2018-07-13 17:06:00 CET
Ross and Klineman victorious on their first match against Summer and Hughes
When American female beach volleyball went through a true revolution last March, right after the Fort Lauderdale Major, several new teams were formed. After all the players finally found new partners, two duos stood out in the country – the ones of Summer Ross/Sara Hughes and April Ross/Alix Klineman.
The teams quickly proved they could do well nationally, as both won AVP events, and internationally, as Ross and Klineman, who were together since November, won a gold medal in the four-star event in the Hague in January, while Summer and Hughes stepped in the podium last weekend with the bronze in Espinho.
After four months playing in the same events, the two tandems finally crossed paths in the Round of 16 of the Swatch Major Gstaad and the game, that lived up to the expectations, went Ross and Klineman’s way, as team coached by former player Jennifer Kessy defeated their fellow American rivals 2-1 (21-18, 16-21, 15-9).
The result puts Klineman and Ross in the first-ever quarterfinals in a Beach Major Series as the duo had to settle to a 25th-place finish in Fort Lauderdale after back-to-back setbacks on pool play.
Their next opponents in the Swiss Alps will be world ranking leaders Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Canada, who took down Russia’s Svetlana Kholomina and Nadezda Makroguzova in two sets (21-16, 21-17) in the Round of 16.
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