Nine of the top 10 seeds moved on to the men’s Round of 16 at the Yangzhou Four Star. Three American teams rounded out the field, which also includes three Russians and three Brazilians.
Men’s teams from seven countries, including two Russians, and women’s teams from five countries, including three Brazilians and two Americans, are through to the Yangzhou Main Draw after Wednesday’s qualifying.
Anders Mol (right) and Christian Sorum (left) won 3 of the 4 biggest World Tour events of the 2017-2018 season.
Norway’s Anders Mol/Christian Sorum won their fourth straight gold medal and biggest yet, taking the FIVB World Tour Finals title with two wins on Saturday, including a gold medal win sweep of ninth-seeded Michal Bryl/Grzegorz Fijalek of Poland.
The final four is set for the men’s FIVB World Tour Finals after pool play concluded and two quarterfinal matches were contested on Friday. Two teams from Poland, one from Germany and one from Norway will vie for podium positions.
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.
All eyes will be on Hamburg, Germany for the second straight year as the top 10 men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams converge to crown the best of the 2018 FIVB World Tour. Summer Ross/Sara Hughes are the lone Americans among the field.