Local Side Al-Jalbubi/Alhashmi Reaches Semis at Oman One-Star

  0 Wendy Mayer | March 16th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach


Pool winners Tiziano Andreatta/Andrea Abbiati (Italy), Rahman Raoufi/Haman Salemiinjehboroun (Iran), and Philipp Arne Bergmann/Yannick Harms (Germany) kept things rolling right into the Oman One-Star semifinals after earning a free pass to the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Italians and Iranians bested their foes in straight sets to earn a shot at a podium finish, while the Germans advanced by holding on for a three-set win.

Raoufi/Salemiinjehboroun are the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, while Bergmann/Harms are No. 2 and Andreatta/Abbiati are No. 5.

Rounding out the semifinal field are hometown stars Nouh Al-Jalbubi/Mazin Alhashmi (Oman). Jalbubi/Alhashmi kept the local hopes alive by winning a semifinal match against Hong Kong’s Pui Lam Wong/Tsz Ho Kelvin Lau and besting No. 11 seed Aghamohammad Salagh/Abolhamed Mirzaali from Iran. The duo from Oman won both matches in straight sets.

Raoufi/Salemiinjehboroun are looking for their first podium finish since earning bronze at the Agadir One Star in July.

Andreatta/Abbiati are guaranteed their best FIVB finish, ahead of two ninth-place showings. Bergmann/Harms are playing in their fifth straight FIVB tournament, with their best effort coming in a 9th place finish at the Aalsmaeer One Star in October.

Al-Jalbubi/Alhashmi are in just their four tournament together and first FIVB event, following three 17th place finishes.

The semifinal matchups, set to begin at 2 a.m. ET Saturday, are:

  • Bergmann/Harms vs. Andreatta/Abbiati


  • Nouh/Mazin vs. Raoufi/Salemi


The podium matches will follow at 7 and 8:30 a.m. ET.




Round of 12

Abbas Pourasgari/Arash Vakili (Iran) def. Quintin Metral/Simon Hagenbuch (Switzerland) 21-17, 21-13

Gabriel Kissling/Michiel Zandbergen (Switzerland) def. Vaclav Bercik/Jan Dumek (Czech Republic) 21-17, 22-20

Nouh Al-Jalbubi/Mazin Alhashmi (Oman) def. Pui Lam Wong/Tsz Ho Kelvin Lau (Hong Kong) 21-10, 21-18

Mads Rosager/Martin Trans Hansen (Denmark) def. Daniel Mullner/Florian Schnetzer (Austria) 21-15, 21-17



Philipp Arne Bergmann/Yannick Harms (Germany) def. Abbas Pourasgari/Arash Vakili (Iran) 21-17, 18-21, 15-12

Tiziano Andreatta/Andrea Abbiati (Italy) def. Gabriel Kissling/Michiel Zandbergen (Switzerland) 21-14, 21-15

Nouh Al-Jalbubi/Mazin Alhashmi (Oman) def. Aghamohammad Salagh/Abolhamed Mirzaali (Iran) 21-15, 21-19

Rahman Raoufi/Haman Salemiinjehboroun (Iran) def. Mads Rosager/Martin Trans Hansen (Denmark) 21-19, 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 Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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