Six USA groups into top-10


TLAXCALA, MEXICO — When USA groups are launched on the Tlaxcala Bullring for this week’s World Championships, the track selection for the DJ is a straightforward one, if not a bit cliché.

“American girl!” crows the eternally timeless Lenny Kravitz. “Keep away from me! American girl, mama let me be!”

Cliché it might be, however it’s additionally sage recommendation in Mexico.

One week into World Championships, 4 of the 5 American ladies stay, advancing into Thursday’s spherical of 16, all assured, on the minimal, a top-10 end. To distinction this from final 12 months, the place solely two USA groups completed within the high 10 — Sara Hughes and Kelley Kolinske took fifth, Terese Cannon and Sarah Sponcil completed ninth — is a bit staggering. Simply when it was simple to suppose the USA was deep, it grew 100% deeper.

Kristen Nuss and Taryn Kloth continued making comparatively fast work of their opponents, sweeping Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Molly McBain (23-21, 21-12) in 37 minutes, persevering with a development of 4 straight set matches, all beneath 40 minutes.

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Taryn Kloth passes a ball on the Seashore Volleyball World Championships/Volleyball World photograph

Betsi Flint, Julia Scoles, a defensive machine

Betsi Flint and Julia Scoles have been equally dominant, although there was a respectable scare that they’d drop their first set in opposition to the Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannova and Marie-Sara Stochlova. Down 18-20, Scoles and Flint have been gifted a missed serve, a present they took benefit of. A Scoles floater put the Czechs out of system, creating a straightforward transition on-two kill to knot it at 20 apiece. Another choice after an ideal dig from Flint gave the benefit to the USA, and three factors later, they’d seal the set, 23-21.

That was the final time it will be shut.

Scoles piled up eight blocks, almost quadrupling her whole for the match. Flint, proprietor of arguably essentially the most depraved float serve on the planet, notched 4 aces, upping her tally to fifteen, second-most within the discipline, behind solely Germany’s Louisa Lippmann (16).

It was, merely put, a defensive masterpiece.

Terese Cannon, Megan Kraft win wild one over Brazil

Masterpiece just isn’t the descriptor most would use when explaining Terese Cannon and Megan Kraft’s topsy-turvy, wild journey of a victory over Brazil’s Andressa Cavalcanti and Vitoria De Souza (22-24, 24-22, 15-12). Cannon and Kraft, down everything of the primary set, very almost stole it after trailing 16-19. Then the reverse almost occurred within the second, because the USA led nearly all of the best way earlier than ceding their lead as nicely, hanging on to outlive simply as Brazil did within the first.

The third, after all, was hardly any totally different, a mercurial, back-and-forth affair received by Cannon and Kraft, who’ve develop into one of many extra pleasant storylines of the week. Kraft is taking part in full-time protection for the primary time in her profession. How’s she doing? Oh, simply third within the discipline in digs per match (13.50), whereas Nuss leads with an absurd 17.75. Cannon and Kraft, taking part in in simply their second match as a crew, have now received 4 straight.

Per week in the past, on the Paris Elite16, after dropping three straight pool play matches by the smallest of margins, Cannon couldn’t resolve whether or not to be discouraged or inspired by the expertise. They performed nicely…and have been shut…however they only couldn’t end out a match.

That has since modified this week, with three straight wins, together with a stunner over China’s Chen Xue and Xinyi Xia to assert the highest spot in pool.

Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes survive and advance in shut win

Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes, too, required a little bit one thing additional on Wednesday evening. After profitable pool, they survived a white-knuckler with Austria’s Klinger sisters, Dorina and Ronja (27-25, 19-21, 15-9). It was removed from the cleanest match of their partnership, however at this level within the match, a win is a win is a win.

Survive and advance.

Miles Evans, Chase Budinger bow out, pocketing home cash 

The lads, for essentially the most half, matched the tempo of the ladies. Whereas Chase Budinger and Miles Evans fell within the morning match to Sweden’s David Ahman and Jonatan Hellvig (17-21, 15-21), it was a match they weren’t anticipated to win, in a match they solely snuck into, after breaking pool in a fashion that was little shy of a miracle. It was home cash they have been taking part in on, and so they beat the home, raking in 640 Olympic rating and entry factors and $7,000 in prize cash.

All in all, the World Championships have been a win for Budinger and Evans, even when their file solely displays two precise wins, over Ukraine and Mexico.

Brunner-Crabb, Benesh-Partain proceed piling up wins

For Trevor Crabb and Theo Brunner, and Miles Partain and Andy Benesh, the wins proceed piling up. Crabb and Brunner swept Australia’s Chris McHugh and Paul Burnett (21-15, 21-17) whereas Benesh and Partain swept Poland’s Piotr Kantor and Jakub Zdybek (21-17, 21-16).

“Simply glad we didn’t play at 9,” Brunner joked after, referencing their first three matches of the match, all of which started at 9 p.m.

Thursday’s spherical of 16 match might be one other 6 p.m. bout for Brunner and Crabb, in opposition to one other pair of Aussies in Thomas Hodges and Zach Schubert. It is going to be the primary assembly between the 2 groups, although after all that didn’t hold Crabb from lobbing his regular pleasant photographs throughout the bow on Instagram.

“Temper,” he wrote because the caption to an image of legendary Aussie Steve Irwin with a crocodile.

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Miles Partain and Andy Benesh have a good time one other win on the Seashore Volleyball World Championships/Volleyball World photograph

Thursday’s schedule of the Seashore Volleyball World Championships

Cannon and Kraft would be the first in motion on Thursday, squaring off with the 8 seeds, Katja Stam and Raisa Schoon of the Netherlands, at 5 p.m. native. (4 p.m. Pacific). Whereas Crabb and Brunner are assembly the Aussies at 6, Nuss and Kloth will play Brazilians Agatha and Rebecca, who upset Germans Laura Ludwig and Louisa Lippmann (19-21, 22-20, 15-8).

At 7 p.m., Partain and Benesh will play Italians Adrian Carambula and Alex Ranghieri for the third time this season. Partain and Benesh received each earlier conferences in straight units, in Montreal (21-17, 21-18) and Hamburg (21-14, 21-16).

Scoles and Flint, and Cheng and Hughes, will play concurrently within the 8 p.m. nightcaps, the previous in opposition to European Champions Nina Brunner and Tanja Huberli of Switzerland, the latter in opposition to Latvians Tina Graudina and Anastasija Samoilova, themselves former European Champions.



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