All eyes will be on Hamburg, Germany for the second straight year as the top 10 men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams converge to crown the best of the 2018 FIVB World Tour. Summer Ross/Sara Hughes are the lone Americans among the field.
As the women’s race for the Vienna Major title dropped from 16 members down to four, all five American pairs were eliminated from the competition. Two Brazilian teams, one Dutch and one from the Czech Republic remain.
The race for the women’s Gstaad Major title is down to eight teams, including Americans Alix Klineman/April Ross and Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman and two Canadian teams.
One hundred forty eight men’s and women’s teams from 23 countries are set to desend on Surf City for the first FIVB/AVP hybrid event, the Huntington Beach Open, a four-star international affair beginning Tuesday.
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.
The women’s semifinals and podium matches and men’s gold and bronze medal matches of the Xiamen Four-Star will be streamed live on the FIVB YouTube channel. American women Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar take the sand at 9:05 p.m. ET Saturday.
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.
FIVB Xiamen Four-Star Xiamen, China April 17-21, 2018 Schedule/Results Pool Play winners were crowned Thursday night/Friday morning in Xiamen on…