Italy Moves Two Men’s Teams through Gstaad Qualifiers

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 10th, 2018 | FIVB Majors Series, FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

Gstaad Five Star – Beach Major Series

After 23 qualifying matches on Tuesday, the men’s main draw field for the Gstaad Five Star is complete with eight teams from seven countries joining the field.

Country quota winners George Wanderley/Thiago Santos Barbosa of Brazil made good on their bid to the qualifiers, besting China’s Ha Likejiang/Wu Jiaxin i21-17, 21-16 and rallying past Austria’s Jorg Wutzl/Simon Fruhbauer 13-21, 21-18, 15-9.

The match was one of 15 tiebreak matches on the day, including seven of the eight second round affairs.

Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan of Qatar were the lone team to make it through Round 2 in straight sets, pushing past Austria’s Martin Ermacora/Moritz Pristauz 21-18, 2-19. The pair did play a three-setter in Round 1, topping China’s Li Zhuoxin/Chaowei Zhou.

Italy’s Enrico Rossi/Marco Caminati, Belgium’s Dries Koekelkoren/Tom van Walle,  Venezuela’s Carlos ‘Charly’ Rangel/Tigrito Gomez and Turkey’s Murat Giginoglu/Volkan Gogtepe each battled through two tiebreak affairs to reach the main draw.

The eight teams who qualified for the main draw were:

Among those eliminated were Americans Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans, who fell to Ermacora/Pristauz in the opening round (21-16, 21-19).


Country Quota – Men – Brazil

George/Thiago def. Alvaro Filho/Luciano 19-21, 21-14, 15-12

George/Thiago def. Ricardo/Guto 21-15, 21-17

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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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