Larsen/Stockman Win Three Matches for Spot in Gstaad Main Draw

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 10th, 2018 | FIVB Majors Series, FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

Gstaad Five Star – Beach Major Series

After pulling out of their final two AVP San Francisco matches last weekend due to a rumored injury, Americans Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman seem to have returned to form winning a pair of country quota matches on Monday and one qualification match on Tuesday to claim a spot in the Gstaad Major main draw.

Larsen/Stockman stumbled in their opening set in Gstaad, falling 21-19 to Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock, but rebounded to win four straight set to make their way through the country quota, including a straight set win over Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar.

Once in the qualifiers, the pair received a bye to the second round and promptly ousted Italy’s Agata Zuccarelli/Gaia Traballi 21-17, 21-13 to move on to Wednesday’s main draw.

Seven other teams advanced through the qualifiers to pool play:

Six of the 11 first round qualifying matches went to tiebreak and four of the eight second rounders also went the distance.

No. 22 seed Olimstad/Ulveseth won both of their matches in tiebreak, first rallying past Japan’s Mizoe/Hashimoto 19-21, 21-17, 15-4, then claiming their main draw spot with a 15-21, 21-14, 15-10 win over Argentina’s Ana Gallay/Fernanda Pereyra.

Also advancing to the main draw with three-set victories were: Murakami/Ishii, Futami/Hasegawa and Kolosinska/Kociolek. All three rebounded after falling in the opening stanzas. The most impressive comeback came from Murakami/Ishii, which shook off a 21-8 loss to rally past Latvians Tina Graudina/Anastasija Kravcenoka 21-17, 15-9.


Country Quota – Women – USA

Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman def. Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock 19-21, 21-17, 15-10

Larsen/Stockman def. Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar 21-13, 24-22

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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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