Stockman/Larsen, Flint/Day Win in Tiebreak in Vegas Open Main Draw

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 18th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, p1440, Pro Beach

FIVB/P1440 Las Vegas Open

  • Las Vegas Festival Grounds; Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Oct. 15-21, 2018
  • Schedule/Results
  • Watch Live: Men; Women
  • Watch Live: Finals will air live at 4 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN2

Just three of the 16 women’s main draw matches went the distance on Thursday with Latvia’s Anastasija Kravcenoka/Tina Graudina and Americans Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen and Betsi Flint/Emily Day coming out victorious.

Nine of the top 10 seeds won their Day 1 match, all save ninth-seeded Americans Sarah Sponcil/Kelly Claes, which fell to Brazil’s Maria Clara Salgado Solberg/Elize Maia 21-19, 21-18.

Sponcil/Claes were not the only newly formed American duo to stumble in their tournament opener. P1440 founder and three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and new partner Brooke Sweat fell to No. 15 seed Dutch duo Joy Stubbe/Marleen van Iersel (21-16, 21-14).

“We did some good stuff out there,” Sweat said after the defeat. “I need to clear up my passing a little bit, but there were some positives, so we need to go back and pick a little bit more and figure things out for tomorrow. We’re a new team, so we’ll have to figure things out as we go. It’s a long process, with a lot of learning and I’m looking forward to it. I know it’s going to take time, but it’s all going to happen.”

Of the six American pairs in the main draw, three were victorious with top seeded Summer Ross/Sara Hughes handling China’s MeiMei Lin/Zhu Lingdi in Pool A.

Of the five Brazilian teams in action, four picked up wins, with the fifth, Taiana Silva Bigi/Victoria Lopes Pereira, falling at the hands of countrywomen and fellow qualifiers Maria Antonelli/Carol Solberg Salgado (21-13, 21-15).

Of the eight qualifying teams, just three won their main draw opener – Ana Patricia/Rebecca, Maria Clara/Elize Maia and Flint/Day.

Women’s main draw action continues on Friday.

Pool A

Summer Ross/Sara Hughes (USA) def. MeiMei Lin/Zhu Lingdi (China) 21-16, 21-18

Anastasija Kravcenoka/Tina Graudina (Latvia) def. Taru Lahti/Anniina Parkkinen (Finland) 21-16, 19-21, 17-15

Pool B

Joy Stubbe/Van Iersel (Netherlands) def. Brooke Sweat/Kerri Walsh Jennings 21-16, 21-14

Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada) def. Kristina May/Taylor Pischke (Canada) 21-12, 21-14

Pool C

Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes (Canada) def. Chiyo Suzuki/Reika Murakami (Japan) 21-14, 21-14

Betsi Flint/Emily Day (USA) def. Liliana Fernandez Steiner/Elsa Baquerizo McMillan (Spain) 21-16, 15-21, 15-10

Pool D

Maria Antonelli/Carol Solberg Salgado (Brazil) def. Taiana Silva Bigi/Victoria Lopes Pereira (Brazil) 21-13, 21-15

Riikka Lehtonen/Niina Ahtiainen (Finland) def. Fan Wang/Chen Xue (China) 21-15, 21-17

Pool E

Josemari Alves/Liliane Maestrni (Brazil) def. Kinga Kolosinska/Katarzyna Kociolek (Poland) 23-21, 22-20

Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen (USA) def. Jolien Sinnema/Laura Bloem (Netherlands) 21-19, 16-21, 15-11

Pool F

Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli (Switzerland) def. Ingrid Lunde/Oda Ulveseth (Norway) 21-16, 21-18

Megumi Murakami/Miki Ishii (Japan) def. Xinxin Wang/Xinyi Yia (China) 21-17, 24-22

Pool G

Nadezda Makroguzova/Svetlana Kholomina (Russia) def. Brittany Howard/Nicole Branagh 21-19, 21-15

Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth (Italy) def. Amaranta Fernandez Navarro/Angela Lobato Herrero (Spain) 21-14, 21-18

Pool H

Ana Patricia Silva Ramos/Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbosa Silva (Brazil) def. Anna Behlen/Cinja Tillmann (Germany) 21-16, 21-14

Maria Clara Salgado Solberg/Elize Maia (Brazil) def. Sarah Sponcil/Kelly Claes (USA) 21-19, 21-18

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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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