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Lower seeds win twice Tuesday in Women’s Pool Play at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam

 
Switzerland's Anouk Verge-Depre (pictured) and Isabelle Forrer won two pool play matches on Tuesday at the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam.
 

Long Beach, California, USA, July 23, 2013—While four of the five top-seeded women’s team won both of their pool play matches Tuesday, the big surprise was three lower-seeded teams all winning twice as well to lead or tie for the lead in their respective pools during Tuesday’s start of the 32-team main draw at the $440,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam double-gender tournament as the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is back in the USA for the first time in a decade.

While the men’s teams played one of three pool play matches on Tuesday, the unexpected women’s double winners were Switzerland’s 17th-seeded Isabelle Forrer/Anouk Verge-Depre, USA’s 15th-seeded Emily Day/Summer Ross and Slovak Republic’s 13th-seeded Natalia Dubovcova/Dominika Nestarcova.

With the third and final women’s pool play match and first round of single-elimination for the final 24 teams in the 32-team main draw, the men will play their second of three pool play matches with the final one and their first elimination round on Thursday as the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is back in the USA for the first time in a decade. With the event being held for the first time in Long Beach the purpose-built site is located on the expansive glistening sands of Marina Green Park on East Lakeshore Drive.

Main Draw pool play matches at the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, presented by ASICS, are scheduled to start at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday. General admission is free to the event and VIP tickets are on sale through the event website at www.wsobv.com. The last match is scheduled to start on each of the four courts at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

With 12 undefeated women’s teams after Tuesday’s heated action, all four of Brazil’s women’s teams, seeded second through fifth, were all unbeaten on Tuesday. The Brazilian women’s teams who all have 2-0 records after the first day of pool play in Long Beach are No. 2-seeded Taiana Lima/Talita Antunes, No. 3-seeded, Barbara Seixas/Liliane Maestrini, No. 4-seeded Maria Claira Salgado/Carolina Salgado and No. 5-seeded Agatha Bednarczuk/Maria Antonelli. Overall, Brazil’s four men’s teams were 3-1 Tuesday giving the South American powerhouse a combined 11-1 pool play record after the first day in Long Beach.

While the USA men’s teams compiled a 4-1 record on Tuesday, the USA women’s teams recorded a solid combined record of 8-2, giving the USA a combined event record of 12-3 on Tuesday. Day/Ross were 2-0 along with No. 8-seeded Lauren Fendrick/Brittany Hochevar, and No. 12-seeded Jennifer Fopma/Brooke Sweat.

Finishing 1-1 for the United States Tuesday in Long Beach were USA’s No.1-seeded April Ross/Jennifer Kessy and No. 27-seeded Annett Davis/Whitney Pavlik.

The three other undefeated women’s teams on Tuesday were Germany’s No. 7-seeded Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler, and Switzerland’s No. 9-seeded Nadine Zumkehr/Joana Heidrich and Czech Republic’s No. 10-seeded Kristyna Kolocova/Marketa Slukova. Read full story here

FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam Tournament Page
FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam Women’s schedule/results
FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam Men’s schedule/results




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