Marco Grimalt/Esteban Grimalt of Chile earned their first FIVB World Tour podium finish, while Germans Teresa Mersmann/Cinja Tillman posted a trio of sweeps on Sunday to earn their second tour title.
The podium matches are set for the men’s Tokyo Three Star, while the women’s first of the women’s semifinalists was decided. Team USA’s Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick will vie for bronze, while Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil are in the women’s quarterfinals.
Americans Betsi Flint/Emily Day and Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil and three Japanese duos are among 16 women’s teams left at the Tokyo Three Star. Meanwhile, Team USA’s Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick remain among the final eight on the men’s side.
Americans Betsi Flint/Emily Day picked up five wins en route to the Haiyang Three Star title, while Caitin Ledoux/Sarah Sponcil earned the bronze. Austrians Robin Seidl went 6-0 on the way to the mens gold, topping Brazilians George/Thiago in the final.
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.
Forty one men’s teams and 31 women’s teams will vie for the FIVB Haiyang titles this week, including Americans Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick, Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen and Betsi Flint/Emily Day.
Austrians won two of the three podium spots on the men’s side and the silver medal on the women’s side in front of the home crowd at the Baden open.
Eight men’s and eight women’s pairs fought through two qualifying rounds to earn berths to the Lucerne Three-Star 32-team main draw on Wednesday. Among those moving on were Americans Lane Carico/Lara Dykstra and Chase Budinger/Sean Rosenthal.