Women’s pool play continues on Friday with all 32 teams in action. First up, beginning at noon ET are the pool title matches, including three American pairs. Mens action begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Just three of the 16 women’s main draw matches went the distance on Thursday with Latvia’s Anastasija Kravcenoka/Tina Graudina and Americans Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen and Betsi Flint/Emily Day coming out victorious.
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.
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 president of Latvia, Raimonds Vejonis, celebrated on the stands as his fellow countrymen performed greatly during the 2018 Euro Beach Volley U22 Tournament
After pool play, No. 2 seed Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson of Canada and No. 8 Katharina Schutzenhofer/Lena Plesiutschnig of Austria are out of the competition after going 0-2 in their respective pools. Americans Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar and Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil won their respective pool titles.
Americans Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman and Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil are on the Vienna main draw after qualification wins on Tuesday. The pair round out the 32-team field alongside six other qualifiers.
While the men finished up qualifying action, the women got rolling in the main draw with 32 pool play matches, crowning eight champions, including German qualifiers Anna Behlen/Sarah Schneider and Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branagh.