DELA BEACH OPEN
- FIVB Four-Star
- Jan. 2-7, 2018
- The Hague, Netherlands
Morning action at the DELA Beach Open saw the women’s field cut from 16 to eight during the second elimination round.
Teams advancing to the third round were: Brazilians Maria Antonelli/Carol Salgado and Barbara/Fernanda, Germany’s Sandra Ittlinger and Kim Behrens, Swiss duo Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli, Czech pairs Kristyna Kolocova/Michala Kvapilova and Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova, Finland’s Riikka Lehtonen/Niina Ahtianinen, and Americans Alix Klineman and April Ross.
All eight matches were finished in straight sets. The closest match of the round came as Barbara/Fernanda edged past Americans Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes 22-20, 21-19.
Four other matches feature one set won by the minimum two-point spread.
The women’s semifinals begin at 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. ET Saturday. The bronze medal match is slated for 4:15 a.m. Sunday with the gold medal match to follow at 5:30 a.m. All four matches are slated to be streamed live on the FIVB YouTube channel.
Elimination Round 2
Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli (Switzerland) def. Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa (Brazil) 22-20, 21-16
Maria Antonelli/Carol Salgado (Brazil) def. Kinga Koloinska/Katarzyna Kociolek (Poland) 21-16, 21-8
Sandra Ittlinger/Kim Behrens (Germany) def. Megumi Murakami/Miki Ishii (Japan) 21-16, 21-16
Kristyna Kolocova/Michala Kvapilova (Czech Republic) def. Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch (Germany) 22-20, 21-11
Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (Czech Republic) def. Katharina Schutzenhofer/Lena Pelsiutschnig (Austria) 21-19, 21-15
Riikka Lehtonen/Niina Ahtianinen (Finland) def. Joy Stubbe/Marleen Ramond-van Iersel (Netherlands) 21-18, 21-14
Barbara Seixas De Freitas/Fernanda Alves (Brazil) def. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USA) 22-20, 21-19
Alix Klineman/April Ross (USA) def. Nadezda Makroguzova/Svetlana Kholomina (Russia) 23-21, 21-13