France’s Krou/Aye Cruise to Gold Medal at Agadir One Star

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

2017 World Tour – Agadir

France’s Yousef Krou and Quincy Aye won their first FIVB gold medal as a pairing, topping Qatar’s Julio Cesar Nascimento Junior and Ahmed Tijan for the Agadir One Star title on Sunday.

The eight-seeded French duo scored the title in just 34 minutes, with a 21-18, 21-14 victory, which gave Krou his second ever tour gold, following a 2014 win in Xiamen. Krou/Aye made their way to the title match with a 21-12, 21-16 semifinal win over home-standing  Zouheir El Graoui and Mohamed Abicha of Morocco.

No. 2 seed Bahman Salemiinjehboroun and Rahman Raoufi of Iran took the bronze, rebounding from a three-set loss to Julio/Tijan with a come-from-behind win over El Graoui/Abicha.  The Moroccans held off the Iranians 21-19 in the first set of the third-place match, but Salemi/Raoufi rallied for the 21-19 Set 2 win and snagged the bronze as the ball sailed long on their second match point chance at 16-14 in the tie breaker.

Although the Moroccans finished off the podium, the fourth-place finish by El Graoui/Abicha marked the best effort by the country in 2017.


Gold Medal Match

Yousef Krou/Quincy Aye (France) def. Julio Cesar Nascimento Junior/Ahmed Tijan (Qatar)


Bronze Medal Match

Bahman Salemiinjehboroun/Rahman Raoufi (Iran) def. Zouheir El Graoui/Mohamed Abicha (Morocco) 19-21, 21-19, 16-14



Krou/Aye (France) def. El Graoui/Abicha (Morocco) 21-12, 21-16


Julio/Tijan (Qatar) def. Salemi/Raoufi (21-13, 17-21, 15-11)


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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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