Americans Crabb/Gibb Win Pool D Title at Vienna Major

  0 Wendy Mayer | August 02nd, 2018 | FIVB Majors Series, FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

A1 Vienna Beach Major

No. 13 seeded Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb were among four men’s pool winners crowned on Thursday before storms halted play.

Crabb/Gibb fought through two tiebreak matches to take the title, outlasting Swiss duo Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson (21-13, 15-21, 15-13) and rallying past Spain’s No. 4 Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira (27-29, 21-18, 15-11).

Latvia’s No. 17 Martin Plavins/Edgars Tocs, Russia’s No. 18 Nikita Liamin/Viacheslav Krasilnikov and No. 5 Dutch pair Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen won pools A, B and E respectively.

Plavins/Tocs went to tiebreak in their pool opener vs. Czech duo Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner (17-21, 21-19, 17-15), but swept top seeded Americans Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (21-16, 21-18) after a nearly two-hour rain delay to claim the crown. The other two pool winners went 2-0 in sweeps.

No. 15 seeded Americans John Hyden/Theo Brunner are out of the competition after going 0-2 in Pool B play against Liamin/Krasilnikov (21-19, 21-12) and Italy’s No. 2 Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai (21-18, 17-21, 16-14).

Pool C, F, G and H will be decided with a pair of matches each on Friday.

In Pool C, Russia’s No. 19 Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov and Norway’s No. 3 Christian Sorum/Anders Mol each have one win.

In Pool F, Canadian qualifiers Grant O’Gorman/Ben Saxton and Brazil’s No. 11 Alison Cerutti/Andre Loyola Stein are 1-0.

The Pool G title will be decided between Latvia’s No. 7 Janis Smedins/Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Brazil’s No. 10 Evandro Goncalves Oliveira/Vitor Felipe.

Qatar’s No. 24 Ahmed Tijan/Cherif Younousse and Austria’s No. 8 Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst have the upper hand in Pool H.

Pool winners receive a bye into the second knockout round, while the second and third place teams will battle it out in Round 1.

The final eight pool matches will be played Friday morning followed by the women’s second elimination round. The men’s Round of 24 matches and women’s quarterfinals will round out the day, weather permitting.

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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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