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.
Two of the biggest stories of the AVP Hermosa Beach Open were the last minute pairings of two of the event’s contenders due to injury with each garnering mixed results.
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.
AVP Tour mainstay Phil Dalhausser will be utilizing an alternate partner this weekend in Hermosa Beach, his coach Jason Lochhead. Lochhead has coached Dalhausser and partner Nick Lucena since March 2017.
The men’s podium at the Gstaad Major will be full of new faces as the last of the previous three years’ medalists fell in the quarterfinals on Friday. Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo (Italy), Anders Mol/Christian Sorum (Norway), Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira (Spain) and Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb (USA) remain.
The top two seeds of the Gstaad Major on the men’s side are out of the competition in a historic occurrence as both failed to win a match during the pool play stage.
The opening round of pool play at the Gstaad Major was ripe with upsets as four of the top eight seeds fell. Meanwhile, eight teams went on to earn pool titles, including Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb.
Some of the biggest beach volleyball names in the world will make their way to Gstaad, Switzerland for the second of three 2018 FIVB Beach Major tournaments, nicknamed the Major in the Mountains.
Saturday was all seemingly about the men at the Espinho Four Star as the field was whittled from 32 to four. Meanwhile, the women’s podium was decided with the semifinal and medal matches.
The women’s field was whittled down to four, while the men advanced to the first elimination round after pool play on Friday.