
Athletic Trainer: Mike Martinez
Sports Psychologist: Peter Haberl
Chiropractor: Jen Watters
National Team Coach: Tyler Hildebrand
Team Leader: Sean Scott
Performance Analyst: Tyler Widdison
USOPC Representative: John Crawley
Massage Therapist: Tony Poland

U.S. Schedule for the Beach Volleyball World Championships
(All times PT)

June 28
Dalhausser/Lucena USA def Azaad/Capogrosso ARG, 21-14, 21-13
Alison/Alvaro Filho BRA def Allen/Slick USA, 19-21, 21-15, 15-10
Stubbe/Van Iersel NED def Sweat/Walsh Jennings USA, 21-15, 19-21, 15-9
Kozuch/Ludwig GER def Larsen/Stockman USA, 25-19, 25-15

June 29
Sponcil/Claes USA def Ukolova/Birlova RUS, 21-8, 21-16
Hughes/S Ross USA def Gallay/Pereyra ARG, 21-18, 15-21, 16-14
Gibb/Ta Crabb USA def Vieyto/Cairus URU, 21-17, 21-13
Bourne/Tr Crabb USA vs Salemi/Vakili IRI, 13-21, 21-16, 15-9
Klineman/A Ross USA vs Mendoza/Lolette NCA, 21-8, 21-7

June 30
Sweat/Walsh Jennings USA def Maita/Letendrie MRI, 21-2, 21-2
Sponcil/Claes USA def Yuli/Diana COL, 21-8, 21-9
Klineman/A Ross USA def Xue/Wang CHN, 21-10, 21-11
Allen/Slick USA def Semenov/Leshukov RUS, 13-21, 27-25, 15-12
Gibb/Crabb Ta USA def Hudyakov/Velichko RUS, 21-15, 21-14
Larsen/Stockman USA def Nnoruga/Franco NGR, 21-6, 21-13
Saxton/O'Gorman CAN def Dalhausser/Lucena USA, 21-16, 21-19

July 1
Hughes/S Ross USA def Zeng/Lin CHN, 21-19, 21-13
Bourne/Tr Crabb USA def Kavalo/Ntagengwa RWA, 21-13, 21-9
Clancy/Artacho Del Solar AUS def Sweat/Walsh Jennings USA, 21-19, 24-22
Borger/Sude GER def Klineman/A Ross USA, 21-15, 21-23, 15-10

July 2
Pavan/Melissa CAN def Sponcil/Claes USA, 22-24, 21-17, 18-16
Larsen/Stockman def Maria Antonelli/Carol BRA, 24-22, 14-21, 15-9
Makroguzova/Kholomina RUS def Hughes/S Ross USA, 21-16, 21-18
Allen/Slick USA def Tamer Mahmoud QAT, 21-13, 21-11
Brouwer/Meeuwsen NED def Dalhausser/Lucena, 21-19, 21-15
Kantor/Losiak POL def Gibb/Ta Crabb USA, 21-17, 21-19
Thole/Wickler GER def Bourne/Tr Crabb USA, 21-16, 21-17

July 3

July 4
Men’s Round of 32

July 5
Women’s Quarterfinals
Women’s Semifinals

July 6
Men’s Quarterfinals
Men’s Semifinals
Women’s Bronze and Gold

July 7
Men’s Bronze and Gold