Unfortunately for us, we ended up getting second place in our match yesterday, which means we won't be advancing further in Corrientes.
Brooke took a flight home, so you are all stuck with me the next couple of days while I train with my coach, scout other teams for our next international tournament and obviously update all of you on how much fun I'm having here in Argentina!
The great news is your other American teams are doing a great job of representing! It looks like we will have six teams advancing into playoffs. (Bravo USA!)
The U.S. women’s beach volleyball team of April Ross and Jennifer Kessy was undefeated after its first two pool play matches on Thursday at the FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam in Argentina.
Ross (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Kessy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), seeded No. 2, opened play in Pool B with a 21-11, 21-13 victory in 33 minutes over Argentina’s No. 31 Ana Gallay and Maria Virginia Zonta. They followed with a 21-16, 21-15 win in 37 minutes over Kazakhstan’s No. 18 Tatyana Mashkova and Irina Tsimbalova.
Ross and Kessy will conclude pool play on Friday against Australia’s No. 15 Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy. The first and second round of women’s single elimination will also be played on Friday.
Corrientes, Argentina — Striving through the damp, bone-chilling air that never dampened the spirits of several thousand spectators, 32 men’s teams struggled through two of three rounds of pool play Thursday setting up their final round robin match and the first of single-elimination play Friday as the $440,000 FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam double-gender tournament continues. Leading seven of the eight pools with 2-0 records are two teams from Brazil and one each from Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, Netherlands and Poland. The other pool is led on point ratio by a team from the United States although all four teams in the group have 1-1 records.
Pool Play will conclude with a single-elimination bracket for the final 24 teams starting Friday with the men also playing the first round of elimination play.
Corrientes, Argentina - It was quick and it was intense, but when it finished eight men’s and eight women’s teams have advanced from Wednesday’s qualifying rounds to Thursday’s start of the 32-team main draw at the $440,000 FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam double-gender tournament. Two men’s teams from Austria and one each from Brazil, Germany, Italy, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland, along with women’s teams from Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Kazakhstan and the United States advanced.
A total of 28 men’s and 18 women’s teams battled in the single-elimination qualification tournament Wednesday to determine the final eight spots in their respective 32-team main draw fields as the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour resumed in South America after a two-week layoff.
TAMPA — It's had ice-skating in the winter. Now, for the first time, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park will offer beach volleyball this summer.
The white-sand court is going in this week for Saturday's Tampa Bay Margarita Festival, but it's staying through July 31.
"We thought it would be pretty cool, like an urban beach kind of thing," said Ferdian Jap of Big City Events, which is organizing the margarita fest.
Promoters liked the idea of setting up and then leaving the court behind for a while. When the Tampa Downtown Partnership saw their plans, it was an easy sell.