Just one week after earning the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, Canadians Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes sewed up their first FIVB gold since July, besting Americans Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar in straight sets Sunday morning.
Three American women’s pair made the Xiamen quarterfinals, but only No. 23 seed Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar, who are playing in their first tournament together, remained standing as the Final Four was set. On the men’s side, Russians Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin will face countryen Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Igor Velichko for the gold Sunday morning.
Three American teams, 10 of Top 15 seeds will play in the Xiamen Round of 16 on the women’s side, while three Brazilians duos, 11 of Top 15 will be in action on men’s side in Xiamen.
Three big upsets and six tie-break matches highlighted Thursday morning’s men’s pool play action in Xiamen. No. 30 seed Adrian Heidrich and Mirco Gerson of Switzerland knocked off third-seeded Austrians Alexander Horst/Clemens Doppler in three sets in Pool C, while 25th seeded Americans Ryan Doherty/William Allen also got in on the upset action.
Evandro, who is only 27 years of age and the youngest beach volleyball world champion ever, is showing resolve and maturity beyond his years in this difficult moment of his life and career
No. 1 seed Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena and fellow Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb alongside Brazilian pairs Alison Cerutti/Bruno Schmidt and Pedro Solberg Salgado/George Wanderley jumped forward into the Round of 16 with pool play titles on Thursday.
Three Brazilian pairs and two Americans are among the 16 teams vying for pool crowns on Thursday in Fort Lauderdale after winning their opening pool play matches.
VolleyMob sat down with Fort Lauderdale No. 1 seed and top American duo Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena to find out their memories of the home tournament and get their thoughts on the season ahead, the state of USA and beach volleyball and each other.
The teams for the FIVB World Tour five-star event in Fort Lauderdale have been announced.