Friday’s AVP Manhattan Beach Open slate marked the return of Tri Bourne, after an 18-month battle with an autoimmune disorder, and also saw the top three seeds in the men’s and women’s brackets stay alive in the winner’s bracket. The No. 5 seeds on both sides also picked up three wins each.
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.
A1 Vienna Beach Major Danube Island; Vienna, Austria Aug. 1-5, 2018 A1 Beach App Streaming Video Qualification Schedule/Results Main Draw…
Americans Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman and Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil are on the Vienna main draw after qualification wins on Tuesday. The pair round out the 32-team field alongside six other qualifiers.
The third event of the 2018 Beach Major Series is set for August 1-5 in Vienna, Austria. It is the last five star level event before the World Tour Finals in Hamburg, August 15-19.
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.
The race for the Haiyang Three Star gold is down to four teams per gender, with three American women’s duos and two Brazilian men’s pairings remaining. Live streaming of the matches is set to begin at 9 p.m. ET
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.
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.