Phnom Penh Two-Star
- Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Phnom Penh
- May 4-6, 2018
Germans Anna Behlen/Sarah Schneider made quite a splash in their FIVB World Tour debut, taking home the gold medal at the two-star Anchor International Beach Volleyball Carnival after a rallying for a three-set win in the championship match on Sunday.
The duo, which started the tournament in qualification rounds, bested New Zealand’s Julia Tilly/Alice Bain in straight sets in the semifinals to set up the championship matchup with third-seeded Japanese pair Sayaka Mizoe/Suzuka Hashimoto. Behlen/Schneider won six straight-set affairs to set up the gold medal meeting.
The three-set affair with Behlen/Schneider was the second of the day for the Japanese pair, which outlasted Russians Ksenia Dabizha/Daria Mastikova in a semifinal tiebreak just a few hours earlier.
The Russian pair went on earn the bronze with a straight set win over the Kiwis. The podium finish was the second straight for Dabizha/Mastikova, who won the Langkawi One-Star just one week ago.
Anna Behlen/Sarah Schneider (Germany) def. Suzuka Hashimoto/Sayaka Mizoe (Japan) 17-21, 21-9, 15-8
Ksenia Dabizha/Daria Mastikova (Russia) def. Alice Bain/Julia Tilley (New Zealand) 21-19, 21-8
Anna Behlen/Sarah Schneider (Germany) def. Alice Bain/Julia Tilley (New Zealand) 21-16, 21-15
Suzuka Hashimoto/Sayaka Mizoe (Japan) def. Suzuka Hashimoto/Sayaka Mizoe (Japan) 21-13, 17-21, 17-15