Two Czech, Two Brazilians, Klineman/Ross Advance to Saturday Knockouts

  0 Wendy Mayer | January 05th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach


THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Americans Alix Klineman and April Ross and Brazilians Maria Antonelli and Carol Salgado are on to the second round of knockout play after kicking off the tournament in qualifying.

Czech pair Barbora Hermannova and Marketa Slukova won pool a with a 2-0 mark, adding another sweep in pool play round 2 on Friday.

Countrywomen Kristyna Kolocova and Michala Kvapilova won a pair of three-set affairs to take Pool B.

Pool C belonged to Brazi’s Maria Antonelli and Carolina Solberg Salgado, who bested Germans Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch 22-20, 21-16 in Round 2. 5863170

Newly formed American pair Alix Klineman and April Ross kept their success rolling in pool play, adding a sweep of Brazilian stars Agatha and Duda to their ever growing resume. The pair began the tournament in the country quota round, won its way through two qualifying matches and extended its win streak to five match on Friday morning to win Pool D.

Japan’s Megumi Murakami and Miki Ishii finished atop Pool E, winning at Brazilian pair Elize Maia and Taiana Lima were forced to forfeit as Maia was injured during the match. 

Switzerland’s Nina Betschart and Tanja Huberli overcame an opening set loss to top Finland’s Taru Lahti-Liukkonen and Anniina Parkkinen and win Pool F at 2-0. 

Brazil’s Barbara and Fernanda edged past Americans Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross in three sets in Pool G action.

Dutch pair Joy Stubbe and Marleen Ramond-van Iersel wrapped up pool play with a three-set win over Americans Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes to win Pool H.

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Twenty-four teams advanced to the knockout stages with the top team in each pool earning a bye into the second round, which is set to be played Saturday morning. The remaining 16 teams met later Friday to decide the second round opponents.


Women’s Pool Play Round 2

Pool A

Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (Czech Republic) def. Sandra Ittlinger/Kim Behrens (Germany) 27-25, 24-22

Riikka Lehtonen/Niina Ahtianinen (Finland) def. Kristina Thurin/Susanna Thurin (Sweden) 21-18, 21-19


Pool B

Kristyna Kolocova/Michala Kvapilova (Czech Republic) def. Kinga Kolosinska/Katarzyna Kociolek (Poland) 21-17, 15-21, 15-13

Nadezda Makroguzova/Svetlana Kholomina (Russia) def. Jolien Sinnema/Laura Bloem (Netherlands) 21-13, 19-21, 15-11


Pool C

Maria Antonelli/Carolina Solberg Salgado (Brazil) def. Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch 22-20, 21-16

 Katharina Schutzenhofer/Lena Pelsiutschnig (Austria) def. Rumpaipruet Numwong/Khnittha Hongpak (Thailand) 21-10, 21-10


Pool D

Alix Klineman/April Ross (USA) def. Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa (Brazil) 22-20, 21-14

Ksenia Dabizha/Yulia Abalakina (Russia) def. Ieva Dumbauskaite/Monika/Povilaityte (Lithuania) 19-21, 21-16, 15-9


Pool E

Megumi Murakami/Miki Ishii (Japan) def. Elize Secomandi Maia/Taiana Lima (Brazil) — Injury for Brazil

Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink (Netherlands) def. Lauren Fendrick/Karissa Cook (USA) 21-14, 21-16


Pool F

Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli (Switzerland) def. Taru Lahti-Liukkonen/Anniina Parkkinen (Finland) 19-21, 21-8, 15-11

Julie Gordon/Sophie Bukovec (Canada) def. Adriana-Maria Matei/Beata Vaida (Romania) 21-15, 21-19


Pool G

Vrapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee (Thailand) def. Amaranta Fernandez Navarro/Angela Lobato Herrero (Spain) 21-18, 21-14

Barbara Seixas De Freitas/Fernanda Alves (Brazil) def. Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross (USA) 21-16, 20-22, 15-11


Pool H

Joy Stubbe/Marleen Ramond-van Iersel (Netherlands) def. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USA) 21-18, 17-21, 17-15

Tina Graudina/Anastasija Kravcenoka (Latvia) def. Azusa Futami/Akiko Hasegawa (Japan) 13-21, 21-15, 15-8

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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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