The World Series of Beach Volleyball kicked off today in Long Beach, California. The FIVB-sanctioned exhibition format of this year’s tournament is USA vs the World. Teams from the USA, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Spain are competing.
Day One of pool play took place today with the US teams facing each other while the international teams battled. On the men’s side, 7 teams went 2-0: Nick Lucena/Phil Dalhausser (USA), Theo Brunner/Casey Patterson (USA), John Hyden/Ryan Doherty (USA), Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb (USA), Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira (Spain), Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter (Canada) and Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak (Poland).
In the women’s pools, Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross (USA), April Ross/Lauren Fendrick (USA), Sara Hughes/Kelly Claes (USA), Talita/Larissa (Brazil), Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst (Germany) and Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada) won both their matches.
For complete results, visit wsobv.com. Pool play finishes tomorrow with the quarterfinals starting later in the day.
Be sure to follow all the live action on ESPN2 and ESPN3. The women’s finals will be aired Sunday, July 16 at 12pm EST on ABC.
Below are some photos from Day One of Pool Play.