FIVB/P1440 Las Vegas Open
- Las Vegas Festival Grounds; Las Vegas, Nevada
- Oct. 15-21, 2018
- Watch Live: Men; Women
- Watch Live: Finals will air live at 4 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN2
The late season surge of Norwegian youngsters Anders Mol/Christian Sorum continued in Las Vegas as the pair earned its fourth straight FIVB tournament final berth on Saturday.
The Norwegians earned the title match berth with a tiebreak win over Brazil’s Ricardo/Alvaro Filho (19-21, 21-16, 15-11) and a semifinal victory over Americans Trevor Crabb/Tri Bourne (21-17, 21-16).
Mol/Sorum have won each of the last three FIVB events they have entered along with the title at the 2018 CEV European Championships, piling up $250,000 in prize money over the four events: including the Gstaad and Vienna Majors and the World Tour Finals.
All told, the duo has won five World Tour medals in 2018, including a silver at the Itapema Four Star in May.
Poland’s Grzegorz Fijalek/Michal Bryl across the net in Sunday’s final. The pair finished runnerup to the Norwegians at the World Tour Finals and at the Vienna Major (Aug. 5).
The Poles swept Italy’s Nicolai/Lupo in the quarterfinals (24-22, 21-18) and Russians Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Oleg Stoyanoskiy (21-13, 14-21, 15-11) in the semifinals.
Crabb/Bourne are the host nation’s last hope of a medal at the event. The duo will vie for third place against Krasilnikov/Stoyanovskiy.
Crabb/Bourne moved past Spain’s Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira (24-22, 21-18) to make the semifinals, while the Russians outlasted top seeded Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb (15-21, 30-28, 15-13).
Crabb/Bourne are coming off a title win at the Qinzhou Three Star (Oct. 4), which marked Bourne’s first FIVB action since Sept. 18, 2016. Krasilnikov/Stoyanovskiy earned a silver medal at the Yangzhou Four Star last Sunday, in their first FIVB event together.
Men’s Bronze – Noon ET
Men’s Gold – 2:30 p.m. ET
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