Germans Julius Thole/Clemens Wickler and Norway’s Anders Mol/Christian Sorum are 3-0, while fifth seeded Latvians Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins and sixth-seeded Spaniards Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira were mathematically eliminated from the race for the FIVB World Tour Finals title on Thursday.
Day 1 of the World Tour Finals included eight men’s matches with Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak headlining the action with a pair of victories. Meanwhile, Norwegians Anders Mol/Christian Sorum extended their win streak to 20 matches.
As the sand in Hamburg, Germany, heats up ahead of the FIVB World Tour Finals, take a look at the men’s race, including top seeded Norwegians Anders Mol/Christian Sorum and three-time 2018 gold medalists Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen from the Netherlands.
Brazilian duo Alison Cerutti/Andre Loyola Stein teamed up in June after splitting with their respective partners. The pair has finished as high as fifth at the Warsaw Four Star on July 1, but has not been able to break onto the podium until now.
Six of the seven teams that moved on to the quarterfinals on Friday won their respective pools. The lone exceptions so far are Brazilians Alison/Andre, who ousted third seeded Brouwer/Meeuwsen.
After qualifying and the first three pool play matches in eight groups, teams from eight countries earned free passes to the second knockout round with pool titles. The victors included the top seven seeds and the No. 9 pair.
Young Norwegians Anders Mol/Christian Sorum continued their winning tear from the month of July, extending their current win streak to 19 matches with a Vienna Beach Major title victory over Poland’s Michal Bryl/Grzegorz Fijalek.
The men’s semifinals are set for the Vienna Beach Major with No. 3 Anders Mol/Christian Sorum of Norway and No. 5 Dutch pair Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen leading the field. No. 14 Grzegorz Fijalek/Michal Bryl (Poland) and No. 24 Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan (Qatar) round out the group.
Teams from nine countries remain among the final 16 men’s pairs at the Vienna Major, including three from Brazil and two each from Austria, Russia, Latvia and the United States.
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.