Americans Fendrick/Branaugh, Claes/Hughes Among 8 Women’s Pool Winners

  0 Wendy Mayer | February 28th, 2018 | FIVB Majors Series, FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach


After three pool play matches in each of the eight pools, eight teams have claimed a spot in the second round of the main draw.

Three of the top five seeds picked up a pair of wins and pool crowns to move on.

Americans Lauren Fendrick/Nicole Branaugh, the No. 1 overall seed won both of their matches in straight sets, as did No. 2 Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan of Canada and No. 4 Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova from the Czech Republic.

Brazilian No. 9 seed Barbara Seixas/Fernanda Alves No. 14 Taliqua Clancy/Mariafe Artacho del Solar from Australia and No. 21 Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch of Germany also won a pair of straight-set affairs.

Americans Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes, the No. 11 seed, bounced back after dropping its opening set against Spain’s Liliana Fernandez Steiner/Elsa Baquerizo McMillan (Spain) to win four straight, including a two-set win over No. 6 seed Tanja Huberli/Nina Betschart of Switzerland.

No. 23 Sandra Ittlinger/Kim Behrens of Germany upset ninth-seeded Brazilians Barbara/Fernanda in three sets, after falling 21-15 in the opening set, then recovered to cap that win and one over No. 26 Joy Stubbe/Marleen Van Iersel from the Netherlands.

Meanwhile, Alix Klineman and April Ross lost their first match as a duo falling to Germany’s Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch.


Women’s Pool Play

Pool A

Lauren Fendrick/Nicole Branaugh (USA) def. Ingrid Lunde/Oda Johanne Ulveseth (Norway) 22-20, 21-16

Taru Lahti-Liukkonen/Anniina Parkkinen (Finland) def. Fan Wang/Xinyi Xia (China) 22-20, 21-16

Fendrick/Branagh (USA) def. Lahti/Parkkinen (Finland) 26-24, 21-13


Pool B

Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada) def. Taylor Pischke/Jamie Lynn Broder (Canada) 21-13, 21-14

Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada) def. Kinga Kolosinska/Katarzyna Kociolek (Poland) 21-13, 21-12

Humana-Paredes/Pavan (Canada) def. Bansley/Wilkerson (Canada) 21-12, 21-17


Pool C

Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (Germany) def. Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day (USA) 21-17, 21-17

Taliqua Clancy/Mariafe Artacho del Solar (Australia) def. Riikka Lehtonen/Niina Ahtiainen (Finland) 21-16, 21-16

Clancy/Artacho del Solar def. Laboureur/Sude 21-17, 21-10


Pool D

Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (Czech Republic) def. Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink (Netherlands) 21-15, 23-21

Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross (USA) def. Taiana Lima/Carol Horta (Brazil) 28-26, 21-19

Hermannova/Slukova (Czech Republic) def. Sweat/Summer (USA) 21-19, 21-17


Pool E

Valentyna Davidova/Ievgennia Shchypkova (Ukraine) def. Maria Antonelli/Carolina Solberg Salgado (Brazil) 18-21, 21-11, 15-10

Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch (Germany) def. April Ross/Alix Klineman (USA) 21-18, 21-17

Borger/Kozuch (Germany) def. Davidova/Shchypkova (Ukraine) 21-15, 21-14


Pool F

Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli (Switzerland) def. Nadezda Makroguzova/Svetlana Kholomina (Russia) 21-19, 21-18

Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USA) def. Liliana Fernandez Steiner/Elsa Baquerizo McMillan (Spain) 19-21, 26-24, 15-13

Claes/Hughes (USA) def. Betschart/Huberli (Switzerland) 21-16, 21-11


Pool G

Joy Stubbe/Marleen Van Iersel (Netherlands) def. Joana Heidrich/Anouk Verge-Depre (Switzerland) def. 15-21, 21-15, 16-14

Kim Behrens/Sandra Ittlinger (Germany) def. Agatha Bednarczuk /Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa (Brazil) 15-21, 22-20, 15-13

Behrens/Ittlinger (Germany) def. Stubbe/Van Iersel (Netherlands) 21-16, 21-12


Pool H

Kristyna Kolocova/Michala Kvapilova (Czech Republic) def. Katharina Schutzenhofer/Lena Plesiutschnig (Austria) 20-22, 21-16, 15-12

Barbara Seixas De Freitas/Fernanda Alves (Brazil) def. Isabel Scheider/Victoria Bieneck (Germany) 21-17, 21-19

Barbara/Fernanda (Brazil) def. Kolocova/Kvapilova (Czech Republic 22-20, 21-9

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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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