Coppola/Nuss, Sonny/Van Winden, McNamara Twins Among WUBC Pool Winners

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 10th, 2018 | Big West, CCSA, College - Beach, International Volleyball, News, Pac-12

2018 World University Beach Championships

The eight pools titles were awarded on Tuesday and the first elimination round finished setting the table for Wednesday’s second round action. The bottom eight teams also faced off for seeding in the semifinals and loser semifinals for 25th to 32nd place.

The eight pool winners, all of which went 3-0, were:

  • Pool A: Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (USA)
  • Pool B: Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden (USA)
  • Pool C: Maria Belen Carro/Paula Soria (Spain)
  • Pool D: Kaho Sakaguchi/Reika Murakami (Japan)
  • Pool E: Fabienne Geiger/Anja Licka (Switzerland)
  • Pool F: Katja Stam/Pleun Ympa (Netherlands)
  • Pool G: Nicole Laird/Brittany Kendall (Australia)
  • Pool H: Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara (Canada)

Four of the eight title matches were decided in tiebreak. Laird/Kendall were the lone team to win in three sets after dropping the opening stanza, rallying past Taipei’s Tzu-Yi Pan/Ya-Hsuan Yu 16-21, 25-23, 15-8. Also going the distance were Coppola/Nuss, Carro/Soria and Stam/Ympa.

Coppola/Nuss edged Manolina Konstantinou/Zoi Konstantopoulou (Cypress) 21-15, 19-21, 15-11. Carro/Soria moved past Asami Shiba/Satono Ishitsubo (Japan) 21-10, 17-21, 15-10 and Stam/Ympa overcame a set 2 setback vs. Tereza Kotlasova/Daniela Resova (Czech Republic) 21-12, 18-21, 21-19

Round 1 action featured the second and third place teams from each pool, with the winners earning the right to face the Top 8 in Round 2. Two of the eight matches went to tiebreak, with New Zealand’s Bain/McDonald rallying past French pair Ophelia Lusson/Mia Guyot Polverini (17-21, 21-14, 15-13) and Swiss duo Zoe Verge-Depre/Esmee Bobner edging Konstantinou/Konstantopoulou.

Others that moved on to Round 2 were:

  • Asami Shiba/Satono Ishitsubo (Japan)
  • Tereza Kotlasova/Daniela Resova (Czech Republic)
  • Nadine Strauss/Franziska Friedl (Austria)
  • Nicole Dostalova/Anna Komarkova (Czech Republic)
  • Heleene Hollas/Liisa Soomets (Estonia)
  • Lizaveta Chabai/Viktoryia Siakretava (Belarus)

Ahead on Wednesday are the Round 2 matches as well as those to decide 17th to 32nd place in the standings.


2018 World University Beach Championships Day 1

Pool A

Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (USA) def. Manolina Konstantinou/Zoi Konstantopoulou (Cypress) 21-15, 19-21, 15-11

Leonie Klinke/Leonie Kortzinger (Germany) def. Marta Duda/Marta Lodej (Poland) 21-12, 18-21, 15-13


Pool B

Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden (USA) def. Ophelie Lusson/Mia Guyot Polverini (France) 21-16, 21-14

Julika Hoffmann/Lisa-Sophie Kotzan (Germany) def. Alise Pastare/Ruta Treija (Latvia) 12-21, 21-12, 15-9


Pool C

Maria Belen Carro/Paula Soria (Spain) def. Asami Shiba/Satono Ishitsubo (Japan) 21-10, 17-21, 15-10

Lizaveta Chabai/Viktoryia Siakretava (Belarus) def. Manuela Carreno/Valentina Rodriguez (Chile) 21-15, 21-14


Pool D

Kaho Sakaguchi/Reika Murakami (Japan) def. Alice Bain/Olivia MacDonald (New Zealand) 21-17, 21-16

Live Johanne Lunde/Margrethe Skjelbred (Norway) def. Cecilia Peralta/Maria Eugenia Tuliz (Argentina) 21-18, 21-14


Pool E

Nadine Strauss/Franziska Friedl (Austria) def. Eliza Chong/Lau Ee Shan (Singapore) 21-17, 21-17

Fabienne Geiger/Anja Licka (Switzerland) def. Kasuri Lankeshwara/Nureka Thennakoon (Sri Lanka) 21-6, 21-10


Pool F

Katja Stam/Pleun Ympa (Netherlands) def. Tereza Kotlasova/Daniela Resova (Czech Republic) 21-12, 18-21, 21-19

Sunniva Helland-Hansen/Katinka Krahn (Norway) def. Ziwen Ruan/Jiajun Wang (China) 21-10, 21-16


Pool G

Nicole Laird/Brittany Kendall (Australia) def. Tzu-Yi Pan/Ya-Hsuan Yu (Taipei) 16-21, 25-23, 15-8

Heleene Hollas/Liisa Soomets (Estonia) def. Nika Benedik Bevc/Nika Hrovat (Slovenia) 21-16, 21-11


Pool H

Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara (Canada) def. Zoe Verge-Depre/Esmee Bobner (Switzerland) 21-19, 21-19

Nicole Dostalova/Anna Komarkova (Czech Republic) def. Bejanke Della/Manana Mosia (South Africa) 21-7, 21-7


Round 1

Shiba/Ishitsubo (Japan) def. Hoffmann/Kotzan (Germany) 21-14, 21-17

Kotlasova/Resova (Czech Republic) def. Lunde/Skjelred (Norway) 21-14, 21-14

Strauss/Friedl (Austria) def. Helland-Hansen/Krahn (Norway) 21-11, 21-17

Verge-Depre/Bobner (Switzerland) def. Konstantinou/Kostantopoulou (Cypress) 19-21, 21-16, 15-9

Dostalova/Komarkova (Czech Republic) def. Pan/Yu (Taipei) 23-21, 21-16

Bain/MacDonald (New Zealand) def. Lusson/Guyot Polverini (France) 17-21, 21-14, 15-13

Hollas/Soomets (Estonia) def. Chong/Lau (Singapore) 21-17, 21-12

Chabai/Siakretava (Belarus) def. Klinke/Kortzinger (Germany) – Injury


Quarterfinals  for places 25 to 32)

Duda/Lodej (Poland) def. Kasuri/Nureka (Sri Lanka) 21-9, 21-10

Peralta/Tuliz (Argentina) def. Carreno/Rodriguez (Chile) 21-13, 21-12

Ruan/Wang (China) def. Della/Mosia (South Africa) 21-12, 21-13

Pastare/Treija (Latvia) def. Benedik Bevc/Hrovat (Slovenia) 21-15, 21-15

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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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