COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Eight American beach volleyball teams are competing for a $60,000 first-place prize at the 2017 FIVB Beach World Championships from Vienna, Austria.

The United States sent the maximum four women’s and four men’s teams to the 2017 FIVB Beach World Championships, which are being held on the Danube River in Vienna. Teams are competing at the 10-day tournament, with pool play entering its fourth day of action on Monday, July 31.

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The U.S. started the World Champs with a 3-0 record after three women’s teams earned victories on July 28. Since then, the USA has only dropped three matches in 17 played among the eight teams.

Olympians Lauren Fendrick and April Ross became the first team to lock up a win of their pool, following their 2-0 victory against Australia on Monday morning that gave them a 3-0 record to start. Ross said after the victory, “We want to put ourselves in the best possible position to go the farthest we can in this tournament.”

In men’s pool play, Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena faced off against compatriots John Hyden/Ryan Doherty in their opening match. Dalhausser/Lucena won the three-set thriller, 17-21, 21-18, 16-14 on July 29.

Women’s pool play concludes on Tuesday, Aug. 1, and the Round of 32 single elimination bracket will then start. Men’s pool play goes through Aug. 2, when their Round of 32 starts, plus the Women’s Round of 16, all on Wednesday.

Matches are live streaming free through the Swatch Major Series Beachstream, and you can view replays and exclusive FIVB content on the FIVB Youtube.

Team USA records as of completion of U.S. matches on July 31:
Lauren Fendrick/April Ross, 3-0
Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross, 2-0
Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes, 2-1
Emily Day/Nicole Branagh, 1-1
Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, 2-0
Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb, 2-0
Casey Patterson/Theo Brunner, 2-0
John Hyden/Ryan Doherty, 1-1

2017 FIVB Beach World Championships roster 
Athletes    Coach Entry
Brooke Sweat  Summer Ross   Main Draw
Lauren Fendrick April Ross Jon Daze  Main Draw
Kelly Claes  Sara Hughes Jose Loiola  Main Draw
Emily Day  Nicole Branagh Marcio Sicoli  Main Draw
       
Phil Dalhausser Nick Lucena Jason Lochhead Main Draw
Casey Patterson  Theo Brunner Rich Lambourne Main Draw
Jake Gibb Taylor Crabb Marcio Sicoli  Main Draw
John Hyden Ryan Doherty Ty Tramblie  Main Draw
     
Staff     
Sean Scott  Team Lead/Video   
Aimee Miyazawa  USAV Beach Head Athletic Trainer   
Anthony Darmiento  USAV Strength and Conditioning   
Kevin Pierce  Sports Medicine, DC DACBSP   
Elmo Agatep  Team Doctor, M.D.   
Tyler Widdison  Scout   

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July 28-Aug. 6 FIVB Beach World Championships
July 31-Aug. 2 USA Junior Beach Championships
Aug. 17-20 AVP Manhattan Beach
Aug. 22-27 FIVB World Tour Finals
Aug. 31 – Sept. 3 AVP Chicago

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