China carried on its tradition of Asian Games beach gold medals as Fan Wang/Xinyi Xia rallied past Japan’s Miki Ishii/Megumi Murakami 17-21, 21-19, 15-10 on Monday. The gold marked the fifth straight for China.
It will be China vs. Japan for the women’s gold medal on Monday, while Indonesia and Qatar will face off on the men’s top stage on Tuesday.
Teams from four countries are set to vie for medals in the women’s semifinals, while three countries will be represented in the men’s final four after the quarterfinals on Saturday.
After 48 men’s and 32 women’s pool play matches, the Asian Games beach volleyball field was narrowed to 16 teams per gender moving on into the elimination rounds.
The upset of the day happened in women’s Pool D as 2012 and 2016 Asian Games champions Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee of Thailand fell to Kazakhstan’s Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova 18-21, 21-12, 15-11 on Day 1 of beach volleyball action.
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.
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.
Forty one men’s teams and 31 women’s teams will vie for the FIVB Haiyang titles this week, including Americans Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick, Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen and Betsi Flint/Emily Day.
Americans John Mayer and Trevor Crabb, who started the tournament as a wildcard entry and dropped their opening pool play match, capped a six-match win streak and secured their first ever FIVB medal, winning gold at the Lucerne Three-Star on Sunday. Countrymen Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen earned bronze at the tournament.
Lucerne Three-Star Lucerne, Switzerland May 9-13, 2018 Double-Gender Schedule/Results Americans John Mayer/Trevor Crabb are still in the running for…