Claes/Hughes Win One of Four Three-Setters in First Elimination Round

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


THE HAGUE, Netherlands – In the first elimination round of the DELA Beach Open, teams were unwilling to relent in short fashion as four of the seven matches went to tiebreakers.

Making it through the marathon matches were: Austria’s Katharina Schutzenhofer/Lena Pelsiutschnig, Americans Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes, Poland’s Kinga Kolosinska/Katazyna Kociolek and Germany’s Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch.

Claes and Hughes were the lone pair of the group that bounced back after dropping the opening set, falling 21-15, but rebounding with 21-17 and 15-11 victories to claim their spot in the second knockout round.

Russia’s Nadezda Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina received a gift with a free pass into the next round as their Brazilian foes were forced to withdraw after Elize Maia suffered a knee injury in Friday morning’s pool play round.

Knocked out of contention was top American duo Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross, who fell to Riikka Lehtonen/Niina Ahtianinen in straight sets.

Elimination Round 1

Nadezda Makroguzova/Svetlana Kholomina (Russia) def. Elize Maia/Taiana Lima (Brazil) – Injury for Brazil

Katharina Schutzenhofer/Lena Pelsiutschnig (Austria) def. Taru Lahti-Liukkonen/Anniina Parkkinen (Finland) 23-21, 11-21, 15-12

Riikka Lehtonen/Niina Ahtianinen (Finland) def. Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross (USA) 21-15, 21-19

Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USA) def. Ksenia Dabizha/Yulia Abalakina (Russia) 15-21, 21-17, 15-11

Sandra Ittlinger/Kim Behrens (Germany) def. Tina Graudina/Anastasija Kravcenoka (Latvia) 21-18, 21-14

Kinga Kolosinska/Katarzyna Kociolek (Poland) def. Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink (Netherlands) 21-17, 17-21, 15-12

Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa (Brazil) def. Vrapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee (Thailand) 21-15, 21-16

Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch (Germany) def. Julie Gordon/Sophie Bukovec (Canada) 21-15, 15-21, 15-10

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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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