Qualifiers Elize Maia/Maria Clara Lead 3 Brazilian Pool Champs

  0 Wendy Mayer | August 10th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

FIVB Moscow Four Star

Women’s action began on Tuesday with a country quota match between Americans Betsi Flint/Emily Day and Sarah Sponcil/Lauren Fendrick. Flint/Day won 21-16, 14-21, 15-12 to clinch a spot in the second qualification round. The duo then dispatched Russia’s Anastasiia Frolova/Aleksandra Ganenko to move on to the main draw.

The other seven teams advancing to the main draw were:

  • Elize Maia/Maria Clara (Brazil)
  • Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth (Italy)
  • Laura Calouri/Dunja Gerson (Switzerland)
  • Jolien Sinnema/Laura Bloem (Netherlands)
  • Angela Lobato/Amaranta Navarro (Spain)
  • Emilie Olimstad/Oda Johanne Ulveseth (Norway)
  • Ekaterina Syrtseva/Aleksandra Moiseeva (Russia)

Syrtseva/Moiseeva had to win to matches in qualifying, both against fellow Russians, first besting Elizaveta Novikova/Elena Fediunova 21-15, 23-21 and then topping Evgenia Ukolova/Ekaterina Birlova 21-18, 19-21, 15-12 to move on. The pair was the lone of six homestanding Russian qualifying squads to advance to the main draw.

Elize Maia/Maria Clara and Olimstad/Ulveseth also went to tiebreak in the second qualifying round. The Brazilians rallied past Poland’s Jagoda Gruszczynska/Aleksandra Gromadowska 17-21, 21-18, 15-6, while the Norwegians came from behind against Lithuania’s Ieva Dumbauskaite/Irina Zobnina 19-21, 21-11, 15-9.

On Thursday, top seeded Canadian Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes returned to form after a disappointing effort in Vienna (17th, losing in Round of 24), despite already having punched their ticket to the World Tour Finals beginning August 15. The pair won the Pool A crown with a pair of sweeps. 

Second seeded Brazilians Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Santos Lisboa followed up a quarterfinal appearance in Vienna with two wins for the Pool B title in Moscow. The pair, which also is warming up for the World Tour Finals, downed Flint/Day (21-19, 21-14) to claim the pool crown. 

The six remaining pool title winners came from five countries:

  • Pool C: No. 30 Elize Maia/Maria Clara Salgado (Brazil)
  • Pool D: No. 4 Maria Antonelli/Carol Solberg Salgado (Brazil)
  • Pool E: No. 5 Alix Klineman/April Ross (USA)
  • Pool F: No. 6 Mariafe Artacho del Solar/Taliqua Clancy (Australia)
  • Pool G: No. 7 Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink (Netherlands)
  • Pool H: No. 8 Nadezda Makroguzova/Svetlana Kholomina (Russia)

Elize Maia/Maria Clara edged past No. 3 seed Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude of Germany (21-16, 21-10, 15-13) in the Pool C opener en route to the title.

Americans Summer Ross/Sara Hughes will be playing for their tournament lives on Friday after dropping their opening Pool H match 21-19, 21-16 to Dutch pair Sinnema/Bloem.

Flint/Day and Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman are through to the knockout rounds. Larsen/Stockman won their opening match before falling to Keizer/Meppelink in the Pool G finale (21-14, 21-14).

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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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