Jennifer Kessy and April Ross started well against fellow FIVB Olympic Hero Sanne Keizer, winning the first set confidently 21-15, but Kessy’s injury allowed the Dutch to fight back without strong resistance from the Americans 12-21. But Kessy and April proved their class making a comeback in the third set (15-8).
German FIVB Heroes Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig suffered their first loss against the Brazilian duo Talita-Antonelli in a three-set thriller. Losing 9 match points to the Germans in the second set, Talita and Maria came back strong in the third to claim an early advance to Round 1 (21-19, 29-31, 15-13).
In Pool F host Zara Dampney lost to Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti in two sets 0-2 (18-21, 12-21). The Italian pair have survived two matches undefeated and have now a secured place in the quarterfinals as well.