American Collegians Sonny/Van Winden Advance to Porec Main Draw

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 05th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

Porec One Star

Americans Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden are through to the main draw at the Porec One Star after registering a pair of victories in qualifying on Thursday.

The collegians – who each completed their sophomore seasons at Cal Poly this spring – edged Italy’s Alice Gradini/Claudia Puccinelli in tiebreak (21-17, 20-22, 15-13) and Hungary’s Dorottya Szabo/Dominika Hafra (21-13, 21-15) in their first ever FIVB World Tour event.

Also moving on to the main draw are:

  • Dorina Klinger/Ronja Klinger (Austria)
  • Anja Dorfler/Stephanie Wiesmeyr (Austria)
  • Nicole Dostalova/Anna Komarkova (Czech Republic)

Next up for the American pair is a 4:10 a.m. ET match in Pool C with Inna Makhno/Iryna Makhno of Ukraine.

Just one of the four second round matches went the distance, with Dorfler/Wiesmeyr holding on to top Dutch duo Emma Piersma/Julia Wouters 21-17, 17-21, 18-16.

In men’s action, the 14-team qualifying field was cut to four that moved on to Friday’s main draw.

Americans Adam Wienckowski/Jonathan Justice won their opening round match over Canada’s Dallas Keith/Jasmin Cull (21-11, 21-18) but were ousted from the competition in a 22-20, 21-13 decision to Austria’s Simon Baldauf/Alexander Huber.

Joining Baldauf/Huber in the main draw are:

  • David Lenc/Patrik Manas (Czech Republic)
  • Sadegh Mohajer/Kjetil Tellnes (Norway)
  • Gasper Plahutnik/Sergej Drobnic (Slovenia)

Two of the 10 men’s qualifying matches went to tiebreak, with Lenc/Manas earning their spot in the main draw with a 24-22, 20-22, 15-12 win over Serbia’s Djordje Klasnic/Marko Plavsic.

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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