FIVB Yangzhou Four Star
- Oct. 9-14, 2018
- Yanzhou, China
The men’s pool winners were crowned on Thursday. The rest of the elimination field was formed on Friday with three teams winning in tiebreak.
Top seeded Ahmed Tijan/Cherif Younousse of Qatar bounced back after dropping their tournament opener, topping Italy’s Marco Caminati/Enrico Rossi 26-24, 18-21, 15-8 to remain in the competition.
Australia’s Cole Durant/Damien Schumann and Thailand’s Nuttanon Inkiew/Sedtawat Padsawud also went the distance to move on.
After pool play wrapped up, the remainder of the Round of 16 field was decided.
Tijan/Younousse again were pushed to the brink, this time hanging on for a 21-19, 16-21, 15-10 win over China’s Peng Gao/Likejiang Ha.
Also winning in Round 1 were:
- #14 Rob Seidl/Philipp Waller (Austria)
- #18 Stafford Slick/Casey Patterson (USA)
- #1 Ahmed Tijan/Cherif Younousse (Qatar)
- #7 Alison Cerutti/Andre Loyola Stein (Brazil)
- #21 Miles Evans/Bill Kolinske (USA)
- #6 Martins Plavins/Edgars Tocs (Latvia)
- #29 Taras Myskiv/Valeriy Samoday (Russia)
- #26 Jakub Szalankiewicz/Maciej Rudol (Poland)
Myskiv/Samoday ousted third-seeded countrymen Nikita Liamin/Igor Velichko 21-16, 21-17.
Evans/Kolinske moved on as Ukraine’s Sergiy Popov/Iaroslav Gordieiev withdrew due to injury, while Slick/Patterson topped Nuttanon/Sedtawat 22-20, 21-11.
The round of 16 field includes three Brazilian teams, three Americans and three Russians.
Top seeded Ahmed Tijan/Cherif are set to play 11th-seeded Canadians Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter.
The lone top 10 matchup features ninth-seeded Czech pair Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner against sixth-seeded Latvians Plavins/Tocs.
Men’s Round 2 action is set to begin at 9 p.m. ET Friday.