Five American women’s teams are among the final 16 at the Yangzou Four Star. The marquee matchup of Saturday’s Round 2 with pit former partners Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross against each other with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.
Men’s teams from seven countries, including two Russians, and women’s teams from five countries, including three Brazilians and two Americans, are through to the Yangzhou Main Draw after Wednesday’s qualifying.
The final stop on the King of the Court Crown Series tour hits Huntington Beach, California on Saturday with 20 men’s and 20 women’s teams competing.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will be the first stop on the FIVB Beach Major Series tour for the second straight year.
The semifinals are set for the Hawaii Invitational with three American pairs joining Brazilians Agatha/Duda on the women’s side. Brazilians Saymon/Guto and Dutch pair Brouwer Meeuwsen along with Dalhausser/Lucena and Bourne/Grabb will vie for the men’s title.
The King of the Court Crown Series makes its third stop of the season in Waikiki, for a dual gender event, following men’s only events in Utrecht, Netherlands, and Antwerp, Belgium.
The AVP Hawaii Invitational, the final stop on the 2018 tour, is just days away and the field has been set. Eight teams per gender, including both reigning FIVB World Tour Finals champs, with vie for the title in the double-elimination two-day affair.
Smith recorded an assist in the sweep over Iowa State.
With just four matches left in women’s pool play action, there is still a lot to be decided. Only one team has separated itself thus far with Canada’s Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson guaranteed at least a spot in the quarterfinals at 3-1.
Three women’s teams are 2-0 in FIVB World Tour Finals pool play after Day 2: Czech duo Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova, Brazilians Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Santos Lisboa and Canadians Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson.