FIVB Yangzhou Four Star
- Oct. 9-14, 2018
- Yanzhou, China
Americans Alix Klineman/April Ross and Brazil’s Ana Patricia Silva Ramos/Rebecca Cavalacanti Barbosa Silva made their way to the Yangzhou Four Star title match with three wins apiece on Saturday.
Klineman/Ross started the day with a Round 2 tiebreak win over fellow Americans Kelly Claes/Kerri Walsh Jennings (19-21, 21-16, 15-11). Next up, the team topped Latvia’s Anastasija Kravcenoka/Tina Graudina (22-20, 21-11) and then outlasted Canadians Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes (21-19, 25-27, 15-11) in the semifinals.
Ana Patricia/Rebecca made their way to the championship match with a trio of sweeps. The pair topped Poland’s Kinga Kolsinska/Katarzyna Kociolek in Round 2 before besting top seeded countrywomen Barbara Seixas de Freitas/Fernanda Alves for the second time at the tournament, following a tiebreak win in the Pool A title match with a sweep in Round 3 (21-15, 21-19). The Brazilians topped Americans Sara Hughes/Summer Ross 21-16, 21-18 in the semifinals.
Ana Patricia/Rebecca are looking for their second straight FIVB tour title, following a gold medal at the Qinzhou Three Star last weekend, while Klineman/Ross are trying for their first FIVB gold since winning the Hague Four Star on Jan. 7. The victor takes home $20,000 while the runnerup will earn $16,000.
Hughes/Ross will face Pavan/Humana-Paredes for the bronze medal and a $10,000 payday. The loser will earn $8000.
Ana Patricia/Rebecca (Brazil) def. Kolosinska/Kociolek (Poland) 21-15, 21-17
Barbara/Fernanda (Brazil) def. Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen (USA) 21-19, 21-14
Sara Hughes/Summer Ross (USA) def. Menegatti/Orsi Toth (Italy) 21-16, 21-17
Ukolova/Birlova (Russia) def. Amaranta/Lobato (Spain) 21-19, 21-10
Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes (Canada) def. Maria Clara/Elize Maia (Brazil) 21-15, 21-8
Wang/Xue (China) def. Betschart/Huberli (Switzerland) 21-19, 14-21, 15-12
Alix Klineman/April Ross (USA) def. Kelly Claes/Kerri Walsh Jennings (USA) 19-21, 21-16, 15-11
Kravcenoka/Graudina (Latvia) def. Betsi Flint/Emily Day (USA) 21-15, 17-21, 15-11
Ana Patricia/Rebecca def. Barbara/Fernanda 21-15, 21-19
Hughes/Ross def. Ukolova/Birlova 21-19, 21-13
Pavan/Humana-Paredes def. Wang/Xue 21-13, 21-17
Klineman/Ross def. Kravcenoka/Graudina 22-20, 21-11
Ana Patricia/Rebecca def. Hughes/Ross 21-16, 21-18
Klineman/Ross def. Pavan/Humana-Paredes 21-19, 25-27, 15-11