Aalsmeer Medal Rounds Set for Sunday, Could Feature American Men

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 28th, 2017 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

FIVB Aalsmeer One-Star

Top seeded Joy Stubbe and Madelein Meppelink of the Netherlands will play for gold in front of their home crowd on Sunday after fighting through a three-setter in the quarterfinals and besting Japan’s Miki Ishii and Megumi Murakami in the semis.

The Dutch pair will take on Germany’s Kim Behrens and Sandra Ittlinger for the title after the duo survived a pair of tie breakers in the quarters and semifinals. The Germans bested Americans Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen 21-17, 16-21, 15-9 to make the title match.

Flint and Larsen advanced to the semifinals after taking out countrywomen Emily Stockman and Kimberly DiCello in straight sets in the quarters. Flint and Larsen, who won gold at the Nanjing two star (June 18) and Ulsan One Star (July 22), look to grab their first FIVB bronze in 2017.

The bronze medal match is set for 6:30 a.m. ET with the gold medal contest slated for 7:45 a.m. ET. Both will be streamed live on the Dutch volleyball YouTube channel at the link above.


On the men’s side, Saturday’s action featured quarterfinal play. Moving on to Sunday’s semifinals are American duo Bill Kolinske and Miles Evans, Italians Marco Caminati and Enrico Rossi, Ukraine’s Segiy Popov/Oleksii Denin,  and Turkey’s Murat Giginoglu and Hasan Huseyin Mermer. 

The Italians and Ukranians will face off at 4:30 a.m. ET, while The Americans will battle the Turks in the second semifinal, set for 5:30 a.m. ET.

Kolinske/Evans and Mermer/Giginoglu moved on with straight set wins over Dutch pairs Jannes Van Der Ham/Sven Vismans and Dirk Boehle/Steven Van de Velde.

Caminati/Rossi rallied after dropping their opening set to France’s Thiercy/Gathier to win 15-21, 25-17, 15-9. Popov/Denin also had to survive a tiebreak to advance, besting Dutch duo Tom Van Steenis/Ruben Penninga (21-17, 16-21, 16-14).

Men’s Quarterfinal Results

Enrico Rossi/Marco Caminati (Italy) def. Maxime Thiercy/Arnaud Gauthier-Rat (France) 2-1 (15-21, 21-17, 15-9)

Segiy Popov/Oleksii Denin (Ukraine) def. Tom Van Steenis/Ruben Penninga (Netherlands) 2-1 (21-17, 16-21, 16-14)

Murat Giginoglu/Hasan Huseyin Mermer (Turkey) def. Dirk Boehle/Steven Van de Velde (Netherlands) 2-0 (21-19, 21-17)

Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans (USA) def. Jannes Van Der Ham/Sven Vismans (Netherlands) 2-0 (21-12, 21-13)



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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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