Some of the biggest beach volleyball names in the world will make their way to Gstaad, Switzerland for the second of three 2018 FIVB Beach Major tournaments, nicknamed the Major in the Mountains.
Canadians Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson have climbed the FIVB World Tour podium over the last few weeks, culminating in the pair’s first ever gold at the Warsaw Four Star on Sunday. Meanwhile top seeded Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak of Poland claimed the men’s title.
Andre/Evandro have had the upper-hand since Brazil’s latest beach partner reshuffle on the men’s side.
Six of the eight men’s pool winners were crowned on Thursday before thunderstorm interrupted the action. Eight women’s pool winners punched their tickets to the second elimination round.
Fourth-seeded Czech pair Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova are the top remaining women’s duo heading into the Itapema quarterfinals after knocking out No. 1 Barbara/Fernanda of Brazil. On the men’s side, the top three seeds are in tact, led by Brazilians Evandro/Andre.
Brazilian teams found success in pool play at the Itapema Four Star, claiming five of the 16 pool titles in their home event.
History was made on the men’s side of the Huntington Beach Four-Star as seventh-seeded Dutch duo Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands became the first European team in nearly 22 years to claim an FIVB event title on American soil. The last was Norway’s Jan Kvalhelm/Bjorn Masseide at the 196 U.S. Open in Hermosa Beach, California.
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Despite beginning the main draw with 41 combined men’s and women’s teams in action, the American pairs were blocked out of the semifinals with one men’s team (John Hyden/Theo Brunner) and one women’s team (Summer Ross/Sara Hughes) finishing in fifth place.
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.