Ninth-seeded Americans Trevor Crabb/Tri Bourne will face Russia’s Taras Myskiv/Valeriy Samoday in the men’s gold medal match, in a rematch of a Pool H meeting. The tournament marks Bourne’s return to the FIVB stage just a month after making his first AVP appearance in 18 months away with an autoimmune disorder.
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.
Italians Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth won their first tournament together since July 2016, while Russians Maksim Hudyakov/Ruslan Bykanov earned their second title of the season at the Agadir Two Star.
Serbia’s Stefan Basta/Lazar Kolaric, which started the tournament in the qualifying rounds, won their first FIVB World Tour gold medal at the Aydin One-Star, while Sweden’s Kristina Thurin/Susanna Thurin made history with a bronze on the women’s side, for their country’s first ever FIVB World Tour medal.
Saturday set the semifinal stage for the Aydin One-Star after a long day of action including the end of women’s pool play, the round of 12 and the quarterfinals, while the men’s podium matches were set by the end of the day.
Friday was packed with pool play action at the Aydin One-Star with four men’s teams earning pool titles and eight women’s teams setting up for chances at pool crowns, which will decided early Saturday morning.
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Teams from Russia swept the men’s podium and Lithuania secured gold and bronze in the women’s competition
France’s Adrian Caravano and Yann Faure, Russia’s Maksim Hudyakov and Ruslan Bykanov, Serbia’s Lazar Kolaric and Djordje Klasnic and Dutch duo Ruben Penninga and Tom van Steenis each won a pair of matches to advance to the Round of 16.