Americans Stockman/Larsen Move on to Ostrava 4-Star Main Draw

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 20th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

Ostrava Four Star Open

After two rounds of qualification play, the 32-team Main Draw fields are set for the Ostrava Four Star Open.

Thirty-two men’s teams and 30 women’s teams competed to be among eight teams per gender to make it through to the main draw.

On the women’s side, Americans Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen were among the eight teams to move on, having to play just one match to earn their spot after receiving a bye to the second round. The No. 2  duo among the qualifiers defeated Spain’s Angela Lobato/Amaranta Fernandez Navarro in straight sets (22-20, 21-14) to advance to Thursday’s pool play round.

The other seven teams that moved on were:

  • No. 1 Kim Behrens/Sandra Ittlinger (Germany)
  • No. 9 Azusa Futami/Akiko Hasegawa (Japan)
  • No. 5 Andrea Strbova/Natalia Dubovcova (Slovakia)
  • No. 4 Anastasija Kravcenoka/Tina Graudina (Latvia)
  • No. 3 Liliana Fernandez Steiner/Elsa Baquerizo McMillan (Spain)
  • No. 22 Aleksandra Wachowicz/Jagoda Gruszczynska (Poland)
  • No. 7 Taina Silva Bigi/Victoria Lopes Pereira Tosta (Brazil)

Top seeded qualifiers Behrens/Ittlinger advanced with a tiebreak win of Thailand’s Rumpaipruet Numwong/Khanittha Hongpak (21-11, 19-21, 15-13).

Four other teams moved on after three-set efforts. Among the group, Futami/Hasegawa went the distance twice on Wednesday. First, the Japanese duo bested Eliska Davidova/Sara Olivova (Czech Republic), 21-14, 21-23, 15-11. Next up, the team topped Laura Caluori/Dunja Gerson (Switzerland) after dropping Set 1 (15-21, 22-20, 15-8).

The eight teams will join a main draw including top seeded Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (Czech Republic), No. 6 Sara Hughes/Summer Ross (USA) and two other American pairs (No. 17 Lauren Fendrick/Lane Carico, No. 18 Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branagh). Five Brazilian duos also are among the field.


Advancing on the men’s side were:

  • Martin Ermacora/Moritz Pristauz (Austria)
  • Arnas Rumsevicius/Lukas Kazdailis (Lithuania)
  • Marco Grimalt/Esteban Grimalt (Chile)
  • Dirk Boehle/Steven van de Velde (Netherlands)
  • Julius Thole/Clemens Wickler (Germany)
  • Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov (Russia)
  • Thiago Santos Barbosa/George Wanderley (Brazil)
  • Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson (Switzerland)

Five of the 16 first round matches went to tiebreak, while seven of the eight second round matches went the distance.

Grimalt/Grimalt and Boehle/van de Velde played two three-set affairs apiece, with both pairs dropping the opening stanza of each match.

The men’s main draw includes top seeded Alison Cerutti/Andre Loyola and No. 2 Evandro Goncalves/Vitor Felipe of Brazil and No. 3 Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands. There are no American men’s pairs remaining in the tournament.

Two American men’s teams were among the 32 qualifiers vying for a spot in the main draw – Trevor Crabb/John Mayer and Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans.

Crabb/Mayer won via tiebreak in the opening round (25-27, 21-16, 15-10) over the Czech Republic’s Jakub Gala/David Kufa, but fell to Dutch pair Boehle/van de Velde (14-21, 22-20, 15-13) in Round 2 to end their stay in Ostrava.

Kolinske/Evans fell in straight sets in their opening match against Thole/Wickler (21-11, 21-16).


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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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