Coppola and Nuss Begin World University Games 2-0

by Grant Kauvar
Coppola and Nuss Begin World University Games 2-0

MUNICH, Germany – Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss kicked off pool play at the FISU World University Championship with victories over pairs from Germany and Poland on Monday.

Coppola and Nuss earned the right to represent the United States of America for the games in May after winning the USAV Collegiate Beach Championship against some of the top collegiate competition in America.

There are 32 beach volleyball pairs from 29 different countries competing in Munich.

To begin the tournament, Coppola and Nuss defeated the German pair of Leonie Klinke and Leonie Körtzinger in three sets. After Coppola and Nuss took the first set, 21-17, Klinke and Körtzinger forced a third set with a 21-16 win in the second set. Coppola and Nuss took the deciding set, 15-11, to start the tournament off with a victory.

In their second match of the day, Coppola and Nuss defeated Marta Duda and Marta Lodej from Poland in straight sets, 21-14 and 21-17, as the American duo began pool play 2-0.

Coppola and Nuss will cap off pool play on Tueday when they square off against Manolina Konstantinou and Zoi Konstantopoulou from Cyprus at 3:40 a.m. CT. Konstantinou and Konstantopoulou are 2-0 in the pool after defeating the same German and Polish duos as Coppola and Nuss. The match will be available to stream live.