Klineman/Ross, Larsen/Stockman Advance to Gstaad Final Eight

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 13th, 2018 | FIVB Majors Series, FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

Gstaad Five Star – Beach Major Series

The race for the women’s Gstaad Major title is down to eight teams, including Americans Alix Klineman/April Ross and Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman.

As pool winners, both teams earned a free pass to the second elimination round on Friday. Klineman/Ross faced countrywomen Summer Ross/Sara Hughes and came out with a tiebreak victory (21-18, 16-21, 15-9).

Larsen/Stockman continued their dream run through Gstaad as the qualifiers rallied for a three-set win over sixth-seeded Brazilians Maria Antonelli/Carol Solberg Salgado. Larsen/Stockman dropped the opening set 23-21, but came back for the 26-24, 15-13 victory to move on to the quarterfinals.

The quarterfinal field also features the tournament’s top three seeds – No. 1 Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan and No. 2 Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson of Canada and No. 3 Agatha Bednarczuk/Duda Santos Lisboa.

Rounding out the field are defending champions Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (Germany), No. 5 Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (Czech Republic) and qualifiers Megumi Murakami/Miki Ishii (Japan).

No. 4 Taliqua Clancy/Mariafe Artacho del Solar fell to No. 7 Laboureur/Sude 21-16, 26-24 to mark the highest seed out of the competition thus far.

Five of the eight Round 2 matches went to tiebreak. Laboureur/Sude, Humana-Paredes/Pavan and Agatha/Duda were the exceptions. The Brazilians moved on due to an injury to foes Joy Stubbe/Marleen Van Iersel.

Saturday’s quarter-final schedule has Humana-Paredes/Pavan meeting Klineman/Ross; Larsen/Stockman challenging Agatha/Duda; Laboureur/Sude playing Ishii/Murakami and Bansley/Wilkerson facing Hermannova/Slukova.

Elimination Round 1

Summer Ross/Sara Hughes were one of eight teams to win in the first elimination round at the Gstaad Major.

All but one of the Round 1 matches were decided in straight sets, with the lone exception seeing Maria Antonelli/Carol edge past Spain’s Liliana Fernandez/Elsa Baquerizo 21-18, 16-21, 15-9.

The record for most gold medals at a single event (7), held by Brazil’s Emanuel Rego, remained safe for another year, as six- time Gstaad champion Kerri Walsh Jennings made an early exit from the tournament. No. 21 seed Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branaugh fell to defending champion and Laboureur/Sude of Germany 21-17, 22-20, to finish 17th, picking up $6,000 for their effort.

No. 8 seed Joana Heidrich/Anouk Verge-Depre were the highest seed to leave the competition in the first elimination round, falling to Stubbe/Van Iersel of the Netherlands 21-16, 21-11.

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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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