Coppola and Nuss Finish Fifth at FISU Championships

by Grant Kauvar
Coppola and Nuss Finish Fifth at FISU Championships

MUNICH, Germany – Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss finished a successful week at the FISU World University Championships as they won their match for fifth place on Friday.

The tournament began with 32 pairs from 29 countries on Monday. After sweeping through pool play, Coppola and Nuss earned a first round bye and then defeated the Japanese pair of Asami Shiba and Satono Ishitsubo to advance to the quarterfinals.

In its quarterfinals match, the American duo fell to the ultimate tournament champions, twins Megan and Nicole McNamara from Canada. In order to advance to the match for fifth place, Coppola and Nuss had to go through the Austrian pair of Nadine Strauss and Franziska Friedl in an elimination dual.

On Friday, Coppola and Nuss took on the Swiss duo of Fabienne Geiger and Anja Licka. The American pair earned a tough victory in set one, 25-23. The second set would prove to be less difficult as Coppola and Nuss took it, 21-13, to clinch fifth place.

Coppola and Nuss earned their way in to the FISU World University Championships after winning the USAV Collegiate Beach Championship back in May at Hermosa Beach, California.


Order of Finish:

First Place – Nicole McNamara/Megan McNamara (Canada)

Second Place – María Belén Carro Márquez de Acuña/Paula Soria Gutiérrez (Spain)

Third Place – Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden (USA)

Fourth Place – Zoé Vergé-Dépré/Esmée Böbner (Switzerland)

Fifth Place – Claire Coppola/Kristen Nuss (USA)