All Russian Men’s Finals Set at Yangzhou Four Star

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 13th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

FIVB Yangzhou Four Star

It will be an all-Russian final at the Yangzhou Four Star as No. 4 Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Oleg Stoyanovskiy and No. 5 Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov will battle for the top podium spot Saturday night.

No. 10 Gustavo “Guto” Carvalhaes/Saymon Barbosa Santos of Brazil will take on No. 11 Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter from Canada for third place.

Both Russian pairs knocked out American duos, with Semenov/Leshukov topping Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick (21-19, 21-16) in Round 2 and Krasilnikov/Stoyanovskiy downed Miles Evans/Bill Kolinske (21-14, 21-15).

Semenov/Leshukov then ousted Austrians Robin Seidl/Philipp Waller (21-8, 23-21) and earned a spot in the finals as Pedlow/Schachter pulled out of the semifinals due to injury.

Krasilnikov/Stoyanovskiy pummeled Latvians Martins Plavins/Edgars Tocs (21-11, 21-8) to move on to the semifinals, where they issued Guto/Saymon a 21-16, 21-12 loss.

Americans Ryan Doherty/Billy Allen also bowed out in Round 2, falling in tiebreak against Poland’s Jakub Szalankiewicz/Maciej Rudol.

The bronze medal match is at 11:30 p.m. ET Saturday, while the championship match is set for 3 a.m. ET Sunday.

Krasilnikov/Stoyanovskiy are looking for their second podium finish of 2018, following a runnerup effort at the Xiamen Four Star in April. A win would give the pair its first FIVB title since winning the Hague Three Star in June 2017.

Semenov/Leshukov are aiming for their second title of the year, following a win at the Mersin Three Star in May. The pair also finished on the podium at the Ostrava Four Star in June with a third-place effort.

Guto/Saymon are playing in their first tournament together since finishing second at the 2016 Klagenfurt Major.

Pedlow/Schachter’s lone podium finish of 2018 came in a runnerup effort at the Commonwealth Games in April. The pair’s best FIVB finish was a fifth-place effort at the Itapema Four Star (May 20).

Bronze Medal – 11:30 p.m. ET Saturday – Guto/Saymon vs. Pedlow/Schachter

Gold Medal – 3 a.m. ET Sunday – Krasilnikov/Stoyanovskiy vs. Semenov/Leshukov

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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 after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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