Busy FIVB Slate Rolls On with Events in Switzerland, Thailand, Vietnam

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 08th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

Beach volleyball action was on center stage in Huntington Beach, California; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Mersin, Turkey; and Manila, Philippines last weekend, with four gold medalists crowned on Sunday.

The jam packed FIVB slate continues this week with three titles on the line: the Tuan Chau Island One-Star, the Bangkok One-Star and the Lucerne Three-Star.

Action begins in Lucerne, Switzerland on Wednesday with 100 teams from 35 countries among the field. The double-gender event includes 54 men’s teams and 46 women’s pairs. The teams will vie for a $150,000 total purse. Qualification rounds begin Wednesday with teams aiming for the final eight spots in the 32-team main draw for pool play action.

Check out the Lucerne hype video here.

New Zealand’s Taliqua Clancy/Mariafe Artacho del Solar are the top seeded women’s duo, coming off a bronze medal at the Xiamen Four Star in April. Four American pairs are among the field: Lara Dykstra/Lane Carico, Betsi Flint/Emily Day, Delaney Knudsen/Kendra Vanzwieten and Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen.

On the men’s side, Qatar’s Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan boast the top seed, followed by last week’s Mersin Three-Star bronze medalists Diaz Nivaldo/Sergio Gonzalez. Four American duo are in the lineup: Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans, John Mayer/Trevor Crabb, Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick and Sean Rosenthal/Chase Budinger.

At the Tuan Chau Island one-star women’s only event, qualification begins on Wednesday with four teams vying for the final two spots in the 16-team main draw. Among the field in Vietnam are top seeded Sayaka Mizoe/Suzuka Hasimoto, which won silver at the Phnom Penh Two-Star on Sunday. Teams from nine countries, including four duos from Vietnam, make up the competition field.

In Bangkok, Thailand, qualification for the double-gender one-star event begins on Thursday.

On the men’s side, home-standing top seeds Nutannon Inkiew/Sedtawat Padsawud are looking for their third podium finish after gold at the Satun One-Star and bronze at the Langkawi One-Star in April, while Manila One-Star gold medalists Max-Jonas Karpa/Milan Sievers (Germany) also are among the field. Thirty-eight teams from 19 countries will vie for the title.

On the women’s side, Manila One Star gold and silver medalists Ayumi Kusano/Takemi Nishibori (Japan) and Paula Soria/Maria Carro (Spain) are in action. Thirteen countries are represented by 19 teams among the field, which includes Americans Bree Scarbrough/Aurora Davis.


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About Wendy Mayer

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 Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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