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Bourne & Hyden regain control to advance

The Hague, The Netherlands, July 2, 2015 - For more three quarters of Thursday’s men’s elimination match in between the United States and Germany, Americans Tri Bourne and John Hyden controlled the action by playing more consistently than their European rivals on the sand at The Hofvijver stadium court. However, the ninth-seeded Bourne and Hyden lost control at the end of the second set when eighth-seeded Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik rallied from a three-point deficit at 17-14 to overcome the Americans with a 25-23 decision. However, Bourne and the 42-year old Hyden won the first (21-19) and third set (15-9) in the 56-minute “Sweet 16” match. “We battled, but did not have the energy in the third set to win the match,” said Erdmann, who teamed with Matysik to win the bronze medal at the 2013 FIVB World Championships in Poland where Bourne was watching the action at home in southern California while Hyden was placing 33rd in Stare Jablonki with Nick Lucena. Winners of the German Grand Slam last season in Berlin when Hyden became the oldest player to win a gold medal on the FIVB World Tour, he world championships are the Americans 16th international start together with four previous quarter-final appearances on the FIVB World Tour.


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