The top three women’s seeds, including two Canadian duos, and defending Gstaad Major champions No. 7 Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude will battle for a shot at the title on Sunday.
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.
Americans Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman won their fifth match in Gstaad to claim the Pool G title and a free pass to the second elimination round on Friday. April Ross/Alix Klineman and the top five seeds also claimed pool crowns.
Some of the biggest beach volleyball names in the world will make their way to Gstaad, Switzerland for the second of three 2018 FIVB Beach Major tournaments, nicknamed the Major in the Mountains.
While the men finished up qualifying action, the women got rolling in the main draw with 32 pool play matches, crowning eight champions, including German qualifiers Anna Behlen/Sarah Schneider and Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branagh.
Canadians Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson have climbed the FIVB World Tour podium over the last few weeks, culminating in the pair’s first ever gold at the Warsaw Four Star on Sunday. Meanwhile top seeded Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak of Poland claimed the men’s title.
Andre/Evandro have had the upper-hand since Brazil’s latest beach partner reshuffle on the men’s side.
Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about, claiming the Ostrava Four Star title in the Czech Republic. Spain’s Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira earned gold with a tiebreak win over Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak.
The semifinals are set for the Ostrava Four Star and the home crowd with have one team to cheer for on both the men’s and women’s sides in Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner and Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova.
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.