Beach Update: Results from Guam, Doha

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | March 09, 2020, 4:10 p.m. (ET)

U.S. beach volleyball

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 9, 2020) Kim Hildreth/Sarah Schermerhorn took silver and Megan Kraft/Delayne Maple finished fourth on Saturday at the FIVB World Tour 1-star event in Guam.

In the gold-medal match, Hildreth/Schermerhorn fell to Japan’s Chiyo Suzuki/Yurika Sakaguchi, 21-16, 21-12.

In the bronze-medal contest, Kraft/Maple lost to Japan’s Ayumi Shiratori/Suzuka Hashimoto, 21-15, 21-12.

Both teams won qualifying matches to make it into the main draw.

The teams played each other in their second-round pool play match, with Kraft/Maple winning 23-21, 21-18. They met again in the semifinals. This time Hildreth/Schermerhorn won, 21-19, 21-18.

DOHA 4-STAR

Qualifying began on Monday for the FIVB World Tour men’s four-star event in Doha, Qatar. Billy Allen/Stafford Slick defeated England’s Mark Baechli/Mark Garcia-Kidd, 21-12, 21-8 to advance to the main draw where they are seeded 22nd.

Tuesday Main Draw Matchups (all times PDT)
12 a.m. Allen/Slick 🇺🇸 vs Julius Thole/Sven Winter of Germany
2 a.m. Nick Lucena/Phil Dalhausser vs Jasper Bouter/Ruben Penninga of Netherlands
2 a.m. Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb vs Quincy Aye/Arnaud Gauther-Rat of France
3 a.m. Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb vs Josue Gaxiola/Jose Rubio of Mexico

AUSTRALIA

Twelve U.S. teams are scheduled to travel to Australia for the Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast three- star event on March 17-22.

The U.S. women’s teams of Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen, Kerri Walsh Jennings/Brooke Sweat and Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil open their seasons in Australia and are seeded second, third and fourth respectively in the main draw.

Emily Day/Betsi Flint will play Sara Hughes/Lauren Fendrick in a country quota match. Hughes/Fendrick won the FIVB two-star event in Siem Reap, Cambodia in February.

On the men’s side, Lucena/Dalhausser will be the top seeds in the Coolangatta main draw. Slick/Allen are seeded seventh and the new team of Miles Evans/Theo Brunner are seeded 12th.

The new U.S. teams of Bill Kolinske/Michael Boag, Reid Priddy/David Lee and Chaim Schalk/Chase Budinger are scheduled to play country quota matches to get into the qualifying round.

U.S. Roster for FIVB Three-Star in Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast
March 17-22
Women
Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen and Coach Evie Matthews
Kerri Walsh Jennings/Brooke Sweat and Coach João Luciano Kioday
Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil and Coach Jordan Cheng
Lauren Fendrick/Sara Hughes and Coach Jose Loiola

Men
Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena and Coach Jason Lochhead
Billy Allen/Stafford Slick
Chase Budinger/Chaim Schalk
Miles Evans/Theo Brunner
Bill Kolinske/Michael Boag
David Lee/Reid Priddy