Claes-Sponcil go for FIVB Dela Beach gold, Ross-Klineman play for bronze

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Sarah Sponcil hits against Spain's Elsa Baquerizo at the Dela Beach Open/FIVB photo

Americans Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil won both their matches Saturday to reach their first four-star gold medal match at the FIVB four-star Dela Beach Open.

Defending champions April Ross and Alix Klineman will play for bronze. Casey Patterson and Chase Budinger were eliminated and finished in ninth place, while Bill Kolinske and Miles Evans tied for 17th.

Claes and Sponcil beat Liliana Fernandez and Elsa Baquerizo of Spain (21-19, 25-23) and Taru Lahti and Anniina Parkinnen of Finland (21-19, 18-21, 15-8).

“We’re just happy to be out here,” Claes said in the FIVB post-match interview. “Playing indoor, it’s kind of a different perspective, so we’re trying to work on this team chemistry and it’s working out so far.”

Sponcil said she knows she’s being served most of the time, “so just working on my pass, allowing (Claes) to be able to option, but being able to come in strong and have all of the options. Honestly, just resetting, and knowing that it’s going to be a battle, and just taking it point by point.”

Ross-Klineman’s bid to repeat was thwarted by Ana Patricia Silva and Rebecca Cavalcanti of Brazil (21-17, 21-19). The Brazilians have been on a roll of late, making their fourth consecutive semifinal with a gold medal in Qinzhou, silver in Yangzhou, and bronze in Las Vegas before Silva sprained her ankle in the semifinal.

Ross-Klineman will play Lahti-Parkinnen for bronze at 6:45 a.m. Eastern, followed by Claes-Sponcil against Silva-Cavalcanti in the gold-medal match at 8 a.m.

In the men’s draw, Patterson-Budinger advanced to the second round with a win over Mees Blom and Yorick de Groot of the Netherlands (21-17, 21-14), but lost to Oleg Stoyaniovskiy and Viacheslav Krasilnikov of Russia (21-16, 26-28, 15-7).

Kolinske-Evans lost in the first round to Jasper Bouter and Ruben Penninga of the Netherlands (21-17, 21-11).

The first men’s semifinal is Stoyanovskiy-Krasilnikov against Konstantin Semenov and Ilya Leshukov of Russia at 4:15 a.m., followed by Julius Thole and Clemens Wickler of Germany against Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands at 5:30 a.m.

The men’s bronze-medal match is scheduled for 9:15 a.m., to be followed by the gold medal match at 10:30 a.m. Links to all of the YouTube broadcasts are in VolleyballMag.com’s daily TV and streaming listings.

Women
Round 3
Taru Lahti/Anniina Parkkinen Finland (12) def. Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink Netherlands (1) 22-20, 21-16 (0:37)
Sarah Sponcil/Kelly Claes United States (7) def. Liliana Fernandez/Elsa Baquerizo Spain (13) 21-19, 25-23 (0:40)
Ana Patricia Silva/Rebecca Cavalcanti Brazil (3) def. Natalia Dubovcova/Andrea Strbova Slovakia (17) 21-16, 21-15 (0:30)
Alix Klineman/April Ross United States (2) def. Kim Behrens/Sandra Ittlinger Germany (10) 18-21, 21-18, 15-4 (0:46)
Semifinals
Sarah Sponcil/Kelly Claes United States (7) def. Taru Lahti/Anniina Parkkinen Finland (12) 21-19, 18-21, 15-8 (0:46)
Ana Patricia Silva/Rebecca Cavalcanti Brazil (3) def. Alix Klineman/April Ross United States (2) 21-17, 21-19 (0:36)
Men
Winner’s Bracket
Round 1
Quincy Aye/Arnaud Gauthier-Rat France (26, Q7) def. Tiziano Andreatta/Andrea Abbiati Italy (22, Q1) 15-21, 22-20, 15-12 (0:43)
Casey Patterson/Chase Budinger United States (16) def. Mees Blom/Yorick de Groot Netherlands (31) 21-17, 21-14 (0:29)
Alex Ranghieri/Marco Caminati Italy (13) def. Murat Giginoglu/Volkan Gogtepe Turkey (14) 21-19, 21-16 (0:39)
Jasper Bouter/Ruben Penninga Netherlands (25) def. Billy Kolinske/Miles Evans United States (17) 21-17, 21-11 (0:29)
Pedro Solberg/Bruno Oscar Schmidt Brazil (7) def. Gabriel Kissling/Michiel Zandbergen Switzerland (24) 21-18, 21-19 (0:39)
Jyrki Nurminen/Santeri Siren Finland (27, Q8) def. Jakub Szalankiewicz/Maciej Rudol Poland (21) 31-29, 21-23, 20-18 (1:07)
Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson Switzerland (12) def. Alexander Walkenhorst/Sven Winter Germany (18) 15-21, 21-16, 15-12 (0:47)
Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins Latvia (3) def. Eric Stadie/Paul Becker Germany (29, Q21) 21-14, 21-16 (0:30)
Round 2
Anders Mol/Christian Sorum Norway (2) def. Quincy Aye/Arnaud Gauthier-Rat France (26, Q7) 21-14, 21-13 (0:27)
Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Viacheslav Krasilnikov Russia (6) def. Casey Patterson/Chase Budinger United States (16) 21-16, 26-28, 15-7 (0:45)
Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov Russia (5) def. Alex Ranghieri/Marco Caminati Italy (13) 21-16, 21-14 (0:34)
Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak Poland (4) def. Jasper Bouter/Ruben Penninga Netherlands (25) 21-17, 21-19 (0:34)
Pedro Solberg/Bruno Oscar Schmidt Brazil (7) def. Valeriy Samoday/Taras Myskiv Russia (19) 28-30, 22-20, 15-11 (1:13)
Julius Thole/Clemens Wickler Germany (10) def. Jyrki Nurminen/Santeri Siren Finland (27, Q8) 21-17, 21-12 (0:30)
Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson Switzerland (12) def. Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner Czech Republic (9) 23-21, 21-13 (0:33)
Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen Netherlands (1) def. Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins Latvia (3) by Forfeit
Round 3
Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Viacheslav Krasilnikov Russia (6) def. Anders Mol/Christian Sorum Norway (2) 21-12, 21-13 (0:28)
Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov Russia (5) def. Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak Poland (4) 21-18, 21-14 (0:32)
Julius Thole/Clemens Wickler Germany (10) def. Pedro Solberg/Bruno Oscar Schmidt Brazil (7) 21-19, 21-9 (0:30)
Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen Netherlands (1) def. Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson Switzerland (12) 21-17, 21-19 (0:38)

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