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Americans continue their winning ways in The Hague

 
Tri Bourne (left) and John Hyden of the United States after ousting a team from Spain Wednesday evening in The Hague.
 

The Hague, The Netherlands, July 1, 2015 - John Hyden, the oldest player in the 2015 FIVB “senior” Beach Volleyball World Championships, and Tri Bourne continued their winning ways on the sand at The Hofvijver stadium court by eliminating a team from Spain in the third of four men’s match here Wednesday evening.

Seeded ninth in the world championships, the 42-year old Hyden and Bourne defeated 35th-seeded Christian Garcia and Francisco Alfredo Marco of Spain 2-0 (21-13, 21-18) in a 36-minute match in the Round of 32 to advance to a Thursday afternoon meeting against eighth-seeded Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik of Germany.  It will be the second meeting on the FIVB World Tour between the two teams as the Americans defeated Erdmann and Matysik in a three-set pool match last season in Norway.

Both teams continued to play at The Hofvijver stadium court after winning their pools earlier this week.  The winner of Thursday’s match will play in the quarter-finals later in the day against either a Dutch or Russian tandem.

With Bourne playing in his first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship, Hyden has already bettered his 33rd-place finish in the 2013 event in Poland with Nick Lucerne.  By winning the German Grand Slam last season in Berlin, Hyden became the oldest player to win a gold medal on the FIVB World Tour.





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