Four American men’s pairs and three United States women’s duos were among those the eight teams per gender that moved through qualifying into the p1440/FIVB Las Vegas Four Star on Wednesday.
Slovenia’s Tjasas Jancar/Tjasas Kotnik and France’s Romain Di Giantommaso/Jeremy Silvestre were the first gold medalists of the 2018-19 season, winning the season opening Siofok One Star.
The Tokyo Three Star kicked off on Wednesday with the qualifying round, one women’s match and seven men’s duels. Two American pairs were among the eight teams, which earned spots in the main draw.
No. 2 Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen, No. 3 Betsi Flint/Emily Day and No. 24 Caitlin Ledoux/Sarah Sponcil picked up a pair of victories on Saturday to earn a spot in the Haiyang semifinals beginning at 9 p.m. ET. On the men’s side, two Brazilian pairs are among the final four.
Germany’s Dan John/Eric Stadie will face countrymen Bennett Poniewaz/David Poneiwaz for the World University Beach Championships on Friday after each pair won two matches on Thursday.
Two German teams highlight the World University Beach Championships quarterfinal field after Wednesday’s Round 2 matchups.
The race for the World University Beach Championships is down to 16 men’s teams as the eight pool winners and eight Round 1 winners remain after a knockout round on Tuesday. Americans Brett Rosenmeier/Colton Cowell are among the group.
All eight men’s pools saw two teams go 2-0 to set up pool title matches on Tuesday, with just three matches going to tiebreak on Day 1 of the World University Beach Championships.
Eight men’s and eight women’s pairs fought through two qualifying rounds to earn berths to the Lucerne Three-Star 32-team main draw on Wednesday. Among those moving on were Americans Lane Carico/Lara Dykstra and Chase Budinger/Sean Rosenthal.
Eight teams punched their tickets to the Round of 16 at the Kish Island Three Star on Wednesday, each notching a pair of victories in pool play action.