FIVB Xiamen Four-Star
- Xiamen, China
- April 17-21, 2018
It was a busy day of action on the women’s side as the final 12 first round matches were played, rolling right into eight second round contests leading to the main draw.
New American duos Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman and Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar are both on to the main draw after recording two wins. Larsen/Stockman dropped their first set of the day and then won four straight to move on, while Claes/Hochevar won in straight sets, before going the distance in a second round affair with Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta Da Silva/Andressa Cavalcanti Ramalho.
Joining the Americans in the main draw are teams from Germany, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland. In addition to Claes/Hochevar, three other duos had to make their way through three-set affairs to move on. Lithuania’s Ieva Dumbauskaite/Monika Povilaityte and Switzerland’s Laura Caluori/Dunja Gerson came through after falling in their opening sets of round 2.
Teams from Cuba, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Switzerland and the United States earned spots in the main draw on the men’s side with their second qualifying wins in as many days.
Poland’s Mariusz Prudel/Jakub Szalankiewicz and Norway’s Anders Berntsen Mol/Christian Sandlie Sorum, who received first round byes were both tested in their Xiamen debuts, each being forced to rally for victories after stumbling in their first sets.
Two other matches went the distance with Christiaan Varenhorst/Jasper Bouter (Netherlands) and Youssef Krou/Quincy Aye (France) surviving after dropping their second sets.
In other round 2 action, Americans Ryan Doherty/William Allen bested countrymen Bill Kolinski/Miles Evans in straight sets to move on (21-13, 22-20).
The main draw begins with pool play action set for an 8 p.m. ET start Wednesday.
Women’s Qualifying Round 1
Megan Nagy/Caleigh Cruickshank (Canada) def. Katharina Schutzenhofer/Lena Plesiutschnig (Austria) 21-17, 21-15
Ieva Dumbauskaite/Monika Povilaityte (Lithunia) def. Alexandra Jupiter/Alexia Richard (France) 22-24, 21-16, 15-12
Laura Caluori/Dunja Gerson (Switzerland) def. Jolien Sinnema/Laura Bloem (Netherlands) 21-18, 21-17
Valentyna Davidova/Ievgeniia Shchypkova (Ukraine) def. Yui Nagata/Minori Kumada (Japan) 21-18, 21-10
Liliana Steiner/Elsa McMillan (Spain) def. Jingwen Wang/Lvwen Yuan (China) 21-16, 21-14
Ingrid Lunde/Oda Ulveseth (Norway) def. Motrich Abalakina (Russia) 18-21, 26-24, 16-14
Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee (Thailand) def. Marta Menegatti/Laura Giombini (Italy) 21-14, 21-19
Madelein Meppelink/Sanne Keizer (Netherlands) def. Victoria Kjolberg/Ane Hjortland (Norway) 21-15, 21-12
Aline Chamereau/Lezana Placette (France) def. Miki Ishii/Megumi Murakami (Japan) 17-21, 21-16, 15-11
Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman (USA) def. Sayaka Mizoe/Suzuka Hasimoto (Japan) 22-24, 21-15, 15-10
Juliana Felisberta Da Silva/Andressa Cavalcanti Ramalho (Brazil) def. Andrea Strbova/Natalia Dubovcova (Slovakia) 21-10, 21-11
Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar (USA) def. Sofia Starikov/Noy Chorin (Isreal) 21-13, 21-9
Women’s Qualifying Round 2
Kim Behrens/Sandra Ittlinger (Germany) def. Amaranta Navarro/Angela Lobato (Spain) 21-16, 21-18
Azusa Futami/Akiko Hasegawa (Japan) def. Julie Gordon/Sophie Bukovec (Canada) 21-18, 21-16
Ieva Dumbauskaite/Monika Povilaityte (Lithunia) def. Katharina Schutzenhofer/Lena Plesiutschnig (Austria) 19-21, 21-16, 19-17
Laura Caluori/Dunja Gerson (Switzerland) def. Valentyna Davidova/Ievgeniia Shchypkova (Ukraine) 12-21, 23-21, 15-11
Ingrid Lunde/Oda Ulveseth (Norway) def. Liliana Steiner/Elsa McMillan (Spain) 21-19, 12-21, 15-13
Madelein Meppelink/Sanne Keizer (Netherlands) def. Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee (Thailand) 21-18, 21-12
Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman (USA) def. Aline Chamereau/Lezana Placette (France) 21-14, 21-15
Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar (USA) def. Juliana Felisberta Da Silva/Andressa Cavalcanti Ramalho (Brazil) 21-18, 16-21, 15-11
Men’s Qualifying Round 2
Mariusz Prudel/Jakub Szalankiewicz (Poland) def. Ilya Lehukov/Konstantin Semenov (Russia) 14-21, 23-21, 15-12
Youssef Krou/Quincy Aye (France) def. Raurich Adrian Ignacio Carambula/Gabriele Pasquale (Italy) 21-19, 28-30, 15-13
Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson (Switzerland) def. Felipe Humana-Paredes/Cameron Wheelan (Canada) 21-19, 21-8
Ryan Doherty/William Allen (USA) def. Bill Kolinski/Miles Evans (USA) 21-13 , 22-20
Christiaan Varenhorst/Jasper Bouter (Netherlands) def. Romain Di Giantommaso/Olivier Barthelemy (France) 21-15, 15-21, 15-11
Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner (Czech Republic) def. Markus Bockermann/Lars Fluggen (Germany) 21-15, 21-17
Sergio Reynaldo Gonzalez/Diaz Gomez Nivaldo (Cuba) def. Robin Seidl/Christoph Dressler (Austria) 21-18, 21-19
Anders Berntsen Mol/Christian Sandlie Sorum (Norway) def. Julius Thole/Clemens Wickler (Germany) 13-21, 21-14, 15-8
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