Gustavo Rocha was a volunteer assistant last season with Pepperdine – the team that USC beat for the NCAA title.
In an all-Brazilian match-up, Maria Antonelli and Carolina Solberg came out on top of Elize Maia and Taiana Lima 2-0, (21-9, 21-19).
Belgium’s Dries Koekelkoren and Tom van Walle overcome first set setback to take down Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands 2-1, (17-21, 22-20, 15-8).
Canada’s Sam Pedlow and Sam Schachter sweep through Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo 2-0, (21-19, 21-19).
April Ross and Lauren Fendrick (above) secured a spot in the quarterfinals with a win over Barbora Hermannova and Marketa Slukova of the Czech Republic.
Many players at the competition were asked to pronounce a volleyball term that is used in Austria – Hechtbaggersprung.
Austria’s Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst fought through three sets to take down Casey Patterson and Theo Brunner of the United States 2-1, (18-21, 21-19, 15-10).
2016 Olympic Champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst run through young American’s Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes for 2-0, (21-16, 21-16) victory.
#1 seeded Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes of Brazil take down Switzerland’s Anouk Verge-Depre/Joana Heidrich in straight sets 2-0, (21-19, 21-16).
Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins eliminated the United States Ryan Doherty and John Hyden in a 2-1, (23-21, 18-21, 15-12) win.