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2017-07-27 10:31:00 CEST

#WorldChampsVienna pool preview – part 8

It’s our final preview – women’s pools J, K and L!

Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson are playing in their first championships togetherHeather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson are playing in their first championships together

We preview all 24 pools ahead of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 in Vienna – here’s our look at the last three women’s pools, J, K and L.

Pool J – Women

Meet the teams

Hüberli/Betschart (Switzerland)
Bansley/Wilkerson (Canada)
Gallay/Zonta (Argentina)
Agudo/Gabi Brito (Venezuela)

Click here for the Pool J schedule

The lowdown

Pool J is hugely competitive affair with all four teams holding live chances of progressing to the knockout stages. Leading the way in the world rankings in the group are Swiss young guns Hüberli/Betschart, who have already won bronze at the Poreč Major this season. Canadians Bansley/Wilkerson joined forces at the tail end of last season and have been ultra-consistent in 2017, finishing in the top 10 in all six international tournaments. Argentina are represented by Gallay/Zonta while a second South American team are represented in the shape of Agudo/Gabi Brito of Venezuela, who took part in the Olympics last year.

Game to watch

The standout match in this pool is the Swiss girls against the Canadians. It will be their first meeting on the international stage and it could be a crucial one as it is both teams’ final group match.

April Ross (left with Kerri Walsh Jennings) won the title in 2009.April Ross (left with Kerri Walsh Jennings) won the title in 2009.

Pool K – Women

Meet the teams

Bawden/Clancy (Australia)
Fendrick/A.Ross (USA)
Laird/Ngauamo (Australia)
Wang/Xue (China)

Click here for the Pool K schedule

The lowdown

Two Aussies teams go head-to-head in Pool K, with 2016 Olympians Bawden/Clancy and Laird/Nguamo meeting on the opening day of the tournament. However, two previous winners hide dangerously in the pool. The star turn in the pool is of course April Ross, who teams up with Lauren Fendrick. Ross split with former partner Kerri Walsh Jennings but won gold with Jennifer Kessy in Stavanger in 2009. Chen Xue won the top prize in Stare Jabonki in 2013 with Xi Zhang but this pairing qualified via the Asian qualification process.

Game to watch

Two former champions go into battle in the first pool play matches in Pool K as April Ross – the 2009 champ – takes on Chen Xue, who won the 2013 title. It’s a match on the Red Bull Beach Arena that you can’t miss on the opening day of the tournament. 

Schützenhöfer/Schwaiger (in red) are flying the flag for Austria.Schützenhöfer/Schwaiger (in red) are flying the flag for Austria.

Pool L – Women

Meet the teams

Schützenhöfer/Schwaiger (Austria)
Kolocova/Kvapolova (Czech Republic)
Birlova/Makroguzova (Russia)
Radarong/Udomchavee (Thailand)

Click here for the Pool L schedule

The lowdown

Austria’s Schützenhöfer/Schwaiger will be well supported as they go in search of a place in the elimination round. The pair gained their spot as hosts but both have plenty of experience of world championships with Schwaiger finishing fifth twice. Czech duo Kolocova/Kvapolova have been playing together for seven seasons but enter their first championships. Russia’s only women’s team, Birlova/Makroguzova made it to Vienna through the European qualification route.

Game to watch

Leading Austrian women’s team Schutzenhofer/Schwaiger will have the backing of the home crowd in all of their matches on the Red Bull Beach Arena, but their final game against Czech pair Kolocova/Kvapilova could be crucial for both teams as they eye a place in the elimination rounds.

 

Previous previews: Previous previews: Men pools A-Cwomen pools A-Cmen pools D-Fwomen pools D-Fmen pools G-Iwomen’s pools G-I, men’s pools J-L.

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