Brazil’s Josi/Lili Take Nantong Open Gold

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 10th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

FIVB Beach Silk Road Nantong Open Two-Star

Brazil’s Josemari Alves and Liliane Maestrini won their first ever FIVB gold with six-straight wins at the Nantong Open two-star on Sunday.

Josi/Lili won a pair of tiebreak matches in pool play, besting China’s qualifiers MeiMei Lin/Lingdi Zhu and Italy’s No. 14 Agata Zuccarelli/Gaia Traballi to win Pool B.

In the Round of 16, the duo bested American qualifiers McKenna Thibodeau/Madison Witt in straight sets.

From there, it was on to the quarterfinals, where the Brazilians took on No. 4 seed Ieva Dumbauskaite/Irina Zobnina, winning via sweep.

Once in Sunday’s semifinals, next on the checklist was a matchup with Australia’s No. 6 Jessyka Ngauamo/Phoebe Bell. The pair registering its third straight set win.

On the other side of the bracket, Zuccarelli/Traballi defeated Japan’s No. 5 Ayumi Kusano/Takemi Nishibori in the semis to earn a shot at the gold medal.

In the final, it was a battle between the two Pool B foes, just like in the second round of pool play. Unlike that meeting, which saw Italy win the opening stanza of the 16-21, 21-14, 15-10 victory for the Brazilians, Josi/Lili struck first in the championship match. The victors won 21-13, 19-21, 15-12 to claim their first gold. All was not lost for the Italians, which earned their first ever FIVB podium finish as a pair.

Ngauamo/Bell picked up the bronze with a straight set win over Kusano/Take. It was the pair’s second podium finish of the season, following bronze at the Langkawi One-Star on April 29.

Other notable results:

  • Americans Irene Pollock/Amanda Dowdy made the quarterfinals before falling to Bell/Ngauamo 21-18, 21-14
  • Americans Thibodeau/Witt made the Round of 16 before facing Josi/Lili in just their second FIVB World Tour competition after starting in the qualifiers



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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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