At the end of women’s pool play, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross lead the U.S. delegation after going 3-0 in pool play. They finished out their pool with a 2-0 win over the strong Canadian duo of Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan.

Highlights from the USA vs. Canada match:

Emily Day and Jen Kessy stormed through their first two pool play matches but stumbled when faced with Brazilian team Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas de Freitas, winners of the St. Petersburg Grand Slam. After a close first-set battle that went to 22-20 before going the Brazilians way, Day and Kessy crumbled in the second 21-10.

Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat went 2-1 in their pool, but so did two other teams, meaning the rankings came down to points. They took third in the pool but were one of the eight-best third place teams, so they earned entrance into the first round of elimination play.

On the men’s side, Ryan Doherty and John Mayer went 3-0 in pool. In the final match of pool play, they defeated Australians Christopher McHugh and Isaac Kapa 21-14, 21-19.

See highlights from Doherty and Mayer’s match versus Alexandr Dyachenko and Alexey Sidorenko of Kazakhstan:

Tri Bourne and John Hyden also finished 3-0.

Nick Lucena and Theo Brunner currently stand at 2-0 and will face Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov of Russia today to finish out their pool.

Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson are also 2-0. Later today they face Vitor Felipe and Alvaro Filho to determine who will take the top spot in the pool.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here