Wednesday marked the start of pool play at the 2015 ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball in Long Beach, with women’s teams playing twice, and men’s teams playing once.
Top-seeded men's duo Casey Patterson and Jake Gibb lost their opening match in three sets to Saymon Barbosa and Gustavo Carvalhaes, a Brazilian duo who advanced to the main draw through the qualifying rounds.
The 24th-seeded team of Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena defeated ninth-seeded Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk of Canada, and 18th-seeded Tri Bourne and John Hyden beat Chile’s Esteban Grimalt and Marco Grimalt.
Among the women, top-seeded Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas easily won their first two matches, as did eighth-seeded Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross.
The top 24 men’s and top 24 women’s teams from Thursday’s play will advance to the elimination rounds Friday.