Seven U.S. Beach Teams Qualify for Vegas

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans (bj.evans@usav.org) | Oct. 17, 2018, 8:42 p.m. (ET)
U.S. beach player Jeremy Casebeer attacks as Reid Priddy watches
Jeremy Casebeer attacks as Reid Priddy watches during a match on Wednesday in Las Vegas
 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 17, 2018) – Four U.S. men’s beach teams and three women’s teams have qualified for the FIVB Las Vegas Open presented by p1440 on Wednesday at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

The main draw at the FIVB World Tour four-star event will begin Thursday.

In the only match between U.S. teams, Miles Evans/Bill Kolinske eliminated Avery Drost/Eric Zaun in a battle, 18-21, 21-19, 16-14.

“We just tried to put the pressure on them and make them earn their points,” Evans told the FIVB. “It was about staying confident and playing our game, nothing too crazy. But it’s not easy, it’s win or go home. It’s a really stressful game, I was freaking out the whole time. And they’re good friends and they want just as bad as we do, so it’s a difficult match for sure.”

U.S. Qualifying Results from Wednesday
Women

Betsi Flint/Emily Day def Andrea Galindo/Claudia Galindo (Colombia), 24-22, 21-15
Brittany Howard/Nicole Branagh def Dorina Klinger/Ronja Klinger (Austria), 21-17, 21-18
Sarah Sponcil/Kelly Claes def Kathryn Hogan/Milena Matic (Serbia), 21-12, 21-13

Men
Round 1

Reid Priddy/Jeremy Casebeer def Antonio Burgal/Salvador Pastor (Spain), 21-14, 21-11
Round 2
Trevor Crabb/Tri Bourne def Vasileios Mandilaris/ Angelos Mandilaris (Greece), 21-18, 21-17
Miles Evans/Bill Kolinske (USA) def Avery Drost/Eric Zaun (USA), 18-21, 21-19, 16-14
Sean Rosenthal/Chase Budinger def Aaron Nusbaum/Michael Plantinga (Canada), 21-15, 19-21, 15-13
Reid Priddy/Jeremy Casebeer def Peng Gao/Likejiang Ha (China), 13-21, 27-25, 15-11

Thursday Pool Play Matches (all times PDT)
9 a.m. Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb vs Krou/Rowlandson (France)
9 a.m. Priddy/Casebeer vs Sorum/Mol (Norway)
9:50 a.m. Budinger/Rosenthal vs Brouwer/Meeuwsen (Norway)
9:50 a.m. Tr Crabb/Bourne vs Seidl/Waller (Austria)
9:50 a.m. Doherty/Allen vs O'Gorman/Saxon (Canada)
10:40 a.m. Patterson/Slick vs Guto/Saymon (Brazil)
10:40 a.m. Kolinske/Evans vs Plavins/Toc (Latvia)
11:30 a.m. Summer Ross/Sarah Hughes vs Lin/Zhu (China)
11:30 a.m. Flint/Day vs Liliana Elsa (Spain)
12:20 p.m. Brooke Sweat/Kerri Walsh Jennings vs Stubbe/Van Iersel (Netherlands)
1:10 p.m. Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen vs Sinnema/Bloem (Netherlands)
1:10 p.m. Howard/Branagh vs Makroguzova/Kholomina (Russia)
2 p.m. Sponcil/Claes vs Maria Clara/Elize Maia