It wasn’t an easy road for Allie Wheeler/Lara Dykstra, but the Americans won their first World Tour medal as a pairing on Saturday. Meanwhile, Russians Taras Myskiv/Valeriy Samoday won their second straight gold.
Cal Poly beach standouts Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden finished off a perfect 7-0 campaign with a gold medal. On the men’s side, history was made as Vladyslav Iemelianchyk/Sergiy Popov became the first ever Ukrianian team to win FIVB World Tour gold.
American pair Emily Sonny/Torrey Van Winden will have its first shot at FIVB gold on Sunday morning, vying for the Porec One Star title.
Brazilians Juliana Felisberta and Carol Horta won their first FIVB gold since pairing up this year, taking the top spot at the Monaco One-Star event in Monte Carlo on Sunday.
There will be a new champion crowned as Germans Kim Behrens and Anni Schumacher, Greeks Panagiota Karagkouni and Konstantina Tsopoulou, New Zealanders Shaunna Marie Polley and Kelsie Wills and Brazilians Juliana Da Silva and Carol Horta advanced through to the semifinals with 2-0 marks.