At the 4-star FIVB Cancun Hub on Friday, four American teams — April Ross and Alix Klineman, Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser, and Tri Bourne and Trevor Crabb — advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals, in many cases by defeating their fellow Americans.
Saturday’s USA first-match schedule (times local, equivalent to Central time):
10 a.m. — Ross and Klineman vs. Switzerland’s Tanya Huberli and Nina Betschart
11 a.m. — Claes and Sponcil vs. Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes
2 p.m. — Bourne and Trevor Crabb vs. Russia’s Konstantin Semenov and Ilya Leshukov
3 p.m. — Lucena and Dalhausser vs. Netherlands’ Stefans Boermans and Yorick de Groot
Saturday’s other women’s quarterfinals at the third of three FIVB events in the Mexican resort city have Cuba’s Lidiannis Echeverria and Yanisleidis Sanchez vs. Australia’s Mariafe Artacho and Taliqua Clancy, Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda “Duda” Lisboa vs. the Netherlands’ Marleen Van Iersel and Pleun Ypma.
The other men’s quarterfinals are Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Alvaro Filho vs. Qatar’s Cherif Samba and Ahmed Tijan and Poland’s Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak vs. Italy’s Adrian Carambula and Enrico Rossi.
Four American pairs were eliminated Friday, Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat, Emily Stockman and Kelley Kolinske, Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb, and Theo Brunner and Chaim Schalk.
Ross and Klineman began the day in pool play, defeating Germany’s Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider (21-12, 21-18) to advance to playoffs. There they beat Japan’s Miki Ishii and Megumi Murakami (21-14, 21-16) and Walsh Jennings and Sweat (21-8, 21-17), preventing them from improving their Olympic qualification aspirations.
Claes and Sponcil only played once, defeating Germany’s Karla Borger and Julia Sude (21-16, 19-21, 17-15).
Kolinske and Stockman began with a pool play win over Norway’s Ingrid Lunde and Emilie Olimstad (22-20, 24-22). They defeated Switzerland’s Joana Heidrich and Anouk Verge-Depre in the first round (21-18, 21-13) before losing to the Netherlands’ Van Iersel and Ypma (21-14, 16-21, 15-11).
Kolinske and Stockman finish in 17th and will not add to their Olympic totals.
Bourne and Trevor Crabb defeated Poland’s Michal Bryl and Grzegorz Fijalek (21-14, 21-18) to break pool. In the playoffs they beat Spain’s Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira (26-24, 21-18) in the first round and fellow Americans Taylor Crabb, Trevor’s brother, and Gibb (26-28, 21-19, 15-13) to advance to the quarterfinals.
Schalk and Brunner advanced to the playoffs after a win over Switzerland’s Florian Breer and Marco Krattiger (21-14, 21-10). They won their first round against Canada’s Grant O’Gorman and Be Saxton (Schalk’s former Canadian partner) 21-19, 21-15 before a loss to the Netherlands’ Boermans and de Groot.