Itapema students don`t get snow days. However, much to their celebration, the city decided to give its kids a day off from school so they could go and cheer for their favorite athletes at the FIVB`s only World Tour 4 star event held in Brazil this season
Top seeded Brazilians Evandro/Andre and Agatha/Duda pleased their home crowd by earning the gold medals at the Itapema Four-Star with straight set title match wins on Sunday.
Serbia’s Stefan Basta/Lazar Kolaric, which started the tournament in the qualifying rounds, won their first FIVB World Tour gold medal at the Aydin One-Star, while Sweden’s Kristina Thurin/Susanna Thurin made history with a bronze on the women’s side, for their country’s first ever FIVB World Tour medal.
Brazil’s Evandro/Andre will battle Norway’s Anders Bernsten Mol/Christian Sorum for the men’s Itapema gold, while homestanding Agatha/Duda will face Joana Heidrich/Anouk Verge-Depre of Switzerland for the women’s gold Sunday morning.
Itapema Four-Star Itapema, Brazil May 16-18, 2018 Schedule/Results The medal matches are set for Sunday morning with Brazilian teams vying…
Saturday set the semifinal stage for the Aydin One-Star after a long day of action including the end of women’s pool play, the round of 12 and the quarterfinals, while the men’s podium matches were set by the end of the day.
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Fourth-seeded Czech pair Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova are the top remaining women’s duo heading into the Itapema quarterfinals after knocking out No. 1 Barbara/Fernanda of Brazil. On the men’s side, the top three seeds are in tact, led by Brazilians Evandro/Andre.
Friday was packed with pool play action at the Aydin One-Star with four men’s teams earning pool titles and eight women’s teams setting up for chances at pool crowns, which will decided early Saturday morning.
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Americans Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman and Emily Day/Betsi Flint were among the eight women’s teams who made it through qualifiers to the main draw of the Itapema Four-Star on Wednesday. Three German teams highlighted the men’s qualifiers.
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Americans John Mayer and Trevor Crabb, who started the tournament as a wildcard entry and dropped their opening pool play match, capped a six-match win streak and secured their first ever FIVB medal, winning gold at the Lucerne Three-Star on Sunday. Countrymen Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen earned bronze at the tournament.
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