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.
Slovenia’s Tjasas Jancar/Tjasas Kotnik and France’s Romain Di Giantommaso/Jeremy Silvestre were the first gold medalists of the 2018-19 season, winning the season opening Siofok One Star.
The Tokyo Three Star kicked off on Wednesday with the qualifying round, one women’s match and seven men’s duels. Two American pairs were among the eight teams, which earned spots in the main draw.
No. 2 Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen, No. 3 Betsi Flint/Emily Day and No. 24 Caitlin Ledoux/Sarah Sponcil picked up a pair of victories on Saturday to earn a spot in the Haiyang semifinals beginning at 9 p.m. ET. On the men’s side, two Brazilian pairs are among the final four.
Friday brought pool play to an end at the Haiyang Three Star and also included the first elimination round, setting the table for Saturday’s Round of 16.
Forty one men’s teams and 31 women’s teams will vie for the FIVB Haiyang titles this week, including Americans Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick, Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen and Betsi Flint/Emily Day.