While the men finished up qualifying action, the women got rolling in the main draw with 32 pool play matches, crowning eight champions, including German qualifiers Anna Behlen/Sarah Schneider and Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branagh.
One hundred teams (55 men’s and 45 women’s) made their way to Espinho, Portugal for a chance to compete in the FIVB Four Star event this week. After country quota and qualifying matches, the 32-team fields per gender are set.
In a stacked qualifying pool, only four teams per gender advanced through Thursday’s matches into the main draw. Seeds 2, 3, 5 and 9 made it through on the women’s side, while No. 1 qualifier Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan were knocked out. On the men’s side, seeds 1, 2, 4 and 6 advanced, including top seed Ty Loomis/Piotr Marciniak.
Fourth-seeded Czech pair Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova are the top remaining women’s duo heading into the Itapema quarterfinals after knocking out No. 1 Barbara/Fernanda of Brazil. On the men’s side, the top three seeds are in tact, led by Brazilians Evandro/Andre.
Brazilian teams found success in pool play at the Itapema Four Star, claiming five of the 16 pool titles in their home event.
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Despite beginning the main draw with 41 combined men’s and women’s teams in action, the American pairs were blocked out of the semifinals with one men’s team (John Hyden/Theo Brunner) and one women’s team (Summer Ross/Sara Hughes) finishing in fifth place.
One hundred forty eight men’s and women’s teams from 23 countries are set to desend on Surf City for the first FIVB/AVP hybrid event, the Huntington Beach Open, a four-star international affair beginning Tuesday.
Just one week after earning the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, Canadians Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes sewed up their first FIVB gold since July, besting Americans Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar in straight sets Sunday morning.
The women’s semifinals and podium matches and men’s gold and bronze medal matches of the Xiamen Four-Star will be streamed live on the FIVB YouTube channel. American women Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar take the sand at 9:05 p.m. ET Saturday.