Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Second Medal of 2021 is Bronze for Alix and April

In Cancun, Mexico, Alix Klineman and April Ross secured their second medal of the year, a bronze, in Tournament 2 of the FIVB’s Cancun Hub. This accomplishment adds to their already impressive record in 2021.

Hard-earned Victory

Winning the bronze medal was no easy task for Klineman and Ross. They faced challenging conditions with strong winds and intense heat. Despite these obstacles, they showcased their skills and determination, finishing the tournament on a high note.

Dominant Performance

To claim the bronze, Klineman and Ross swept past the Netherlands’ Sanne Keizer and Madelein Meppelink in a thrilling match. They won with a score of 2-0 (21-17, 21-17), displaying their expertise and teamwork. Throughout the tournament, Klineman and Ross maintained an impressive 5-1 record, with their only loss in the semifinals.

“I am proud of our tough serving and our ability to experiment on defense,” Klineman commented on their performance in the bronze medal match. “But most importantly, we stayed together, giving our best in every moment.”

Redemption and Revenge

The tournament in Cancun served as a redemption for Klineman and Ross, who had tied for ninth place in Tournament 1. They even avenged their loss to the Australian duo, Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar, by defeating them in Tournament 2’s second round. This victory highlighted their determination to improve and succeed.

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Impressive Performances

Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil also showcased their skills by reaching the quarterfinal round of Tournament 2. Although they fell short, their performance added 80 points to their Olympic Ranking total. Claes and Sponcil are now only 160 points behind Brooke Sweat and Kerri Walsh Jennings for the United States’ second and final Olympic qualifying spot.

Additionally, several other American duos had notable performances. Tri Bourne and Trevor Crabb advanced to the second round by defeating the reigning world champions, Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy of Russia. Despite falling to the top-ranked team, Anders Mol and Christian Sorum of Norway, they still earned valuable Olympic qualification points.

Sweat and Walsh Jennings also impressed by overcoming a one-set deficit to secure a thrilling victory against Ana Patricia Silva Ramos and Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbosa Silva of Brazil. Although their journey ended in the second round against Fan Wang and Xinyi Xia of China, their performance displayed resilience and determination.

Olympic Qualification Standings

Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena solidified their position in the Olympic qualification race by winning their pool and earning 160 Olympic ranking points. They extended their lead over Bourne and Crabb by 240 points, positioning themselves well for securing an Olympic berth.

Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb, as well as Kelley Kolinske and Emily Stockman, unfortunately, did not advance past the pool play rounds and did not earn any additional Olympic ranking points.

What’s Next?

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The third and final tournament of the Cancun hub will kick off on April 28, with country quota matches taking place on April 27. Fans can catch all the thrilling matches on the FIVB’s Beach Volleyball YouTube channel.

1. How many medals have Alix Klineman and April Ross won in 2021?

Alix Klineman and April Ross have won two medals in 2021.

2. What was Klineman and Ross’ record in Tournament 2?

Klineman and Ross finished Tournament 2 with a 5-1 record.

3. Who did Klineman and Ross defeat to win the bronze medal?

Klineman and Ross defeated the Netherlands’ Sanne Keizer and Madelein Meppelink to secure the bronze medal.

Alix Klineman and April Ross continue to impress in the world of beach volleyball. Their bronze medal win in Tournament 2 of the FIVB’s Cancun Hub showcases their skill, resilience, and determination. As they look forward to the next tournament, fans eagerly anticipate their future performances and the excitement that lies ahead.