Ninth-seeded Americans Trevor Crabb/Tri Bourne will face Russia’s Taras Myskiv/Valeriy Samoday in the men’s gold medal match, in a rematch of a Pool H meeting. The tournament marks Bourne’s return to the FIVB stage just a month after making his first AVP appearance in 18 months away with an autoimmune disorder.
After not even making the finals on Friday, Brazil’s Pedro Solberg/Bruno Schmidt were crowned King of the Court on Saturday in Antwerp, Belgium. The duo also was honored for the longest stay on the Kings side of the court during the competition.
Top international teams will compete in four iconic beach volleyball locations around the world for the King of the Court tiel, and with a total prize purse of US$ 450,000 and a new highly-coveted title at stake, play will be fast and furious.
Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb, Brazilians Ricardo Santos/Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes and homestanding Robin Seidl/Philipp Waller highlight the group of eight teams that are moving on from the qualifiers to the Vienna Major main draw.
The men played just one round of qualifying matches at the Vienna Major on Tuesday with the action set to wrap up on Wednesday. Round 2 will feature an all-American pairing and an all-Swiss matchup among eight contests.
Latvia’s Janis Smedins/Aleksandrs Samoilovs, Norway’s Anders Mol/Christian Sorum, Russia’s Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov and Spain’s Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira will battle for the 2018 European Beach Volleyball title on Sunday.
The European Championships podium will be filled with new faces on the women’s side, meanwhile the defending silver and bronze medalists on the men’s side are still in play.
The opening round of pool play at the Gstaad Major was ripe with upsets as four of the top eight seeds fell. Meanwhile, eight teams went on to earn pool titles, including Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb.
After 23 qualifying matches on Tuesday, the men’s main draw field for the Gstaad Five Star is complete with eight teams from seven countries joining the field. Italy advanced two teams through the qualifiers.
Amidst a rain storm, pool play action got underway at the Lucerne Three-Star on Thursday. Six American pairs are through to the knockout phase with one more vying for the round on Friday. Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Tina Graudina also is moving on, competing for her native Latvia.