2018 World University Beach Championships
Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss of LSU and Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden of Cal Poly went 2-0 to open the World University Beach Championships representing the United States, while UCLA stars Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara also won two matches representing Canada.
Coppola/Nuss, which went 30-7 on Court 1 for the Tigers and won the USA Beach Collegiate Championship, opened the day with a tiebreak win over Leonie Klinke/Leonie Kortzinger of Germany (21-17, 16-21, 15-11) and added 21-14, 21-17 sweep of Marta Duda/Marta Lodej of Poland in Pool A action.
Sonny/Van Winden, who are fresh off seven wins and the gold medal at the FIVB Porec One Star and finished third at the USA Beach Championships, won in straight sets against Latvia’s Alise Pastare/Ruta Treija and Julika Hoffman/Lisa-Sophie Kotzan of Germany to sit atop Pool B.
The McNamara twins, who were VolleyMob Court 1 All-Americans in 2018, walked over Czech duo Nicole Dostalova/Anna Komarkova and South Africa’s Bejanke Della/Manana Mosia in Pool H.
- Pool C: Spain’s Maria Carro/Paula Soria went 2-0 with straight set wins.
- Pool D: New Zealand’s Alice Bain/Olivia MacDonald and Japan’s Kaho Sakaguchi/Reika Murakami are 2-0 after the opening day matches.
- Pool E: Switzerland’s Fabienne Geiger/Anja Licka are in the driver’s seat after a tiebreak win over Singapore’s Eliza Chong/Lau Ee Shan and a 21-19, 21-19 squeaker over Sri Lanka’s Kasuri Lankeshwara/Nureka Thennakoon.
- Pool F: Dutch duo Katja Stam/Pleun Ypma and Czech pair Tereza Kotlasova/Daniela Resova notched a pair of sweeps.
- Pool G: Australia’s Nicole Laird/Brittany Kendall sit atop Pool G after besting Slovenia’s Nika Benedik Bevc/Nika Hrovat and edging past Estonia’s Heleene Hollas/Liisa Soomets in tiebreak (17-21, 21-18, 15-12).
2018 World University Beach Championships Day 1
Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (USA) def. Leonie Klinke/Leonie Kortzinger (Germany) 21-17, 15-21, 15-11
Manolina Konstantinou/Zoi Konstantopoulou (Cypress) def. Marta Duda/Marta Lodej (Poland) 21-10, 19-21, 15-13
Konstantinou/Konstantopoulou def. Klinke/Kortzinger 25-23, 17-21, 15-13
Coppola/Nuss def. Duda/Lodej 21-14, 21-17
Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden (USA) def. Alise Pastare/Ruta Treija (Latvia) 21-16, 23-21
Julika Hoffmann/Lisa-Sophie Kotzan (Germany) def. Ophelie Lusson/Mia Guyot Polverini (France) 21-16, 21-14
Sonny/Van Winden def. Hoffmann/Kotzan 21-16, 21-8
Lusson/Guyot Polverini def. Pastare/Treija 23-21, 21-15
Maria Belen Carro/Paula Soria (Spain) def. Manuela Carreno/Valentina Rodriguez (Chile) 21-5, 21-5
Lizaveta Chabai/Viktoryia Siakretava (Belarus) def. Asami Shiba/Satono Ishitsubo (Japan) 21-19, 13-21, 15-11
Carro/Soria def. Chabai/Siakrateva 21-15, 21-19
Shiba/Ishitsubo def. Carreno/Rodriguez 21-9, 21-7
Kaho Sakaguchi/Reika Murakami (Japan) def. Live Johanne Lunde/Margrethe Skjelbred (Norway) 21-12, 21-14
Alice Bain/Olivia MacDonald (New Zealand) def. Cecilia Peralta/Maria Eugenia Tuliz (Argentina) 21-16, 21-11
Sakaguchi/Murakami def. Peralta/Tuliz 21-17, 21-16
Bain/MacDonald def. Lunde/Skjelbred 21-18, 21-17
Nadine Strauss/Franziska Friedl (Austria) def. Kasuri Lankeshwara/Nureka Thennakoon (Sri Lanka) 21-6, 21-11
Fabienne Geiger/Anja Licka (Switzerland) def. Eliza Chong/Lau Ee Shan (Singapore) 21-14, 18-21, 15-9
Geiger/Licka def. Strauss/Friedl 21-19, 21-19
Chong/Lau def. Kasuri/Nureka 21-16, 21-12
Tereza Kotlasova/Daniela Resova (Czech Republic) def. Ziwen Ruan/Jiajun Wang (China) 21-13, 21-9
Katja Stam/Pleun Ympa (Netherlands) def. Sunniva Helland-Hansen/Katinka Krahn (Norway) 21-16, 21-11
Kotlasova/Resova def. Helland-Hansen/Krahn 21-14, 21-18
Stam/Ympa def. Ruan/Wang 21-18, 21-13
Heleene Hollas/Liisa Soomets (Estonia) def. Tzu-Yi Pan/Ya-Hsuan Yu (Taipei) 21-15, 21-19
Nicole Laird/Brittany Kendall (Australia) def. Nika Benedik Bevc/Nika Hrovat (Slovenia) 21-10, 21-9
Pan/Yu def. Benedik Bevc/Hrovat 21-17, 21-13
Laird/Kendall def. Hollas/Soomets 17-21, 21-18, 15-12
Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara (Canada) def. Nicole Dostalova/Anna Komarkova (Czech Republic) 21-17, 21-16
Zoe Verge-Depre/Esmee Bobner (Switzerland) def. Bejanke Della/Manana Mosia (South Africa) 21-11, 21-13
McNamara/McNamara def. Della/Mosia 21-5, 21-3
Dostalova/Komarkova def. Verge-Depre/Bobnet 21-19, 17-21, 15-11