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Sweat & Ross claim bronze medal at Qinzhou Open

QINZHOU, China, October 15, 2017 - Second seeds Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross of the United States beat top seeds Wang Fan/Xia Xinyi 21-18 and 21-13 to take home the bronze medal at Qinzhou Open on Sunday.

Australian fifth seeds Mariafe Artacho and Taliqua Clancy crushed Polish dark horses Kinga Kolosinska and Katarzyna Kociolek in straight sets here Sunday morning to claim their first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour title at the Qinzhou Open.

Artacho/Clancy swept Kolosinska/Kociolek 21-11 and 21-12 in 28 minutes in the women’s final.

Sweat and Ross were pleased with their second podium finish of the season following a silver medal at the Moscow Open in June.

“It’s always great to win a medal, especially in our first season together and our last tournament of the season,” Sweat said. “I think we are playing really good and to go out with a medal just means a lot to us.”

“I am just happy because we have a long journey home and we can be happy to celebrate,” Ross added.