Four pool winners were crowned for each gender on Thursday, setting up Friday’s Round of 12 and eventually the quarterfinal matches. Three Swiss women’s teams and three French men’s pairs were among those crowned at 2-0.
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.
New American duos Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman and Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar are both on to the main draw after recording two wins in women’s qualifying at the Xiamen Four Star. Ryan Doherty/William Allen were among eight teams who made it through on the men’s side.
The Sydney two-star event has ended with Canada and Australia teams taking the gold in the men’s and women’s side of the tournament.
Americans Bill Kolinske and Miles Evans moved on to Saturday’s semifinals with a straight set win over Australia’s Paul Burnett and Joshua Court (21-14, 21-12).
April Ross and Kelly Claes lost in the main draw on Thursday, while fellow Americans Lauren Fendrick and Nicole Branagh, Emily Day and Brittany Hochevar, and Summer Ross and Brooke Sweat fared better with straight-set wins
The first FIVB tournament champions of the 2018 World Tour are Slovenians Jan Pokersnik and Nejc Zemljak.
Czech duo Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner; Slovenians Jan Zemijak and Nejc Pokersnik; Serbia’s Lazar Kolaric and Djordje Klasnic and France’s Youssef Krou and Quincy Aye advanced to semifinals with a pair of wins on Friday.
The semifinal and podium matches will be streamed live on the FIVB youtube channel on Saturday morning.
France’s Yousef Krou and Quincy Aye won their first FIVB gold medal as a pairing, topping Qatar’s Julio Cesar Nascimento Junior and Ahmed Tijan for the Agadir One Star title on Sunday.