Japan Sweeps Tuan Chau One-Star Podium

  0 Wendy Mayer | May 12th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

Tuan Chau HaLong Open One Star


Japan swept the podium at the Tuan Chau One Star with top seeded Sayaka Mizoe/Suzaka Hashimoto taking the gold, besting second seeded countrywomen Yui Nagata/Minori Kumada for the title, and No. 12 seed Yukako Suzuki/Kaho Sakaguchi bringing home the bronze.

No. 5 seed Sofia Starikov/Noy Chorin of Israel were left off on the outside, finishing fourth after falling to both Nagata/Kumada and Suzuki/Sakaguchi.

The medals were not decided easily, however. Mizoe/Hashimoto played through tiebreaks on Saturday to earn the title, including a comeback effort in the semifinals and one extra-point affair in the final, while Nagata/Kumada edged past Starikov/Chorin in three sets for the bronze.

The gold medal marked the first for Mizoe/Hashimoto and second straight FIVB podium finish, following a silver medal at the Phnom Penh Two Star last weekend in the Philippines.

The silver gave Nagata/Kumada their first ever FIVB medal of any color and marked their best finish since a fifth-place effort in Phnom Penh.

Suzuki/Sakaguchi earned bronze in just their sixth tournament together, besting a pair of fifth-place finishes earlier this year (Satun One Star in April, Shepparton One Star in February).



Yui Nagata/Minori Kumada (Japan) def. Sofia Starikov/Noy Chorin (Israel) 21-13, 21-16


Sayaka Mizoe/Suzuka Hashimoto (Japan) def. Yukako Suzuki Suzuki/Kaho Sakaguchi (Japan) 18-21, 21-15, 15-10


Bronze Medal

Suzuki/Sakaguchi (Japan) def. Starikov/Chorin (Israel) 21-18, 17-21, 15-13

Gold Medal

Mizoe/Hashimoto def. Nagata/Kumada 25-23, 18-21, 15-13


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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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