Americans Ross/Klineman, Ross/Hughes Among Moscow Final 8

  0 Wendy Mayer | August 10th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

FIVB Moscow Four Star

Two American pairs are among the women’s quarterfinalists at the Moscow Four Star and they are set to play one another on Saturday for a spot in the semifinals.

No. 9 Summer Ross/Sara Hughes began their day with their final pool play match on Friday, topping Ukrainians Valentyna Davidova/Ievgeniia Shchypkova (21-15, 21-14) just to gain a spot in the knockout rounds. In Round 1, the pair rolled over Slovakia’s Andrea Strbova/Natalia Dubovcova (21-12, 21-12) and in Round 2 the team edged past Brazil’s Elize Maia/Maria Clara to make their way to the quarterfinals.

No. 5 April Ross/Alix Klineman had a much easier road after winning Pool E on Thursday, setting up a Round 2 matchup with Brazil’s Ana Patricia/Carol Horta, who the pair defeated 21-18, 21-18.

Rounding out the final eight are:

  • No. 4 Maria Antonelli/Carol Solberg Salgado (Brazil)
  • No. 13 Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli (Switzerland)
  • No. 23 Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth (Italy)
  • No. 2 Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Santos Lisboa (Brazil)
  • No. 3 Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (Germany)
  • No. 8 Nadezda Makroguzova/Svetlana Kholomina (Russia)

Maria Antonelli/Carol will play the Swiss pair, while the Italians will battled Agatha/Duda. The Germans and Russians will matchup in the last quarterfinal.

Four of the eight Round 2 matches went to tiebreak, with Summer/Hughes, Maria Antonelli/Carol, Menegatti/Orsi Toth and Agatha/Duda posting wins. Agatha/Duda downed Americans Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman 18-21, 21-18, 15-6, while Menegatti/Orsi Toth also posted a comeback, overcoming a 21-8 Set 1 loss to win 21-17, 15-13.

Laboureur/Sude took out top seeded Canadians Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes 21-14, 21-14 in Round 2 to claim a spot in the quarterfinals.

Larsen/Stockman were among the eight pairs that advanced to the second knockout round to play the pool winners. The duo defeated Germans Borger/Kozuch 21-17, 21-19 to move on.

Laboureur/Sude also won in Round 1, advancing in tiebreak (19-21, 21-13, 15-13). Finland’s Taru Lahti-Liukkonen/Anniina Parkkinen also won in three sets, taking Russians Mariia Bocharova/Maria Voronina 21-13, 16-21, 15-13.

Betschart/Huberli ousted Russians Ksenia Dabizha/Yulia Abalakina in straight sets (22-20, 21-11).

Team USA pair Betsi Flint/Emily Day was bested by Menegatti/Orsi Toth. 

Germany’s Bieneck/Schneider and Brazil’s Ana Patricia/Carol Horta rounded out the group of Round 1 winners.

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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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