Americans, Canadians Among Final Four at Bangkok One Star

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 12th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

Bangkok One-Star

Pool winners Bree Scarbrough/Aurora Davis (United States) and Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara (Canada) along with Spain’s Maria Carro/Paula Soria and Japan’s Ayumi Kusano/Takemi Nishibori will vie for podium position in Sunday’s semifinals at the Bangkok One-Star.

Scarbrough/Davis and the McNamara twins received a bye to the quarterfinals, while the other pairs had to post two victories to earn a semifinal berth.

Soria/Carro upset No. 1 seed Mailen Deliz/Leila Martinez in straight sets in the Round of 12 and then knocked out Phnom Penh gold medalists Anna Behlen/Sarah Schneider (Germany) in the quarters.

Kusano/Nishibori topped Thailand’s Pronsuda Kristana/Yodsaphat Pakham in straight sets in the Round of 12, but had to fight through a three-setter with Norway’s Zylstra Hanne Haugen/Janne Pedersen to earn a spot in the final four.

In the quarterfinals, the McNamaras edged past Latvia’s Agnese Calca/Marta Ozolina 23-21, 21-15, while Scarbrough/Davis made it through a tiebreak with Lithuania’s Urte Andrukaityte/Irina Zobnina after dropping the opening stanza.

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This is the first FIVB Tour event for both Scarbrough/Davis and the McNamaras and the duos are riding five-match win streaks into the semis. Kusano/Nishibori are vying for their second straight FIVB gold following a top placing at the Manila One Star last weekend, while Soria/Carro are looking to best their runner-up finish in Manila.

The women’s semifinals are slated to begin at 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday with Soria/Carro facing the McNamaras.

The match between Scarbrough/Davis and Kusano/Take is set for 11:30 p.m.

The losers will play for bronze at 2 a.m. ET Sunday followed by the gold medal match at 3 a.m.


On the men’s side, teams from Austria, Japan, Russia and Spain make up the final four.

Spain’s Javier Huerta/Alejandro Huerta won in straight sets in the Round of 12 and pulled out a tiebreak win in the quarterfinals to earn a semifinals berth for the second straight week, following a fourth-place finish at the Manila One Star.

The other three semifinalists won their respective pools receiving a free pass to the quarterfinals. Only Russia’s Aleksandr Kramarenko/Taras Myskiv were challenged, moving past Japan’s Yuya Ageba/Katsuhiro Shiratori in tiebreak after faltering in the first set.

Japan’s Takumi Takahashi/Yusuke Ishijima and Austria’s Daniel Mullner/Florian Schnetzer posted straight set wins in the quarterfinals. The Austrians ousted top seeded Nuttanon Inkiew/Sedtawat Padsawud of Thailand.


The Russians and Japanese are playing in their first FIVB event as duos. The Spaniards are vying for their first medal, following a fourth-place effort at last week’s Manila One Star, as are the Austrians, which finished fifth in Manila for their best ever FIVB showing.

Kramarenko/Myskiv will play Takahashi/Ishijima at midnight ET Saturday.

Mullner/Schnetzer will take on Huerta/Huerta at 1 a.m. ET Sunday.

The third place match is set for 4 a.m. ET Sunday.

The men’s final will be played at 5 a.m. ET Sunday.


Women’s Round of 12

Paula Soria/Maria Carro (Spain) def. Leila Martinez/Mailen Deliz (Cuba) 21-12, 28-26

Marta Ozolina/Agnese Caica (Latvia) def. Tadva Yoken/Sigrid Simonsson (Sweden) 21-12, 21-23, 15-6

Ayumi Kusano/Takemi Nishibori (Japan) def. Pronsuda Kristana/Yodsaphat Pakham (Thailand) 21-18, 21-12

Urte Andriukaityte/Irina Zobnina (Lithuania) def. Wai Yan Au Yeung/Ting Chi Yuen (Hong Kong) 21-14, 21-16


Women’s Quarterfinals

Paula Soria/Maria Carro (Spain) def. Anna Behlen/Sarah Schneider (Germany) 21-19, 21-17

Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara (Canada) def. Marta Ozolina/Agnese Caica (Latvia) 23-21, 21-15

Ayumi Kusano/Takemi Nishibori (Japan) def. Janne Pedersen/Zylstra Hanne Haugen 21-14, 15-21, 15-11

Bree Scarbrough/Aurora Davis (USA) def. Urte Andriukaityte/Irina Zobnina (Lithuania) 12-21, 21-17, 15-8


Men’s Round of 12

Yuya Ageba/Katsuhiro Shiratori (Japan) def. Martin Appelgren/Simon Boman (Sweden) 21-17, 21-18

Paul Becker/Eric Stadie (Germany) def. Armin Dollinger/Simon Kulzer (Germany) 21-11, 21-17

Nuttanon Inkiew/Sedtawat Padsawud (Thailand) def. Keisuke Shimizu/Yoshiumi Hasegawa (Japan) 21-19, 21-15

Javier Huerta/Alejandro Huerta (Spain) def. Tsz Ho Kelvin Lau/Piu Lam Wong (Hong Kong) 21-15, 21-16


Men’s Quarterfinals

Aleksandr Kramarenko/Taras Myskiv (Russia) def. Yuya Ageba/Katsuhiro Shiratori (Japan) 22-24, 21-18, 16-14

Takumi Takahashi/Yusuke Ishijima (Japan) def. Paul Becker/Eric Stadie (Germany) 21-16, 21-15

Daniel Mullner/Florian Schnetzer (Austria) def. Nuttanon Inkiew/Sedtawat Padsawud (Thailand) 21-13, 21-18

Javier Huerta/Alejandro Huerta (Spain) def. Tim Dickson/Marcus Ferguson (Australia) 13-21, 21-18, 15-10

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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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