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Flint-Scoles are 1:1 at the start of the Elite16 group match of the Pro Beach Tour Vienna

Flint-Scoles are 1:1 at the start of the Elite16 group match of the Pro Beach Tour Vienna
Betsy Flint watches Julia Scoles beat Teegan Van Gunst during the All-USA Battle on Wednesday/Photo from Volleyball World

The USA Volleyball beach teams offered a little bit of everything from qualifying on Tuesday to the start of group matches on Wednesday at the Beach Pro Tour Vienna Elite16.

Betsi Flint and Julia Scoles drew 1-1 on Wednesday, with their win over fellow countrymen Kim Hildreth and Teegan Van Gunst. Hildreth and Van Gunst survived qualifying to advance with a surprise win over Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Louisa Lippmann.

In the men’s competition, Andy Benesh and Miles Partain begin group play on Thursday in their last tournament before the Olympic Games.

Hildreth and Van Gunst began with the qualifying match, defeating the young Czechs Kylie Neuschaeferova and Marketa Svozilova before beating Ludwig, the 2016 Olympic champion who was making her comeback after giving birth to two children, and Lippmann 30-28 and 24-22.

In group play, however, they opened with Flint and Scoles winning 21-15, 26-28, 15-13. Flint and Scoles then lost to the Swiss pair Zoe Verge-Depre and Esmee Bobner. Hildreth and Van Gunst ended the day with a 21-16, 21-15 loss to Spain’s Daniela Alvarez and Tania Moreno, the TCU pair who took this year off from college and will represent their country in Paris. They too tied 1-1 after losing to the Swiss.

Last weekend, the new team of former USC Trojans Megan Kraft and Terese Cannon could do no wrong, making it to the finals of the Gstaad Elite16. On Wednesday, they lost to Australian Olympians Mariafe Artacho and Taliqua Clancy 17-21, 21-18, 15-12, but bounced back with a 21-18, 21-18 win over Ukraine’s Maryna Hladun and Tetiana Lazarenko. On Thursday, they play their former USC teammate Tina Graudina and Latvian teammate Anastasija Samilova. The No. 1-seeded Latvians are 2-0 after wins over the Ukrainians and Australians.

The only American men’s pair in qualifying, Tim Brewster and Logan Webber, were beaten by Spain’s Adrian Gavira and Pablo Herrera 21-16, 21-17. Benesh and Partain, seeded sixth, will play Germans Lukas Pfretzschner and Sven Winter and Australians Paul Burnett and Christopher McHugh on Thursday.