King of the Court Crown Series
- Antwerp, Belgium
- Sept. 8, 2018
After not even making the finals on Friday, Brazil’s Pedro Solberg/Bruno Schmidt were crowned King of the Court on Saturday in Antwerp, Belgium. The duo also was honored for the longest stay on the Kings side of the court during the competition.
Pedro/Bruno outplayed reigning FIVB World Tour Finals champs Anders Mol/Christian Sorum of Norway and international duo Alexander Brouwer/Oleg Stoyanovskiy (Netherlands/Russia) for the $15,000 win.
Brouwer/Stoyanovskiy were the lone pair to medal on both days, following a $10,000 runnerup finish on Friday with a third place effort on Saturday.
Rounding out the final five were Friday’s Kings Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira of Spain and Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb.
The teams started the day in group play with Mol/Sorum, Crabb/Gibb and Dutch duo Christian Varenhorst/Jasper Bouter making it through Group 1. Group 2 saw Brouwer/Stoyanovskiy, Austria’s Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst and Germany’s Dries Koekelkoren/Tom Van Walle advance. Group 3 sent four teams through in Herrera/Gavira, Schmidt/Solberg, Dutch duo Steven Van de Velde/Dirk Boehle and Americans Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick.
Once in the semifinals, Mol/Sorum, Herrera/Gavira and Schmidt Solberg moved on from Group 1. Crabb/Gibb and Brouwer/Stoyanovskiy rounded out the finalists coming out of Group 2.
- Pedro Solberg/Bruno Schmidt (Brazil)
- Anders Mol/Christian Sorum (Norway)
- Alexander Brouwer/Oleg Stoyanovskiy (Netherlands/Russia)
Watch the finals below.
The next stop in the King of the Court Crown Series is Waikiki on Sept. 14 with 15 men’s teams and 15 women’s teams competing. A double-elimination AVP tournament will round out action on the Island on Sept. 15-16.
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