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Volleyball: St. Pete’s Ferreira still in play

Tribune correspondent


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ST. PETERSBURG — Raquel Ferreira of St. Petersburg lost in the quarterfinals Saturday of the AVP St. Pete Open, but she and teammate Kristen Batt of Venice remain alive in the double-elimination beach volleyball tournament.

A day after beating the top-seeded team in the women’s bracket, eighth-seeded Ferreira and Batt fell to No. 4 Lauren Fendrick and Brittany Hochevar, 21-17, 21-14. Ferreira and Batt were sent to the contenders’ bracket and will play a 10 a.m. match today against three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and partner Whitney Pavlik, seeded second.

The winner of that match will advance to a 2:05 p.m. semifinal against seventh-seeded Emily Day and Summer Ross. Fendrick and Hochevar secured a spot in the other semifinal.

Top-seeded Jen Kessy and April Ross, the 2012 Olympic silver medalists, play at 10 a.m. today for a berth in the semifinals.

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