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 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 top two seeds of the Gstaad Major on the men’s side are out of the competition in a historic occurrence as both failed to win a match during the pool play stage.
Saturday was all seemingly about the men at the Espinho Four Star as the field was whittled from 32 to four. Meanwhile, the women’s podium was decided with the semifinal and medal matches.
The women’s field was whittled down to four, while the men advanced to the first elimination round after pool play on Friday.
The table is set for Saturday’s Round of 16 with pool play and the first elimination round in the books for both genders, with eight of the Top 10 men’s seeds and nine of the Top 10 women’s moving on.
FIVB Xiamen Four-Star Xiamen, China April 17-21, 2018 Schedule/Results Pool Play winners were crowned Thursday night/Friday morning in Xiamen on…
Three big upsets and six tie-break matches highlighted Thursday morning’s men’s pool play action in Xiamen. No. 30 seed Adrian Heidrich and Mirco Gerson of Switzerland knocked off third-seeded Austrians Alexander Horst/Clemens Doppler in three sets in Pool C, while 25th seeded Americans Ryan Doherty/William Allen also got in on the upset action.
No. 3 seed Mariusz Prudel and Jakub Szalankiewicz of Poland prevailed for the Kish Island gold medal in just their second FIVB tournament together, following a fifth-place showing at the Hague in January.
Qualifiers Alexander Walkenhorst and Sven Winter of Germany moved into medal contention alongside teams from Austria, Latvia and Poland with two wins on Friday in Kish Island.