Sixteen Teams Start Men’s World University Beach Championships at 2-0

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 10th, 2018 | College - Beach, News

2018 World University Beach Championships

The two American men’s teams stumbled out of the gate at the World University beach games with USA Collegiate Beach champions Jon Justice/Adam Wienckowski of Florida State and runner-up Brett Rosenmeier/Colton Cowell of Hawaii both going 0-2 with straight set losses.

Justice/Weinckowski lost to Dan John/Eric Stadie of Germany and Florian Breer/Yves Haussener of Switzerland in Pool C.

Cowell/Rosenmeier fell to French duo Olivier Barthelemy/Romain Di Giantommaso (21-13, 21-17) and Czech pair Jakub Gala/Martin Pihera (21-16, 21-16) in Pool E.

All eight pools saw two teams go 2-0 to set up pool title matches on Tuesday.

  • Pool A: Bennet Poniewaz/David Poniewaz (Germany) and Oscar Jimenez/Hugo Rojas (Spain)
  • Pool B: Mateusz Lysikowski/Mateusz Paszkowski (Poland) and Pablo Prieto/Ignacio Zavala (Chile)
  • Pool C: Florian Breer/Yves Haussener (Switzerland) and Dan John/Eric Stadie (Germany)
  • Pool D: Felix Friedl/Maximilian Trummer (Austria) and Georgios Chrysostomou/Antonis Liotatis (Cypress)
  • Pool E: Olivier Barthelemy/Romain Di Giantommaso (France) and Jakub Gala/Martin Pihera (Czech Republic)
  • Pool F: Ruben Penninga/Tom Van Steenis (Netherlands) and Thomas Hartles/Alani Nicklin (New Zealand)
  • Pool G: Gabriel Burlacu/Jake MacNeil (Canada) and Fan Yang Mark Shen/Kingsley Tay (Singapore)
  • Pool H: Alejandro Huerta/Javier Huerta (Spain) and Paul Burnett/Maximilian Gehrer (Australia)

Only three of the 32 matches went to tiebreak.

Gala/Pihera topped Switzerland’s Mosimann/Scheidegger 21-12, 18-21, 15-6, while Penninga/Van Stennis held on for a 21-13, 23-25, 15-9 win over Czech pair Stastny/Vala. Burnett/Guehrer wrapped up men’s action with a 21-12, 22-24, 15-11 win over China’s Zeng/Zheng.


2018 World University Championships – Day 1

Pool A

Poniewaz/Poniewaz (Germany) def. Dhia/Ali (Saudi Arabia) 21-9, 21-15

Jimenez/Rojas (Spain) def. Abramenka/Piatrushka (Belarus) 21-17, 21-18

Poniewaz/Poniewaz def. Abramenka/Piatrushka 21-14, 21-15

Jimenez/Rojas def. Dhai/Ali 21-18, 21-16


Pool B

Lysikowski/Paszkowski (Poland) def. Nicolini/Bocalon (Argentina) 21-14, 21-13

Prieto/Zavala (Chile) def. Mamabolo/Mndingi (South Africa) 21-14, 21-17

Lysikowski/Paszkowski def. Mamabolo/Mndingi 21-8, 21-15

Prieto/Zavala def. Nicolini/Bocalon 24-22, 21-10


Pool C

Breer/Haussener (Switzerland) def. Harada/Shibata (Japan) 21-15, 21-15

John/Stadie (Germany) def. Justice/Wienckowski (USA) 21-17, 21-16

Breer/Haussener def. Justice/Wienckowski 21-10, 21-13

John/Stadie def. Harada/Shibata 21-15, 21-17


Pool D

Friedl/Trummer (Austria) def. Lobnik/Primec (Slovenia) 21-11, 21-14

Chrysostomou/Liotatis (Cypress) def. Hakobyan/Balebekyan (Armenia) 21-16, 21-12

Friedl/Trummer def. Hakobyan/Balebekyan 21-14, 21-13

Chrysostomou/Liotatis def. Lobnik/Primec 21-16, 21-13


Pool E

Barthelemy/Di Giantommaso (France) def. Cowell/Rosenmeier (USA) 21-13, 21-17

Gala/Pihera (Czech Republic) def. Mosimann/Scheidegger (Switzerland) 21-12, 18-21, 15-6

Barthelemy/Di Giantommaso/Mosimann/Scheidegger 21-9, 21-11

Gala/Pihera def. Cowell/Rosenmeier 21-16, 21-16


Pool F

Penninga/Van Steenis (Netherlands) def. Kitagawa/Kurokawa (Japan) 21-18, 21-13

Hartles/Nicklin (New Zealand) def. Stastny/Vala (Czech Republic) 21-13, 21-13

Penninga/Van Steenis def. Stastny/Vala 21-13, 23-25, 15-9

Hartles/Nicklin def. Kitagawa/Kurokawa 24-22, 21-15


Pool G

Burlacu/MacNeil (Canada) def. Sandun/Asanka (Sri Lanka) 21-10, 21-13

Shen/Tay (Singapore) def. Loitarenko/Stasenko (Ukraine) 21-17, 21-11

Burlaca/MacNeil def. Loitarenko/Stasenko 21-14, 21-15

Shen/Tay def. Sandun/Asanka 25-23, 21-13


Pool H

Huerta/Huerta (Spain) def. Zeng/Zheng (China) 21-11, 21-12

Burnett/Guehrer (Australia) def. Muditha/Udara (Sri Lanka) 21-16, 21-12

Huerta/Huerta def. Muditha/Udara 21-9, 21-13

Burnett/Guehrer def. Zeng/Zheng 21-12, 22-24, 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 after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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