Mayer/Crabb In Lucerne Podium Race, Larsen/Stockman to Vie for Bronze

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

Lucerne Three-Star


Americans John Mayer/Trevor Crabb are still in the running for a medal at the Lucerne Three-Star, earning a spot in the semifinals with a pair of straight-set victories in the second round of the main draw on Saturday.

Joining the Americans in the Final Four are Serbia’s Lazar Kolaric/Stefan Basta, Indonesia’s Ade “Candra” Rachmawan/Mohammad Ashfiya and Switzerland’s Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson.

Candra/Ashfiya knocked out Americans Casey Paterson/Stafford Slick in a three-set affair to reach the semis, winning 15-21, 22-20, 15-11, while Kolaric/Basta eliminated Americans Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans in a 17-21, 21-18, 15-13 affair.

Heidrich/Gerson also pushed through a tiebreak to earn a spot in the final four, besting Dutch duo Dirk Boehl/Steven van de Velde 21-18, 24-26, 15-9.

Kolaric/Basta are in their second tournament back together after parting in 2016. The pair finished fifth at the Mersin Three-Star last weekend.

Candra/Ashfiya are seeking their first podium finish since a runner-up effort at the Satun One Star on April 11 and their first ever FIVB gold.

Heidrich/Gerson are looking to improve on a fourth-place finish at the Mersin Three-Star and earn their first ever FIVB podium finish.

This is just the second FIVB tournament for Mayer/Crabb following a 17th place finish at the Huntington Beach Four Star last weekend.


On the women’s side, the podium pairings are set with Australia’s Mariafe Artacho del Solar/Taliqua Clancy facing China’s Fan Wang/Xinyi Xia for the gold and Americans Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen taking on Dutch pair Joy Stubbe/Marleen van Iersel for the bronze.

Artacho del Solar/Clancy faced their toughest test in their first Round 2 match, going the distance with Brazilians Maria Clara/Elize Maia (22-20, 13-21, 15-80 before taking out Stockman/Larsen in straight sets in the semifinals.

Wang/Xia swept past Latvia’s Anastasija Kravcenoka/Tina Graudina and Brazil’s Josi/Lili before hanging on for a tiebreak win over Stubbe/van Iersel in the semis.

Stockman/Larsen won their two Round 2 matches in straight sets before running into top seeded Clancy/Artacho del Solar. Stubbe/van Iersel ousted Americans Betsi Flint/Emily Day 21-18, 22-24, 15-9 in the second match of Round 2 before falling to the Chinese duo.

Artacho del Solar/Clancy are vying for their third FIVB gold since teaming up in October, following titles at the Qinzhou Three Star (October) and Sydney Two Star (November). The duo also was runner-up at the Commonwealth Games in April.

Wang/Xia are in line for their second FIVB podium finish of the season, following a runner-up effort at the Sydney Two Star.

Stockman/Larsen are in their third FIVB tournament together and have already achieved their best finish, topping a ninth-place effort at the Huntington Beach four-star last weekend.

Stubbe/van Iersel teamed up in January and have already topped their best ever finish, ahead of a fifth-place effort at the Xiamen Four Star in April.


Men’s Semis

Kolaric/Basta (Serbia) vs. Candra/Ashfiya (Indonesia) – 4:05 a.m. ET


Heidrich/Gerson (Switzerland) vs. Mayer/Crabb (USA) – 5:05 a.m. ET


Men’s Bronze – 7:50 a.m. ET


Men’s Gold – 10:05 a.m. ET


Women’s Bronze

Stockman/Larsen (USA) vs. Stubbe/Van Iersel (Netherlands) – 6:35 a.m. ET


Women’s Gold

Clancy/Artacho del Solar (Australia) vs. Wang/Xia (China) – 9:05 a.m. ET

Lucerne Men’s Results through quarterfinals

Lucerne Women’s Results through semifinals

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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 after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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