Hughes, Ross Go Undefeated in Pool Play
USA's Sara Hughes (L) lunges for the Mikasa while her teammate Summer Ross watches, FIVB Swatch Junior World Championships, Halifax, Canada 2012, Aug 29
B.J. Hoeptner Evans
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 30, 2012) – The U.S. women’s team of Summer Ross and Sara Hughes completed pool play undefeated on Thursday at the FIVB SWATCH Junior (under-21) World Championships in Halifax, Canada.
U.S. men’s teams got off to a 3-1 start on the first day of their pool play.
The No. 1 U.S. women’s team of Ross (San Diego, Calif.) and Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.), seeded No. 3, concluded pool play on Thursday with a 21-17, 23-21 victory in 34 minutes over Mexico’s No. 14 Maura Martinez and Claudia Rios.
With a 3-0 record, Hughes and Ross will move on to the second round of single-elimination play on Friday.
The U.S. women’s No. 2 team of Kirby Burnham (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Jace Pardon (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), seeded No. 26, lost their final pool play match on Thursday, falling to Germany’s No. 23 Sandra Seyfferth and Anika Krebs, 21-19, 21-17 in 36 minutes.
They finished pool play with a 1-2 record and will move on to the first round of single-elimination play on Friday.
On the men’s side, the No. 2 U.S. men’s team of Weston Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Parker Kalmbach (Coto de Caza, Calif.), seeded No. 19, went 2-0 on Thursday.
The U.S. pair took a morning victory over Australia’s No. 14 Nicholas Anstey and Hamish Moore, 21-15, 24-22 in 40 minutes. In the afternoon, Carico and Kalmbach defeated Poland’s No. 3 Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak, 21-19, 12-21, 16-14 in 42 minutes.
Carico and Kalmbach will not play a third pool play match on Friday as the pool only has three teams. The first round of single-elimination will be played on Friday.
The No. 1 team of Alex Jones (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Kyle Stevenson (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), seeded No. 9, opened play on Thursday with a loss to Venezuela’s No. 24 Gerardo Mendez and Vicente Salasar, 25-27, 21-18, 6-15 in 1 hour, 1 minute.
Jones and Stevenson came back in their second match to defeat Poland’s No. 25 Kacper Kujawiak and Michal Bryl, 24-22, 21-15 in 38 minutes.
The U.S. pair will complete pool play on Friday against Germany’s No. 8 Dominik Stork and Fabian Schmidt.
The world championship event will be held through Sunday (Sept. 2) at the purpose-built beach volleyball complex on the Salter Lot of the Halifax Waterfront. This is the not only the second time in the event’s 12-year history that it is being held in North America, but also the second straight year in Halifax.
The top three teams in each pool (24 total) will advance to the single-elimination bracket phase of the tournament. The women will begin their single elimination phase with two rounds on Friday followed by the women’s quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday. Men will play their first elimination round on Friday, followed by the second round and quarterfinals on Saturday and the semifinals on Sunday morning.
The bronze and gold medal matches for each gender will be held on Sunday event at the SEA stadium center court.
For more information, visit the FIVB web site.