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Quarterfinals set for Visa FIVB Beach Volleyball International

Great Britain's Zara Dampney, right, and Shauna Mullin gave their home country fans plenty to cheer about Friday, winning their third straight, come-from-behind three-set match to advance at the 2011 Visa FIVB Beach Volleyball International.

London, Great Britain, August 12, 2011 – While dreams of next year’s London 2012 Olympics continued to dance in the heads, two teams each from Brazil and host country Great Britain, and one each from Australia, China, Mexico, and the United States won round of 16 matches Friday to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals at the 2011 Visa FIVB Beach Volleyball International, a women’s Olympic test event being held through Sunday at the iconic Horse Guards Parade in the heart of central London.

Saturday’s action at the Visa FIVB Beach Volleyball International will feature the quarterfinals round of the single-elimination bracket phase of the tournament with the first session of two quarterfinals starting at 13:00 (local time) and the second session of the last two quarterfinal matches beginning at 17:00. On Sunday, the semifinals and medal matches will be held on the stunning Horse Guards Parade centre court.

After winning their round of 16 matches Friday, the matchups for Saturday’s first session of quarterfinals will be Australia’s Natalie Cook/Tamsin Hinchley vs. Brazil’s world No. 26 Vivian Cunha/Taiana Lima followed by Great Britain’s Lucy Boulton/Denise Johns vs. China’s world No. 1 Chen Xue/Xi Zhang.

In the evening session Saturday, the two quarterfinals to be played will feature Friday’s four other round of 16 winners with USA’s world No. 4 Jennifer Kessy/April Ross vs. Mexico’s Bibiana Candelas/Mayra Garcia followed by Great Britain’s Zara Dampney/Shauna Mullin vs. Brazil’s Liliane Maestrini/Angela Vieira.

In Friday’s first four round of 16 matches, Mexico’s Candelas/Garcia held on to finally overcome China’s Yuanyuan Ma/Fan Wang, 21-18, 18-21 and 15-13 in 46 minutes, Brazil’s Maestrini/Vieira eliminated Estonia’s Anu Ennok/Mari-Liis Graumann, 21-10, 21-13 in 30 minutes, Brazil’s Cunha/Lima stopped Puerto Rico’s Dariam Acevedo/Yarleen Santiago, 21-10, 21-13 in 30 minutes and USA’s Kessy/Ross defeated their compatriots-USA’s Brittany Hochevar/Lisa Rutledge, 21-18, 21-16 in 33 minutes.

The results of Friday’s second four round of 16 matches on the Horse Guards Parade centre court were China’s Xue/Zhang defeated Canada’s Kacie MacTavish/Julie Rodrigue, 21-13, 21-15 in just 29 minutes, Australia’s Cook/Hinchley beat Vanuatu’s Linline Matauatu/Elwin Miller, 21-14, 21-11 in 31 minutes, Great Britain’s Boulton/Johns hung on through two overtime sets to eliminate Canada’s Heather Bansley/Elizabeth Maloney, 26-24, 22-20 in 48 minutes and in the final match of the evening Great Britain’s Dampney/Mullin came from behind for the third straight match to defeat Spain’s Andrea Garcia Gonzalo/Alejandra Simon, 20-22, 21-16 and 15-11 in 53 minutes.

Previewing Saturday’s quarterfinal matches, it will be the first meeting between Great Britain’s Dampney/Mullin and Brazil’s Maestrini/Vieira, Australia’s Cook/Hinchley and Brazil’s Cunha/Lima have never played before, Kessy/Ross and Mexico’s Candelas/Garcia have met three times previously, with the Mexican tandem winning the last two matches which were both this year and Great Britain’s Boulton/Johns and China’s Xue/Zhang have played twice with the Chinese duo winning both times.

Friday’s round of 16 matches got off to a roaring start as the fans celebrated the start of another day of beach volleyball in the heart of central London. Starting the day with a huge bang, Mexico’s Candelas/Garcia and China’s youthful Ma/Wang electrified the crowd with a sterling three-set match that truly could have gone either way. As expected, Mexico’s veteran Candelas/Garcia won the first set, but it was much closer than many thought the second match between these two FIVB Swatch World Tour regulars might be. Candelas/Garcia defeated China’s Ma, 21/Wang, 17, in two sets in their only previous meeting in the qualification tournament in Stavanger, Norway, on June 28 when the Mexicans won, 21-18, 21-9 in 30 minutes. China’s Ma/Wang regrouped for the second set as the experienced Candelas and the very athletic Wang began jousting at the net with Wang winning many with kills and blocks to end up holding off Candelas/Garcia at the finish of the set. In the tiebreaker set, it was back and forth again after Mexico started on top 2-0 and 3-1, the match was tied at 6-6, 8-8, and finally 10-10 before Garcia’s digs and gutty net play from Candelas pushed their team into a two-point lead which they kept to the end of the match to earn their second career win over the rapidly developing Chinese tandem.

Candelas/Garcia, who have played 54 FIVB Swatch World Tour events together compared to just 10 for the much younger Chinese players, felt fortunate to win the match. Wang had four blocks for the Chinese and three ace serves, while Candelas had a pair of blocks and five aces. Ma had 10 digs and Garcia six for their respective teams.

Afterwards in the Horse Guards Parade mixed zone, Garcia said, “They have improved their movement on the court since we played them the first time and that really makes their game much, much better. I wasn’t nervous and that’s not why I had a few serving errors. I was just trying to direct the ball to the right area but I had it a big soft several times.”

Candelas commented on the match, saying, “The Chinese, even though they are young, play very well and their serves are very hard to return. I think it was a struggle for me to pass because of their good serves. We now have to think about the next game only. There are always things to change. Every game is an opportunity to see what you need to improve, it’s always a learning process. I’ve learned from this match to hit the ball even harder.”

In the all-American round of 16 match USA’s Kessy/Ross overpowered compatriots Hochevar/Rutledge in straight sets. It was just the second meeting between the two teams in an FIVB event, as Hochevar/Rutledge eliminated Kessy/Ross from last month’s Quebec Open in Canada in straight sets.

Said Ross after Friday’s rematch, “Sure, we lost to them in Quebec last time. We needed the win today to get into the quarterfinals. But also we would have preferred other opponents; they would not have been our first choice in the draw. You know, you would not want to kick your fellow Americans out of the draw. Being here in 2012 is the only thing on my mind. I want to be here next year. This place is really motivating. We are aiming for the final. It’s a pretty big production here and it’s not even the Olympics, yet.”

Exciting the home country fans that filled the centre court stadium, Great Britain’s Boulton/Johns win over Canada’s Bansley/Maloney was extremely entertaining with two overtime sets as Boulton and Johns both made key plays to win both and both teams had miscues that helped keep the other team close.

When it came time to end the match and earn the victory, with the poise of a champion Boulton rocketed a serve down the middle that fell onto the sand for a victory ace. As the crowd gave a standing ovation and cheered wildly, Boulton performed a special victory cartwheel on the centre court sand.  In the well-played match, Boulton had five ace serves, Johns had one ace, three blocks and five digs while for the Canadians, Maloney had six aces and three blocks and Bansley added two aces and three digs.

Even though the British and Canadian teams are both regulars on the FIVB Swatch World Tour, Friday was their first meeting on the sand. Boulton/Johns have played in 60 world tour events together and while Bansley/Maloney have competed in 18 as a team.

Still excited from the match and her acrobatic moves following, Boulton said, “This is one of the best matches we’ve ever played. We’ve never had a crowd like this when we were playing. It was point-for point in both sets. It was a good buzz with the crowd out there which inspired us even more. They’re like having a third woman on the team.”

In the final match of the evening, Great Britain’s Mullin/Dampney provided a thrilling climax to the day’s action by winning their third consecutive, come from behind three-set victory. After missed opportunities in the first set, Spain’s Garcia Gonzalo/Simon capitalized and won, with Mullin/Dampney controlling the second, the tiebreaking third set was close early before Dampney started hitting corner shots and Mullin controlled the net as the home country duo gave their country a second team in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

A total of 13 of the 16 teams who made the elimination rounds in this week’s London event are regulars on the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour calendar that features 15 women's and 14 men's events, including 12 double-gender tournaments, within all five FIVB confederations plus this one special 24-team single-gender women’s test event being held through Sunday at London’s Horse Guards Parade, the venue for beach volleyball at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The 2011 FIVB Swatch World Tour is offering $7.64m in prize money. Twelve of the tournaments are combined men's and women's events, including the World Championships and all six Grand Slam stops.

Being presented by the London 2012 Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) in collaboration with the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the British Volleyball Federation, the Visa FIVB Beach Volleyball International Olympic test event carries with it a special $10,000 total purse.

The venue for this event features a 1,500-seat centre court, but for next August’s London 2012 Olympics a massive 15,000-seat stadium will be built. The event is part of the London Prepares series that features test events for several Olympic sports.

For more information on the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour, please visit or visit the event website at

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