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Beach volleyball players Betsi Flint and Emily Day celebrate.
Betsi Flint, left, and Emily Day celebrate during their final match in China. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 23, 2018)Betsi Flint and Emily Day took the gold medal and Caitlin Ledoux and Sara Sponcil won bronze at the FIVB three-star event in Haiyang, China on Sunday.

In the final, Flint/Day recorded a 21-16, 21-18 win over Germany’s Sarah Schneider and Cinja Tillman.

“We came here to win and we are happy that we were able to pull it off before we head to Tokyo,” Day said. “Betsi and I did a good job in managing this tournament because it was very hot. We played with aggression and even when we were tired we still connected with one another.”

After a semifinal loss to Flint and Day, Ledoux and Sponcil came back with a 21-18, 21-13 bronze-medal win over their U.S. teammates, Emily Stockman and Kelley Larsen.

“I think we composed ourselves very well under high pressure,” Ledoux said. “In this situation that we were coming off a loss, I’m happy how we stuck to our game plan.”

The top finishers on the men’s side were the teams of Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick and Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans, which both tied for ninth.


1 Emily Day/Betsi Flint
3 Caitlin Ledoux/Sara Sponcil
4 Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman
5T Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock
17T Bree Scarbrough/Amanda Davis

9T Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans
9T Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick
17T Adam Roberts/Troy Field
25T Chase Budinger/Sean Rosenthal


The FIVB World Tour continues this week with a three-star event in Tokyo on July 24-29.

Women’s Main Draw Teams by Ranking

4 Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil (Coach Ryan Mariano)
6 Emily Day/Betsi Flint
11 Irene Pollock/Amanda Dowdy

6 McKenna Thibodeau and Madison Witt

Men’s Main Draw Teams by Ranking

4 Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick
8 Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans

6 Chase Budinger/Sean Rosenthal (Coach Ed Keller)

Medical Support
Wayne Huber
Erica Witter-Davis


Most teams not in Tokyo will play in the AVP Hermosa Beach on July 26-29.

Top seeds in the women’s bracket include:
Sarah Hughes/Summer Ross
Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar
April Ross/Alix Klineman

Top seeds in the men’s bracket include:
Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena
Theo Brunner/John Hyden
Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb

Watch the finals on NBCSN July 29, 9:00-10:30pm PT

Read more at avp.com


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