Manavgat One Star
- Manavgat, Turkey
- June 21-24, 2018
No. 13 seed Satono Ishitsubo/Asami Shiba and No. 6 seed Oscar Brandao/Luciano Ferreira de Paula added an FIVB World Tour gold medal to their respective trophy cases on Sunday.
Ishitsubo/Shiba downed No. 16 seed Sara Cools/Lisa Van der Vonder of Belgium in tiebreak for the women’s crown (17-21, 21-13, 21-19).
Ishitsubo/Shiba, who were in just their second FIVB tournament together, also went the distance in their semifinal match against Turkey’s Aleyna Vence/Merve Nezir (16-21, 21-18, 15-12).
Cools/Van der Vonder took out Japan’s Erika Habaguchi/Yurika Sakaguchi in straight sets in the second semifinal.
Vence/Nezir gave the home crowd something to cheer about, taking the bronze after recovering from a 21-9 Set 1 loss to Habaguchi/Sakaguchi. The Turkish pair won 21-16, 15-12 to claim the win.
Brandao/Luciano, who were playing in their first FIVB outing as a pair, claimed the men’s gold with a straight-set win over No. 5 Kristoffer Abell/Daniel Thomsen of Denmark (21-14, 23-21).
Brandao/Luciano won five matches to take the title, winning four in straight sets. In the semifinals, the duo topped Dutch pair Jannes Van Der Ham/Sven Vismans 21-18, 21-17.
Abell/Thomsen edged past Spain’s Javier Huerta/Alejandro Huerta 21-18, 17-21, 15-11 in the other semifinal, before going on to the silver medal, their first FIV medal as a pair.
Van Der Ham/Vismans took the bronze, rallying for a tiebreak win over Huerta/Huerta (14-21, 21-16, 15-11).