Top Three Women’s Seeds Ousted Ahead of Itapema Quarterfinals

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

Itapema Four-Star

The quarterfinal field is set for the Itapema Four-Star with some surprising names among the group.

On the women’s side, five of the eight pool winners took advantage of just having to play a single match on Friday, but the top three overall seeds were among those sent packing in the main draw Round 2: No. 1 Barbara Seixas/Fernanda Berti (Brazil), No. 2 Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada) and No. 3 Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (Germany).

The top remaining seed is No. 4 Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (Czech Republic) followed by No. 5 Maria Antonelli/Carol Solberg (Brazil), No. 7 Agatha Bednarczuk/Duda Lisboa (Brazil), No. 9 Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada), No. 11 Joana Heidrich/Anouk Verge-Depre (Switzerland) and No. 13 Krystina Kolocova/Michala Kvapilova (Czech Republic).

Bansley/Wilkerson walked through to the quarters as Russia’s Kholomina/Makroguzova pulled out due to injury. Four of the eight Round 2 matches were decided in tiebreak.

Knocking out the top three seeds were: Hermannova/Slukova and Germans No. 10 Victoria Bieneck/Isabel Schneider and No. 16 Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch. The Czechs took out the top seeded Brazilians in straight sets (21-19, 21-17).  Bieneck/Schneider edged past Humana-Paredes/Pavan, rallying for the tiebreak win (14-21, 21-17, 15-12). Borger/Kozuch took out countrywomen Laboureur/Sude 23-21, 24-26, 15-8.

Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branaugh went the farthest among the American women’s teams, making it to Round 2, before falling to Maria Antonelli/Carol Solberg 21-18, 21-15.

Brittany Hochevar/Kelly Claes, Emily Day/Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman ended their tournament in early morning pool play.

Summer Ross/Sara Hughes advanced to Round 1 of the main draw, but fell victim to Spain’s Liliana/Elsa in straight sets in the elimination round.

On the men’s side, the quarterfinalists include Brazilians Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola Stein and Vitor Felipe/Guto Carvalhaes, Dutch pairs Christian Varenhorst/Jasper Bouter and Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen and duos from four other countries.

Six of the top nine seeds are through, led by No. 1 Evandro/Andre, No. 2 Brouwer/Meewsen and No. 3 Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak of Poland. Vitor Felipe/Guto check in at No. 6, followed by seventh-seeded Canadians Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter and No. 9 Anders Berntsen Mol/Christian Sorum of Norway.

Schachter/Pedlow made the quarterfinals without even taking the sand on Friday, winning due to forfeit of Nicolas Capogrosso/Julian Azzad of Argentina. Meanwhile, Vitor Felipe/Guto fought through a tiebreak match with No. 31 Volkan Gogtepe/Murat Giginoglu of Turkey, rallying 24-22, 15-7 after dropping the opening set 21-17.

Rounding out the field are: No. 12 Varenhorst/Bouter and No. 19 seed Nico Beeler/Marco Krattiger of Switzerland.

Of the quarterfinalists, seven of the eight, all except Beeler/Krattiger won their respective pools and earned free passes to Round 2 of the main draw. The Swiss pair, on the other hand, upset No. 15 Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan (Qatar) in straight sets and then bested No. 13 Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner (Czech Republic) in a Round 2 tiebreak.

Quarterfinal action is set to begin at 8 a.m. ET Saturday.

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About Wendy Mayer

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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