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Beach Volleyball - 17. July 2007.

Akers-Niles Hanson Fall to Host Country Brazil


Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (July 16, 2007) –

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photo Akers Vs Brazil US Volleyball

 


“We learned quite a bit today,” Akers said. “The international game is much, much faster. We learned that we need to be flexible and adjust quicker. Otherwise, you can find yourself down 14-7 in a hurry and it is difficult to come back.”

Both Americans totaled five kills apiece, while Niles Hanson added an ace and six successful digs. Akers totaled two digs.

In contrast, Larissa scored 12 kills and two aces. Juliana’s net defense of six blocks stifled the U.S. attack and complimented it with 10 kills.

“Now we know what to expect,” Niles Hanson said. “We are here to have fun, but also play well.”

Brazil took charge of the opening set with a 4-0 run with two aces and two blocks. The U.S. came back to within two at 5-3, only to see Brazil surge to a 13-6 advantage on a 8-3 run. Brazil held no less than a seven-point advantage the rest of the opening stanza.

USA took the opening point of the second set, but Brazil rattled off five unanswered points to assume a 5-1 margin. The host team extended the advantage to seven points at 9-2 and led 14-6. Niles Hanson moved to the service line and helped the U.S. to close to within four at 14-10 on a 4-0 run. Brazil answered by scoring three of the next four points for a 17-11 lead and held match point at 20-13. The U.S. saved three match points before Brazil ended it at 21-16.

Akers-Niles Hanson challenge the El Salvador pair of Soler/Molina on July 17 at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Puerto Rico’s Yantin/Ruiz at on July 18 at 2 p.m. ET.

The women’s beach volleyball competition consists of 16 teams each competing in round robin pool play with four teams, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. Pools A (Men) and E (Women) consist of seeds one, eight, nine and 16. Pools B (Men) and F (Women) consist of seeds two, seven, 10 and 15. Pools C (Men) and G (Women) consist of seeds three, six, 11 and 14. Pools D (Men) and F (Women) consist of seeds four, five, 12 and 13.

The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played with single elimination with July 19 quarterfinals matches of Pool E winner versus Pool H second-place finisher, Pool H winner versus Pool E second-place finisher, Pool F winner versus Pool G second-place finisher and Pool G winner versus Pool F second-place finisher. Semifinals follow on July 20 and the championship on July 21 at 7 p.m. ET.

USA Stats
Angie Akers: 5 kills, 17 attacks, 0 blocks, 2 digs
Brooke Niles Hanson: 5 kills, 33 attacks, 0 blocks, 1 ace
Team: 10 kills, 50 attacks, 27 serves (1 ace, 2 faults), 0 blocks, 8 digs

Brazil Stats
Larissa Franca: 12 kills, 18 attacks, 0 blocks, 2 aces
Juliana Silva: 10 kils, 21 attacks, 6 blocks, 0 aces
Team: 22 kills, 39 attacks, 41 serves (2 aces, 4 faults), 6 blocks, 9 digs

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (July 16, 2007) – The U.S. Women’s Beach tandem of Angie Akers and Brooke Niles Hanson faced a daunting challenge by facing the host country duo of Juliana Silva and Larissa Franca to open the Pan American Games on July 16. The Brazilians pleased their fans by winning 21-10, 21-16 and providing lessons for Akers and Niles Hanson.

“We learned quite a bit today,” Akers said. “The international game is much, much faster. We learned that we need to be flexible and adjust quicker. Otherwise, you can find yourself down 14-7 in a hurry and it is difficult to come back.”

Both Americans totaled five kills apiece, while Niles Hanson added an ace and six successful digs. Akers totaled two digs.

In contrast, Larissa scored 12 kills and two aces. Juliana’s net defense of six blocks stifled the U.S. attack and complimented it with 10 kills.

“Now we know what to expect,” Niles Hanson said. “We are here to have fun, but also play well.”

Brazil took charge of the opening set with a 4-0 run with two aces and two blocks. The U.S. came back to within two at 5-3, only to see Brazil surge to a 13-6 advantage on a 8-3 run. Brazil held no less than a seven-point advantage the rest of the opening stanza.

USA took the opening point of the second set, but Brazil rattled off five unanswered points to assume a 5-1 margin. The host team extended the advantage to seven points at 9-2 and led 14-6. Niles Hanson moved to the service line and helped the U.S. to close to within four at 14-10 on a 4-0 run. Brazil answered by scoring three of the next four points for a 17-11 lead and held match point at 20-13. The U.S. saved three match points before Brazil ended it at 21-16.

Akers-Niles Hanson challenge the El Salvador pair of Soler/Molina on July 17 at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Puerto Rico’s Yantin/Ruiz at on July 18 at 2 p.m. ET.

The women’s beach volleyball competition consists of 16 teams each competing in round robin pool play with four teams, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. Pools A (Men) and E (Women) consist of seeds one, eight, nine and 16. Pools B (Men) and F (Women) consist of seeds two, seven, 10 and 15. Pools C (Men) and G (Women) consist of seeds three, six, 11 and 14. Pools D (Men) and F (Women) consist of seeds four, five, 12 and 13.

The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played with single elimination with July 19 quarterfinals matches of Pool E winner versus Pool H second-place finisher, Pool H winner versus Pool E second-place finisher, Pool F winner versus Pool G second-place finisher and Pool G winner versus Pool F second-place finisher. Semifinals follow on July 20 and the championship on July 21 at 7 p.m. ET.

USA Stats
Angie Akers: 5 kills, 17 attacks, 0 blocks, 2 digs
Brooke Niles Hanson: 5 kills, 33 attacks, 0 blocks, 1 ace
Team: 10 kills, 50 attacks, 27 serves (1 ace, 2 faults), 0 blocks, 8 digs

Brazil Stats
Larissa Franca: 12 kills, 18 attacks, 0 blocks, 2 aces
Juliana Silva: 10 kils, 21 attacks, 6 blocks, 0 aces
Team: 22 kills, 39 attacks, 41 serves (2 aces, 4 faults), 6 blocks, 9 digs

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