USA Women Go 6-0; Doherty/Allen Among Men’s Pool Winners in Yangzhou

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 11th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

FIVB Yangzhou Four Star

The American women went 6-0 in Day 1 of pool play at the Yangzhou Four Star. Something will have to give as main draw action continues on Thursday night as No. 2 seed Alix Klineman/April Ross will face qualifiers Betsi Flint/Emily Day in Pool B action.

Team USA boasts three of the top five teams in the tournament, including No. 3 Sara Hughes/Summer Ross and No. 5 Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen.

Brazil did not fare as well on Day 1, going 2-4 with all four losses coming in tiebreak.

Top seeded Barbara Seixas de Freitas/Fernanda Alves won in tiebreak over China’s Bing Bai/Lvwen Yuan (19-21, 21-16, 15-11), while Ana Patricia Silva Ramos/Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbosa Silva won in straight sets (21-13, 21-11) over Latvia’s Anastasija Kravcenoka/Tina Graudina.

Angela Lavelle/Carol Horta fell to Hughes/Ross (21-19, 18-21, 15-9), while Josi Alves/Lili Maestrini lost to Flint/Day (15-21, 23-21, 15-13). Taiana Silva Bigi/Victoria Lopes Pereira lost to Switzerland’s No. 6 Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli (21-15, 14-21, 15-7), while Maria Clara/Elize Maia fell to China’s Fan Wang/Chen Xue despite winning the first set (19-21, 21-17, 15-10).

No. 4 seed Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes also won, topping Ukraine’s Davidova/Shchypkova 21-19, 21-19.

In men’s action, top seeded Ahmed Tijan/Cherif Younousse (Qatar) dropped the opening match of the main draw, falling to Ukraine’s Sergiy Popov/Iaroslav Gordieiev in straight sets (21-17, 21-16)

Americans Ryan Doherty/Billy Allen are 2-0 in Pool A, sweeping Italy’s Caminati/Rossi (21-17, 21-16) and winning via forfeit over Popov/Gordieiev.

Stafford Slick/Casey Patterson split their day one meetings, topping Serbia’s Stefan Basta/Lazar Kolaric in tiebreak (20-22, 21-16, 15-12) and falling to Brazil’s No. 2 seed Pedro Solberg/Bruno Schmidt (21-14, 24-26, 15-12). Solberg/Schmidt lead the pool at 2-0.

Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans dropped their main draw opener to China’s Peng Gao/Likejiang Ha after winning the first set (18-21, 21-19, 15-10).

Other pool winners were:

  • Pool C: #19 Philipp Arne Bergmann/Yannick Harms (Germany)
  • Pool D: #4 Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Oleg Stoyanovskiy (Russia)
  • Pool E: #5 Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov (Russia)
  • Pool F: #11 Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter (Canada)
  • Pool G: #10 Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes/Saymon Barbosa (Brazil)
  • Pool H: #9 Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner (Czech Republic)

Guto/Saymon topped countrymen #7 Alison Cerutti/Andre Loyola Stein in their second match (21-15, 21-14).

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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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