- Bangkok, Thailand
- May 10-13, 2018
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.
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
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
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