Americans Kimberly DiCello and Emily Stockman faced off against countrywomen Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen in one of the eight Round of 16 matches at the Sydney Two-Star with the former winning in straight sets, 21-11, 21-14.
Also among the field were Jace Pardon and Lara Dykstra, three teams from Japan, two Australians and duos from eight other countries.
Joining DiCello/Stockman in advancing to Friday night’s quarterfinals are: Austria’s Katharina Schutzenhofer and Lena Plesiuetschnig, Japan’s Sayaka Mizoe/Suzuka Hashimoto and Azusa Futami/Akiko Hasgawa, China’s Fan Wang/ Xinyi Xia, Australia’s Mariafe Artacho/Taliqua Clancy and Louise Bawden/Jessyka Ngauamo and Germany’s Kim Behrens/Sandra Ittlinger.
Pardon/Dykstra fell to Futami/Hasegawa in straight sets. Two matches went the distance, with Schutzenhofer/Plesiuetschnig and Bawden/Ngauamo moving on in three-set affairs.
The women’s quarterfinals will be played beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET Friday night.
On the men’s side, Friday brought quarterfinal play.
Americans Bill Kolinske and Miles Evans moved on to Saturday’s semifinals with a straight set win over Australia’s Paul Burnett and Joshua Court (21-14, 21-12).
Joining the Americans in Saturday’s semifinals are Australians Christopher McHugh/Damien Schumann, who topped countrymen Cole Durant/Zachery Schubert in three sets (12-21, 21-14, 15-12); France’s Youssef Krou/Quincy Aye and Canada’s Ben Saxton/Grant O’Gorman.
Matches begin at 12:30 a.m. ET Saturday. Live streams of the semifinals and finals are available on the FIVB YouTube Channel.