Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Three American Squads Undefeated on Main Draw Day One

ROSARITO, Mexico (March 24, 2022) – The Beach Pro Tour’s Rosarito Elite 16 kicked off with an exhilarating main draw, following a challenging international qualifier the day before. As the competition unfolded, three American squads stood out, winning all their pool play matches.

In an impressive display, four U.S. Beach National Team pairs – Kelly (Claes) Cheng/Betsi Flint, Emily Day/April Ross, Kelley Kolinske/Sara Hughes, and Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb – dominated the court on Thursday. Cheng and Flint secured an advancing spot out of pool C by winning twice, including a sweep against Tokyo 2020 bronze medalists Anouk Verge-Depre/Joana Heidrich and a 2-0 victory over Brazilians Fernanda Alves/Maria Elisa Mendes Ticon Antonelli. They will now face Brazil’s Talita Da Rocha Antunes/Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbosa Silva for the pool title on Friday at 2 p.m. Pacific.

Day/April and Kolinske/Hughes also emerged victorious in their respective matches. Day/April staged a remarkable comeback to defeat Nina Brunner/Tanja Huberli of Switzerland, while Hughes/Kolinske swept fellow Americans Terese Cannon/Sarah Sponcil. All four teams, competing in pool B, will conclude the round-robin phase with two matches on Friday.

Bourne/Crabb, representing the U.S. in the men’s pool B, achieved a 1-1 record after two matches on Thursday. They faced initial defeat against reigning Olympic gold medalists Anders Mol/Christian Sorum of Norway but quickly rebounded with a comprehensive two-set win against Samuele Cottafava/Paolo Nicolai of Italy.

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Adding to the American presence, Chaim Schalk/Theo Brunner experienced a setback in pool C, losing in straight sets against Italy’s Adrian Ignacio Carambula Raurich/Enrico Rossi.

The Rosarito Elite 16 serves as the first Elite 16 tournament of the inaugural Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour. The top 12 teams in each gender category earned direct berths to the main draw, while teams ranked 13th to 28th competed for the remaining four spots. Notably, both Kolinske/Hughes and Schalk/Brunner successfully advanced through the qualifier held on March 23.

Action resumes at 9 a.m. Pacific on Friday, March 24, with an exciting lineup. Day/April will face Hughes/Kolinske, while Cannon/Sponcil will take on Brunner/Huberli.

FAQs

Q: How many American teams remained undefeated in the main draw of the Rosarito Elite 16?
A: Three American squads boasted a perfect record in pool play.

Q: Who are some of the notable American pairs?
A: The notable American pairs include Kelly (Claes) Cheng/Betsi Flint, Emily Day/April Ross, Kelley Kolinske/Sara Hughes, and Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb.

Q: Which teams did Kelly Cheng and Betsi Flint defeat to secure an advancing spot out of pool C?
A: Kelly Cheng and Betsi Flint secured their advancing spot by defeating Anouk Verge-Depre/Joana Heidrich and Fernanda Alves/Maria Elisa Mendes Ticon Antonelli.

Summary

In the Beach Pro Tour’s Rosarito Elite 16, three American teams showcased their dominance by remaining undefeated in pool play. Kelly Cheng and Betsi Flint stood out with two impressive victories, securing their advancing spot. Emily Day/April Ross and Kelley Kolinske/Sara Hughes also triumphed in their matches. In the men’s competition, Tri Bourne/Trevor Crabb achieved a commendable win after a previous loss. Chaim Schalk/Theo Brunner faced a setback but are determined to bounce back. This tournament marks the beginning of the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour, where elite teams from around the globe compete for victory. Don’t miss the exciting matches scheduled for Friday, promising intense competition and thrilling moments on the sandy courts of Rosarito.

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