After pool play, No. 2 seed Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson of Canada and No. 8 Katharina Schutzenhofer/Lena Plesiutschnig of Austria are out of the competition after going 0-2 in their respective pools. Americans Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar and Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil won their respective pool titles.
Americans Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman and Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil are on the Vienna main draw after qualification wins on Tuesday. The pair round out the 32-team field alongside six other qualifiers.
The third event of the 2018 Beach Major Series is set for August 1-5 in Vienna, Austria. It is the last five star level event before the World Tour Finals in Hamburg, August 15-19.
Marco Grimalt/Esteban Grimalt of Chile earned their first FIVB World Tour podium finish, while Germans Teresa Mersmann/Cinja Tillman posted a trio of sweeps on Sunday to earn their second tour title.
The podium matches are set for the men’s Tokyo Three Star, while the women’s first of the women’s semifinalists was decided. Team USA’s Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick will vie for bronze, while Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil are in the women’s quarterfinals.
Americans Betsi Flint/Emily Day and Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil and three Japanese duos are among 16 women’s teams left at the Tokyo Three Star. Meanwhile, Team USA’s Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick remain among the final eight on the men’s side.
American Stafford Slick/Casey Patterson were among eight pool title winners crowned at the Tokyo Three Star on Thursday, while three of the four women’s teams representing the USA won their opening pool matches.
With the Gstaad Major under way, the Beach Major Series announced its wildcard entries for the Vienna Major, which will be played July 30 – August 5 on Danube Island.
Americans Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman won their fifth match in Gstaad to claim the Pool G title and a free pass to the second elimination round on Friday. April Ross/Alix Klineman and the top five seeds also claimed pool crowns.
Four of the five American women’s teams in the main draw won their opening pool play matches at the Gstaad Major on Wednesday.