Four American men’s pairs and three United States women’s duos were among those the eight teams per gender that moved through qualifying into the p1440/FIVB Las Vegas Four Star on Wednesday.
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.
The men played just one round of qualifying matches at the Vienna Major on Tuesday with the action set to wrap up on Wednesday. Round 2 will feature an all-American pairing and an all-Swiss matchup among eight contests.
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.
The No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 qualifiers on the men’s side, including defending Fort Lauderdale gold medalists Alvaro Filho/Saymon Barbosa, the No. 3 seed from Brazil, are out. On the women’s side, Americans Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day were one of eight teams to move on to the main draw.
No. 3 seed Mariusz Prudel and Jakub Szalankiewicz of Poland prevailed for the Kish Island gold medal in just their second FIVB tournament together, following a fifth-place showing at the Hague in January.
The top nine seeds of the tournament won their opening round pool play matches, with No. 1 Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak of Poland leading the way with a 21-9, 21-13 victory.
Heading to the finals of the FIVB World Beach Tour event in Moscow are Phil Daulhausser and partner Nick Lucena, who are on a roll this season, after taking the first two AVP Tour events.
The second day of play of the FIVB World Tour event in Moscow has come to a close, with eight teams advancing onward to the quarterfinals of the competition.