Women’s pool play continues on Friday with all 32 teams in action. First up, beginning at noon ET are the pool title matches, including three American pairs. Mens action begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Top seeded Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb and No. 19 Trevor Crabb/Tri Bourne are among eight pool title winners to earn a free pass to the second elimination round. Qualifiers Crabb/Bourne knocked off No. 3 Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira in straight sets to claim Pool C.
Six of the seven teams that moved on to the quarterfinals on Friday won their respective pools. The lone exceptions so far are Brazilians Alison/Andre, who ousted third seeded Brouwer/Meeuwsen.
After qualifying and the first three pool play matches in eight groups, teams from eight countries earned free passes to the second knockout round with pool titles. The victors included the top seven seeds and the No. 9 pair.
Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb, Brazilians Ricardo Santos/Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes and homestanding Robin Seidl/Philipp Waller highlight the group of eight teams that are moving on from the qualifiers to the Vienna Major main draw.
The men played just one round of qualifying matches at the Vienna Major on Tuesday with the action set to wrap up on Wednesday. Round 2 will feature an all-American pairing and an all-Swiss matchup among eight contests.
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 Tokyo Three Star semifinals and podium matches are set to begin at 10 p.m. ET Saturday and will be streamed live on the FIVB YouTube channel. Americans Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick will vie for the bronze at midnight ET.
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.