It will be an all-Russian final at the Yangzhou Four Star as No. 4 Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Oleg Stoyanovskiy and No. 5 Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov will battle for the top podium spot Saturday night.
Americans Alix Klineman/April Ross will go for their first FIVB title as a pairing since winning the Hague Four Star in January against Brazil’s Ana Patricia/Rebecca on Saturday night. Americans Sara Hughes/Summer Ross will be playing for bronze.
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.
Nine of the top 10 seeds moved on to the men’s Round of 16 at the Yangzhou Four Star. Three American teams rounded out the field, which also includes three Russians and three Brazilians.
Five American women’s teams are among the final 16 at the Yangzou Four Star. The marquee matchup of Saturday’s Round 2 with pit former partners Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross against each other with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.
The American women went 6-0 in Day 1 of pool play at the Yangzhou Four Star, while Ryan Doherty/Billy Allen were among the pool title winners on the men’s side at the Yangzhou Four Star on Thursday.
Men’s teams from seven countries, including two Russians, and women’s teams from five countries, including three Brazilians and two Americans, are through to the Yangzhou Main Draw after Wednesday’s qualifying.
Four-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings has selected four-time AVP Defensive Player of the Year Brooke Sweat as her partner for Tokyo 2020.
From the crowds, to the competition field to all of the surrounding elements that make P1440 unique, founder Kerri Walsh Jennings sat down with VolleyMob to take a look back at the beach volleyball tour, health and wellness fair and concert series’ opening stop at the San Jose Invitational.
Brazil’s Ana Patricia Silva Ramos/Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbosa Silva earned their first ever FIVB World Tour podium appearance with the gold medal at the Qinzhou Three Star. Italy’s Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth and Americans Sarah Sponcil/Kelly Claes rounded out the podium.