No. 2 Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen, No. 3 Betsi Flint/Emily Day and No. 24 Caitlin Ledoux/Sarah Sponcil picked up a pair of victories on Saturday to earn a spot in the Haiyang semifinals beginning at 9 p.m. ET. On the men’s side, two Brazilian pairs are among the final four.
American women won four of the eight pool titles at the Haiyang Three Star on Thursday, meanwhile sixth-seeded Americans Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans were the top seeded men’s pair to claim a pool championship.
It was a battle to the finish, but, in the end, the home crowd went home happy as 20th ranked Australians Christopher McHugh and Damien Schumann outlasted 14th-ranked Canadians Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter for the Commonwealth Games gold on Thursday.
World #1 Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan of Canada will take on No. 19 Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy of Australia in the women’s final. On the men’s side, Canada’s Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter, who are ranked No. 14 in the FIVB World listings, will battle Australia’s No. 20 Christopher McHugh and Damien Schumann for gold.
Wednesday’s semifinal field has been determined after four men’s and four women’s quarterfinal matches at the Commonwealth Games. The top four men’s teams made it through, but two top 100 teams were knocked out on the women’s side.
Two Canadian, two Australian and two New Zealander teams won the pool titles at the Commonwealth Games. Quarterfinal action begins Tuesday.
Commonwealth Games Coolangatta Beachfront; Queensland, Australia April 6-12, 2017 Schedule/Results Aussies Mariafe Artacho del Solar/Taliqua Clancy sewed up the…
The No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 qualifiers on the men’s side, including defending Fort Lauderdale gold medalists Alvaro Filho/Saymon Barbosa, the No. 3 seed from Brazil, are out. On the women’s side, Americans Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day were one of eight teams to move on to the main draw.
Three Australian pairs, including the 2017 men’s champion and runnerup, and three American pairs, are through to the Shepparton One Star semifinals, set for Saturday afternoon.
Americans Bill Kolinske and Miles Evans moved on to Saturday’s semifinals with a straight set win over Australia’s Paul Burnett and Joshua Court (21-14, 21-12).