Americans Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman and Emily Day/Betsi Flint were among the eight women’s teams who made it through qualifiers to the main draw of the Itapema Four-Star on Wednesday. Three German teams highlighted the men’s qualifiers.
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.
Out of the Netherlands, Sanne Keizer will partner up with Madelein Meppelink after taking a few years off to focus on other work and family.
Dutch duo Joy Stubbe and Madelein Meppelink and Italian pair Marco Caminati and Enrico Rossi won the titles at the Aalsmeer One Star on Sunday. American teams took silver (men’s) and bronze (women’s).
Top seeded Joy Stubbe and Madelein Meppelink of the Netherlands will play for gold in front of their home crowd on Sunday, facing Germany’s Kim Behrens and Sandra Ittlinger
Five Dutch pairs, three men’s and two women’s, and three American duos, two women’s and one men’s, are through to the Aalsmeer quarterfinals.
The 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship has ended with Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst taking the title away from April Ross and Lauren Fendrick in three.
#3 seeded Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda ‘Duda’ Santos Lisboa won’t be advancing to the Round of 16 at the 2017 Vienna Beach World Championships after Czech pair, Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova took them down in three sets 2-1, (16-21, 21-19, 16-14).
The top two seeds – No. 1 Larissa Franca and Talita Altunes of Brazil and No. 2 Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude of Germany – but two top five seeds fell.