One hundred teams (55 men’s and 45 women’s) made their way to Espinho, Portugal for a chance to compete in the FIVB Four Star event this week. After country quota and qualifying matches, the 32-team fields per gender are set.
New American duos Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman and Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar are both on to the main draw after recording two wins in women’s qualifying at the Xiamen Four Star. Ryan Doherty/William Allen were among eight teams who made it through on the men’s side.
Russia’s Ruslan Daianov and Taras Myskiv took men’s gold, and Lithuania’s Monika Povilaityte and Ieva Dumbauskaite won the women’s title
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China’s Shuhyu Wen/Xinyi Xia earned their second straight podium finish on the FIVB World Tour, turning last week’s Tangshan Open silver into a gold at the Nantong Open on Sunday.
Russia’s Yulia Abalakina/Ksenia Dabizha upset Brazil’s Juliana/Carol Horta to advance to the Nantong Open semifinals alongside two Chinese teams and one from Lithuania.
China’s Shuhui Wen and Xinyi Xia, Lithuania’s Ieva Dumbauskaite and Monika Poviliatyte, Czech Republic’s Martina Bonnerova and Sarka Nakladalova and Americans Kelly Larsen and Betsi Flint advanced through the first three rounds to Sunday’s semifinals.