Four Three-Setters Highlight Nantong Open Round of 16

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 24th, 2017 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

2017 FIVB World Tour – Nantong

Of the eight teams who advanced through the Round of 24, only Russians Yulia Abalakina/Ksenia Dabizha and Chinese pair Shuhui Wen/Xinyi Xia managed to win their second match of the tournament at the Nantong Open.

Abalakina/Dabizha defeated Vanuatu’s Loti Joe/Linline Matauatu 22-20, 21-11, while Wen/Xia topped Czech duo Magdalena Dostalova/Karolina Rehackova 21-16, 21-13..

The other six teams that came through the opening round lost in the Round of 16.

Excitement came in the form of four three-set affairs.

Thailand’s Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee won the most hotly contested match of the round, 19-21, 26-24, 20-18 over China’s Chen Chunxia/ Zhaochen Wei.

China’s Xinxin Wang/Chen Xue won 21-12, 15-21, 15-10 over England’s Victoria Palmer/Jessica Grimson. Americans Irene Pollock/Amanda Dowdy were victims of a three-set loss, falling to Canadians Megan Nagy/Marie-Christine LaPointe 21-18, 10-21, 15-11.

Japan’s Megumi Murakami/Miki Ishii also won in three sets, rallying after dropping the opening stanza.

Brazil’s Juliana/Carol Horta, which won their first FIVB gold of 2017 at the Monaco One-Star event last week, also advanced to the quarterfinals.

Wen/Xia finished second to Americans Kelly Larsen and Betsi Flint at the Tangshan Open Two Star.


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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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