Four American men’s pairs and three United States women’s duos were among those the eight teams per gender that moved through qualifying into the p1440/FIVB Las Vegas Four Star on Wednesday.
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.
Four pool winners were crowned for each gender on Thursday, setting up Friday’s Round of 12 and eventually the quarterfinal matches. Three Swiss women’s teams and three French men’s pairs were among those crowned at 2-0.
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.
New American duos Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman and Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar are both on to the main draw after recording two wins in women’s qualifying at the Xiamen Four Star. Ryan Doherty/William Allen were among eight teams who made it through on the men’s side.
The Sydney two-star event has ended with Canada and Australia teams taking the gold in the men’s and women’s side of the tournament.
Americans Bill Kolinske and Miles Evans moved on to Saturday’s semifinals with a straight set win over Australia’s Paul Burnett and Joshua Court (21-14, 21-12).
April Ross and Kelly Claes lost in the main draw on Thursday, while fellow Americans Lauren Fendrick and Nicole Branagh, Emily Day and Brittany Hochevar, and Summer Ross and Brooke Sweat fared better with straight-set wins
The first FIVB tournament champions of the 2018 World Tour are Slovenians Jan Pokersnik and Nejc Zemljak.