Men’s Pool Play upsets numerous at Corrientes Grand Slam
Corrientes, Argentina, May 23, 2013—Striving through the damp, bone-chilling air that never dampened the spirits of several thousand spectators, 32 men’s teams charged through two of three rounds of pool play Thursday setting up their final round robin match and the first of single-elimination play Friday as the $440,000 FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam double-gender tournament continues. Leading seven of the eight pools with 2-0 records are two teams from Brazil and one each from Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands and Poland. The other pool is led on point ratio by a team from the United States although all four teams in the group have 1-1 records.
Pool Play will conclude with a single-elimination bracket for the final 24 teams starting Friday with the men also playing the first round of elimination play. With the event being held for the first time in Corrientes, it continues through Sunday at the purpose-built site is located on the sands of Arazati Beach – Costanera Sur. The final day of pool play matches are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. local time Friday, continuing under the lights with the women’s quarterfinals.
Men’s teams advancing undefeated in pool play to lead their respective groups are Brazilian duos Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego and Vitor Felipe/Evandro Goncalves along with Czech Republic’s Robert Kufa/Jan Hadrava, Germany’s Sebastian Dollinger/Stefan Windscheif, Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins, Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen and Poland’s Mariusz Prudel/Grzegorz Fijalek.
Technically ahead on point ratio in the other pool is USA’s Todd Rogers/Ryan Doherty while also with 1-1 records in their four-team pool after beating each up pretty good on Thursday are Italian brothers Paolo Ingrosso/Matteo Ingrosso, Switzerland’s Mats Kovatsch/Sebastian Chevallier, and USA’s Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson.