Five American Women’s Pairs Among Vienna Majors Final 16

  0 Wendy Mayer | August 02nd, 2018 | FIVB Majors Series, FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

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American pairs Alix Klineman/April Ross, Sara Hughes/Summer Ross and Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman each won in the first elimination round at the Vienna Majors on Thursday to advance in the tournament.

The duos were among eight teams, including two German pairs, to move on to the Round of 16. All told, five American women’s teams are among the 16 remaining. Three Brazilians also are still in the running.

Larsen/Stockman, who began the tournament in the qualifying rounds, came from behind to top Swiss pair Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli (18-21, 21-12, 15-12). The team will now face fellow Americans No. 13 Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar on Saturday.

No. 6 Klineman/Ross also will be part of an All-American Round of 16 match, earning a spot against qualifiers Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil, with a sweep of Finland’s Taru Lahti-Liukkonen/Anniina Parkkinen (21-14, 21-15).

No. 14 Hughes/Ross cruised past Czech duo Kristyna Kolocova/Michala Kvapilova (21-19, 21-13) and will face No. 31 see Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth in the next round.

Finishing out the first knockout round winners were:

Makroguzova/Kholomina knocked out No. 1 overall seed Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan in straight sets (21-16, 21-19)

Hermannova/Slukova held on for a tiebreak win over No. 5 Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude of Germany (22-20, 19-21, 15-12), while Bieneck/Schneider rallied past youngsters Anastasija Kravcenoka/Tina Graudina of Latvia (19-21, 21-16, 15-13).

Humana-Paredes/Pavan and Laboureur/Sude are the latest Top 10 seeds to be knocked out of the competition following No. 2 Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson of Canada and No. 8 Katharina Schutzenhofer/Lena Plesiutschnig of Austria, who were eliminated in pool play.

The women’s bracket is below.

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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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