Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Iran Move Through Oman Qualifiers

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



Teams from Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and Iran advanced through two qualifying rounds to earn spots in main draw pool play at the Oman One-Star.

Switzerland’s Quentin Metral/Simon Hagenbuch (Switzerland) bested foes from Austria and Japan. Italy’s Tiziano Andreatta/Andrea Abbiati took out pairs from Oman and Canada. Denmark’s Mads Rosager/Martin Trans ousted a Canadian duo and Swiss pair. Iran’s Aghamohammad Salagh/Abolhamed Mirzaali rounded out the day’s victors, downing foes from Italy and Switzerland. 

Only one of the day’s 12 matches went the distance, the first round contest between Japan’s Keisuke Shimizu/Takashi Tsuchiya and England’s Harry Jones/Issa Batrane. The Japanese duo bounced back after dropping opening set in Round 1, but fell short in Round 2 against Metral/Hagenbuch.

Metral/Hagenbuch, who teamed up in 2017, are looking to best their top finish of 17th from the Qinzhou Three Star in October and Sydney Two Star in November.

This is the third FIVB tournament for Andreatta/Abbiati, following ninth place finishes at the Sydney Two Star in November and the Kish Island Three Star in February.

Rosager/Trans are playing in their seventh tournament together and second FIVB event, following the Kish Island Three Star in February, where the duo was 41st.

Salagh/Mirzaali are in their fifth competition as a pairing, including a 17th place finish at the 2017 Kish Island Three Star and a 25th place showing at the Kish Island Three Star in February.

Thursday marks the start of pool play with the 16 remaining teams being split into four, four-team pools. Teams from nine countries, including five from the host nation of Oman, are still alive in the tournament. Iran’s Rahman Raoufi/Bahman Salemiinjehboroun are the top seeded team.


Qualification Round 1

William Hoey/Liam Kopp (Canada) def. Josip Pribanic/Marin Jercic (Croatia) 21-17, 22-20

Tiziano Andreatta/Andrea Abbiati (Italy) def. Nasser Al Jabri/Mohamed Al Jabri (Oman) 21-10, 21-9

Quentin Metral/Simon Hagenbuch (Switzerland) def. Friedl/Trummer (Austria) 21-16, 21-18

Keisuke Shimizu/Takashi Tsuchiya (Japan) def. Harry Jones/Issa Batrane (England) 17-21, 21-13, 15-10

Aghamohammad Salagh/Abolhamed Mirzaali (Iran) def. Emanuele Monduzzi/Antonio Basti (Italy) 21-11, 21-10

Gabriel Kissling/Michiel Zandbergen (Switzerland) def. Max Jonas Karpa/Milan Sievers (Germany) 21-18, 21-18

Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson (Switzerland) def. Badar Al Rushaidi/Faisal Al Subhi (Oman) 21-11, 21-12

Mads Rosager/Martin Trans (Denmark) def. Cameron Wheelen/Felipe Humana-Paredes (Canada) 22-20, 21-16


Qualification Round 2

Quentin Metral/Simon Hagenbuch (Switzerland) def. Keisuke Shimizu/Takashi Tsuchiya (Japan) 21-16, 21-16

Tiziano Andreatta/Andrea Abbiati (Italy) def. William Hoey/Liam Kopp (Canada) 21-13, 21-14

Mads Rosager/Martin Trans (Denmark) def. Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson (Switzerland) 22-20, 21-16

Aghamohammad Salagh/Abolhamed Mirzaali (Iran) def. Gabriel Kissling/Michiel Zandbergen (Switzerland) 21-17, 21-18



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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 Volleymob.com after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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