Austrian Men, Russia Women Earn Historic Langkawi One-Star Titles

  0 Wendy Mayer | April 30th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach


It was a historical day at the Langkawi One-Star as Austrian men’s duo Simon Fruhbauer and Jorg Wutzl earned the country’s first ever FIVB gold medal, while Russians Daria Mastikova/Ksenia Dabizha brought home the third gold in their country’s women’s history.

Fruhbauer/Wutzl ended the Langkawi One-Star atop the podium, earning their first ever FIVB gold by edging out Russia’s No. 10 seed Petr Bakhnar/Taras Myskiv in the final.

Fruhbauer/Wutzl, the No. 13 seed, went 7-0 in the tournament, including four three-set wins, to claim the first ever FIVB gold by an Austrian side. In the semifinals, the duo bested Germany’s No. 12 seed Paul Becker/Eric Stadie in straight sets.

Bakhnar/Myskiv made the final after downing Thailand’s Nuttanon Inkiew/Sedtawat Padsawud in straight sets.

Inkiew/Padsawud went on to take the bronze medal with a straight set win over the Germans.

On the women’s side, Mastikova/Dabizha brought home gold after a straight set win over Dutch duo Katja Stam/Julia Wouters, including a 29-27 Set 2 score. The gold was the first for a Russian women’s pair since July 2013 (Ekaterina Khomyakova/Evgeniya Ukolova) and just the third since 1992.

The eighth-seeded Russians advanced to the finals with a three-set win over Australia’s No. 3 seed Phoebe Bell/Jessyka Ngauamo, while the 13th-seeded Dutch made their may through a straight set win over Martina Bonnerova/Tereza Pluharova of the Czech Republic.

Bell/Ngauamo wound up with the bronze medal, winning in straight sets.


Men’s Gold

Simon Fruhbauer/Jorg Wutzl (Austria) def. Petr Bakhnar/Tara Myskiv (Russia) 21-15, 18-21, 15-13


Men’s Bronze

Nuttanon Inkiew/Sedtawat Padsawud (Thailand) def. Paul Becker/Eric Stadie (Germany) 21-13, 21-16


Men’s Semifinals

Petr Bakhnar/Tara Myskiv (Russia) def. Nuttanon Inkiew/Sedtawat Padsawud (Thailand) 21-17, 21-17

Simon Fruhbauer/Jorg Wutzl (Austria) def. Paul Becker/Eric Stadie (Germany) 21-13, 21-14


Women’s Gold

Daria Mastikova/Ksenia Dabizha (Russia) def. Katja Stam/Julia Wouters (Netherlands) 21-10, 29-27


Women’s Bronze

Phoebe Bell/Jessyka Ngauamo (Australia) def. Martina Bonnerova/Tereza Pluharova (Czech Republic) 21-14, 21-17


Women’s Semifinals

Daria Mastikova/Ksenia Dabizha (Russia) def. Phoebe Bell/Jessyka Ngauamo (Australia) 21-12, 19-21, 15-10

Katja Stam/Julia Wouters (Netherlands) def. Martina Bonnerova/Tereza Pluharova (Czech Republic) 23-21, 21-11



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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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