Eight men’s and eight women’s pairs fought through two qualifying rounds to earn berths to the Lucerne Three-Star 32-team main draw on Wednesday. Among those moving on were Americans Lane Carico/Lara Dykstra and Chase Budinger/Sean Rosenthal.
It was a day of firsts in the championship matches of the Mersin Three-Star on Sunday as Austria’s Lena Plesiutschnig/Katharina Schutzenhofer and Russia’s Ilya Leshukov/Konstantin Semenov earned their first World Tour gold medals with three-set championship wins.
Eight countries will be represented in the Mersin Three-Star semifinals on Sunday morning after two more rounds of men’s and women’s action Saturday. Cubans Diaz Nivaldo/Sergio Gonzalez are looking for their third FIVB medal.
Eight teams punched their tickets to the Round of 16 at the Kish Island Three Star on Wednesday, each notching a pair of victories in pool play action.
After two rounds of qualifying, two Ukrainian sides, two from Germany and one each from France, Russia, Lithuania and Italy earned the right to move on to the Kish main draw of the Kish Island Three Star.
Konstantin Semenov is back playing beach volleyball after an unsuccessful return to the indoor game