Klineman/Ross Top Walsh Jennings/Claes En Route to Yangzhou Finals

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 13th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

FIVB Yangzhou Four Star

Americans Alix Klineman/April Ross and Brazil’s Ana Patricia Silva Ramos/Rebecca Cavalacanti Barbosa Silva made their way to the Yangzhou Four Star title match with three wins apiece on Saturday.

Klineman/Ross started the day with a Round 2 tiebreak win over fellow Americans Kelly Claes/Kerri Walsh Jennings (19-21, 21-16, 15-11). Next up, the team topped Latvia’s Anastasija Kravcenoka/Tina Graudina (22-20, 21-11) and then outlasted Canadians Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes (21-19, 25-27, 15-11) in the semifinals.

Ana Patricia/Rebecca made their way to the championship match with a trio of sweeps. The pair topped Poland’s Kinga Kolsinska/Katarzyna Kociolek in Round 2 before besting top seeded countrywomen Barbara Seixas de Freitas/Fernanda Alves for the second time at the tournament, following a tiebreak win in the Pool A title match with a sweep in Round 3 (21-15, 21-19). The Brazilians topped Americans Sara Hughes/Summer Ross 21-16, 21-18 in the semifinals.

Ana Patricia/Rebecca are looking for their second straight FIVB tour title, following a gold medal at the Qinzhou Three Star last weekend, while Klineman/Ross are trying for their first FIVB gold since winning the Hague Four Star on Jan. 7. The victor takes home $20,000 while the runnerup will earn $16,000.

Hughes/Ross will face Pavan/Humana-Paredes for the bronze medal and a $10,000 payday. The loser will earn $8000.

Round 2

Ana Patricia/Rebecca (Brazil) def. Kolosinska/Kociolek (Poland) 21-15, 21-17

Barbara/Fernanda (Brazil) def. Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen (USA) 21-19, 21-14

Sara Hughes/Summer Ross (USA) def. Menegatti/Orsi Toth (Italy) 21-16, 21-17

Ukolova/Birlova (Russia) def. Amaranta/Lobato (Spain) 21-19, 21-10

Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes (Canada) def. Maria Clara/Elize Maia (Brazil) 21-15, 21-8

Wang/Xue (China) def. Betschart/Huberli (Switzerland) 21-19, 14-21, 15-12

Alix Klineman/April Ross (USA) def. Kelly Claes/Kerri Walsh Jennings (USA) 19-21, 21-16, 15-11

Kravcenoka/Graudina (Latvia) def. Betsi Flint/Emily Day (USA) 21-15, 17-21, 15-11


Round 3

Ana Patricia/Rebecca def. Barbara/Fernanda 21-15, 21-19

Hughes/Ross def. Ukolova/Birlova 21-19, 21-13

Pavan/Humana-Paredes def. Wang/Xue 21-13, 21-17

Klineman/Ross def. Kravcenoka/Graudina 22-20, 21-11



Ana Patricia/Rebecca def. Hughes/Ross 21-16, 21-18

Klineman/Ross def. Pavan/Humana-Paredes 21-19, 25-27, 15-11

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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 Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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