Women’s pool play continues on Friday with all 32 teams in action. First up, beginning at noon ET are the pool title matches, including three American pairs. Mens action begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.
The American women went 6-0 in Day 1 of pool play at the Yangzhou Four Star, while Ryan Doherty/Billy Allen were among the pool title winners on the men’s side at the Yangzhou Four Star on Thursday.
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.
Marco Grimalt/Esteban Grimalt of Chile earned their first FIVB World Tour podium finish, while Germans Teresa Mersmann/Cinja Tillman posted a trio of sweeps on Sunday to earn their second tour title.
The Tokyo Three Star semifinals and podium matches are set to begin at 10 p.m. ET Saturday and will be streamed live on the FIVB YouTube channel. Americans Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick will vie for the bronze at midnight ET.
The podium matches are set for the men’s Tokyo Three Star, while the women’s first of the women’s semifinalists was decided. Team USA’s Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick will vie for bronze, while Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil are in the women’s quarterfinals.
Americans Betsi Flint/Emily Day and Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil and three Japanese duos are among 16 women’s teams left at the Tokyo Three Star. Meanwhile, Team USA’s Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick remain among the final eight on the men’s side.
American Stafford Slick/Casey Patterson were among eight pool title winners crowned at the Tokyo Three Star on Thursday, while three of the four women’s teams representing the USA won their opening pool matches.
After two days of pool play, the women’s field is down to 24 teams, while the men are set to wrap up pool action on Thursday at the CEV European Beach Championships.
Saturday was all seemingly about the men at the Espinho Four Star as the field was whittled from 32 to four. Meanwhile, the women’s podium was decided with the semifinal and medal matches.