Russians Semenov/Leshukov Best Countrymen for 2nd FIVB Title of 2018

  0 Wendy Mayer | October 14th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

No. 5 seed Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov of Russia rallied after dropping the first set to claim the Yangzhou Four Star men’s gold in tiebreak on Sunday, besting countrymen  Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Oleg Stoyanovskiy 14-21, 21-19, 15-13.

The pair went 6-0 en route to the title, including a forfeit win in pool play and an injury victory over Canada’s Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter in the semifinals (21-11, 21-0). The tiebreak win in the finals marked the Russians’ first three-setter of the tournament.

“It was a very important match for us because we just started playing in the World Tour this year and it was against my former partner (Krasilnikov),” Semenov said.

“We had a terrible performance in the first set. In the second and third sets, we traded a lot of points with our opponents so we had to change tactics. My partner had very good sideout today.”

Semenov/Leshukov earned their second title of the year, following a win at the Mersin Three Star in May.

No. 4 seed Krasilnikov/Stoyanovskiy notched their second podium finish of 2018, following a runnerup effort at the Xiamen Four Star in April.

No. 10 Gustavo “Guto” Carvalhaes/Saymon Barbosa Santos earned the bronze medal by default as Pedlow/Schachter were unable to go due to a twisted ankle Pedlow suffered in the semifinal.

Guto/Saymon were playing in their first tournament together since finishing second at the 2016 Klagenfurt Major.

Bronze Medal – 11:30 p.m. ET Saturday – Guto/Saymon vs. Pedlow/Schachter

Gold Medal – 3 a.m. ET Sunday – Krasilnikov/Stoyanovskiy vs. Semenov/Leshukov

Yangzhou Men Final results

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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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