Ross/Klineman, Walsh Jennings/Branaugh Pick Up Pool Wins in Xiamen

  0 Wendy Mayer | April 19th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

FIVB Xiamen Four-Star

Canada’s Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson became the second Top 10 women’s seed to falter in pool play as the No. 10 duo fell to No. 23 seed Joy Stubbe/Marleen van Iersel of the Netherlands in three sets on Thursday afternoon.

The American women went 2-2 on the day, with No. 13 April Ross/Alix Klineman winning in straight sets and No. 17 Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branaugh overcoming a Set 1 loss in their return from Walsh Jennings’ offseason surgery for a tiebreak victory.

New duos Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar and Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman were not as fortunate, each falling in straight sets.

Thursday night offered redemption for the morning’s losing sides in men’s action. Four of the eight matches saw the victors have to fight through three sets to claim their first main draw win of the tournament.

Belgium’s Dries Koekelkoren/Tom van Walle, Qatar’s Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan and Austria’s Alexander Horst/Clemens Doppler had to rally for their victories, while Czech pair Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner hung on for the three-set win.

Third seeded Horst and Doppler battled through a 38-36 loss to Juan Virgen/Lombardo Ontiveros of Mexico to pull off 21-14 and 15-13 responses to avoid a second straight upset.

Pool play picks up again at 8 p.m. ET Thursday and continues through midnight. Round 1 play will follow.


Women’s Pool Play

Pool A

Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes (Canada) def. Shuting Cao/Jinjin Zeng 21-18, 21-8

Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branagh (USA) def. Kim Behrens/Sandra Ittlinger (Germany) 14-21, 21-14, 15-4


Pool B

Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (Germany) def. Zinxin Wang/Bing Bai (China) 21-15, 21-8

Victoria Bieneck/Isabel Schneider (Germany) def. Riikka Lehtonen/Niina Ahtiainen (Finland) 21-19, 15-21, 15-12


Pool C

Maria Antonelli/Carol Solberg (Brazil) def. Laura Calouri/Dunja Gerson (Switzerland) 21-18, 21-10

Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch (Germany) def. Taru Lahit-Liukkonen/Annina Parkkinen (Finland) 21-17, 16-21, 15-11


Pool D

Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli (Switzerland) def. Jagoda Gruszvzynska/Aleksandra Gomadowska (Poland) 21-15, 21-15

April Ross/Alix Klineman (USA) def. Kinga Kolosinska/Kararzyna Kociolek (Poland) 21-13, 22-20


Pool F

Taiana Lima/Carol Horta (Brazil) def. Ieva Dumbauskaite/Monika Povilaityte (Lithuania) 21-15, 21-15

Mariafe Artacho/Taliqua Clancy (Australia) def. Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar (USA) 21-18, 21-16


Pool G

Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa (Brazil) def. Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman (USA) 21-16, 21-16

Joy Stubbe/Marleen Ramong van Iersel (Netherlands) def. Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada) 21-14, 13-21, 15-11

Men’s Pool Play

Pool A

Alvaro Filho/Saymon Barbosa (Brazil) def. Zhouxin Li/Lei Li (China) 21-19, 21-19


Pool B

Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan (Qatar) def. Peng Gao/Lang Li (China)  14-21, 21-16, 17-15


Pool C

Alexander Horst/Clemens Doppler (Austria) def.  Juan Virgen/Lombardo Ontiveros (Mexico) 36-38, 21-14, 15-13


Pool D

Ondrj Perusic/David Schweiner (Czech Republic) def. Alex Ranghieri/Marco Caminati (Italy) 25-23, 18-21, 15-8


Pool E

Dries Koekelkoren/Tom van Walle (Belgium) def. Youssef Krou/Quincy Aye (France) 11-21, 21-14, 15-11


Pool F

Mariusz Prudel/Jakub Szalankiewicz (Poland) def. Nico Beeler/Marco Kattiger (Switzerland) 21-12, 21-16


Pool G

Alison Cerutti/Bruno Schmidt (Brazil) def. Sergio Gonzalez/Diaz Gomez Nivaldo (Cuba) 21-15, 21-18


Pool H

Christiaan Varenhorst/Jasper Bouter (Netherlands) def. Likejiang Ha/Jiaxin Wu (China) 21-17, 21-17

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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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