2015-07-09 09:40:00 CET
Both men and women are in Main Draw play at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series in Gstaad, Switzerland on Thursday, July 9. And the competition is so packed with talent that the new world champions aren’t even the top seeds.
With 48 matches, it’ll take five courts and 10 hours to handle all the action. By the end of the day, it will be clear which women have their heads above water at the top of their pools, while the men are only just getting their feet wet. Key matches:
Three of the eight women’s pools still have two undefeated teams who will go head-to-head to try to clinch the top of their group. In Pool A, Brazll’s Larissa França and Talita Antunes, who are the tournament’s top seeds ahead even of new world champions Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas (also of Brazil), will play Americans Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat Youngquist. In Pool H, Canadians Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley, the Poreč Major silver medalists, will contend against a strong eighth-seed team from the tournament’s home country of Switzerland, Nadine Zumkehr and Joana Heidrich.
And in the most anticipated matchup of the unbeatens, American legend Kerri Walsh Jennings, soaring back from a shoulder injury, and her partner April Ross (also an Olympic medalist), will go up against the always-dangerous Karla Borger and Britta Büthe of Germany in Pool G.
As the men begin their own Pool play, there will be high seeds on every court, including: Top seeds and new world silver medalists Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst of the Netherlands playing on Center Court and Side Court 3; number two seeds and fresh world bronze medalists Evandro Goncalves and Pedro Solberg also on Center Court as well as Side Court 2; the new world champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt, with the third seed, on Side Court 4 and Side Court 5; and the St. Petersburg Grand Slam winners, number 4 seeds Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson of the USA, on Center Court and Side Court 5.