FIVB Xiamen Four-Star
- Xiamen, China
- April 17-21, 2018
The Xiamen Four-Star kicked off with 14 men’s matches and four women’s matches in the first qualifying round. Victors on the men’s side moved on to Thursday’s second round with the top eight teams earning a spot in the main draw.
On the women’s side, the remainder of the 14 matches will be played on Thursday along with the second round.
Both American men’s teams in the qualifiers won on Wednesday: Ryan Doherty/William Allen and Bill Kolinski/Miles Evans. Unfortunately, only one of the duos will be able to move on to the main draw as the teams will face off in Round 2.
Of the 14 matches, only three went the distance, with Italy’s Raurich Carambula/Gabriele Pasquale and Austria’s Robin Seidl/Christoph Dressler overcoming first set losses. Cuba’s Sergio Reynaldo Gonzalez/Diaz Gomez Nivaldo hung on for the win after dropping set two of their tie-break match.
On the women’s side, Germany’s Kim Behrens/Sandra Ittlinger, who have been among the Top 10 at their last five FIVB events, including a runner-up finish at the Aalsmeer One-Star in October, made quick work of their first round foe, winning 21-12, 21-13.
Spain’s Amaranta Navarro/Angela Lobato made their way through a tie-break overcoming a 21-15 Set 1 loss to defeat Paraguay’s Michelle Amarilla/Erika Bobadilla.
Joining the first round qualifying action on Thursday are newly formed American duos Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman and Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar.
Ilya Lehukov/Konstantin Semenov (Russia) def. Nils Ehlers/Lorenz Schumann (Germany) 21-18, 25-23
Raurich Adrian Ignacio Carambula/Gabriele Pasquale (Italy) def. Martin Ermacora/Moritz Pristauz (Austria) 17-21, 25-23, 15-11
Youssef Krou/Quincy Aye (France) def. Martin Appelgren/Simon Boman (Sweden) 21-10, 21-19
Julius Thole/Clemens Wickler (Germany) def. Arnas Rumsevicius/Lukas Kazdailis (Lithuania) 21-15, 21-18
Felipe Humana-Paredes/Cameron Wheelan (Canada) def. Artem Yarzutkin/Maxim Sivolap (Russia) 21-17, 21-17
Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson (Switzerland) def. Maciej Rudol/Kacper Kujawiak (Poland) 21-15, 21-16
Bill Kolinski/Miles Evans (USA) def. Mart Tijsaar/Kusti Nolvak (Estonia) 21-17, 21-15
Ryan Doherty/William Allen (USA) def. Netanel Amiram Ohana/Shani Cohen (Isreal) 21-19, 21-18
Christiaan Varenhorst/Jasper Bouter (Netherlands) def. Jinqiu Liu/Xingu Tang (China) 21-12, 21-10
Romain Di Giantommaso/Olivier Barthelemy (France) def. Haralds Regza/Kristaps Smits (Latvia) 21-18, 21-15
Sergio Reynaldo Gonzalez/Diaz Gomez Nivaldo (Cuba) def. Oleksii Denin/Denys Denysenko (Ukraine) 21-15, 22-24, 15-10
Robin Seidl/Christoph Dressler (Austria) def. Danijel Pokesnik/Tadej Bozenk (Slovenia) 18-21, 21-16, 15-8
Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner (Czech Republic) def. Sergiy Popov/Vladyslav Iemelianchyk (Ukraine) 21-15, 21-19
Markus Bockermann/Lars Fluggen (Germany) def. Yanwei Wang/Chaowei Zhou (China) 21-14, 21-17
Kim Behrens/Sandra Ittlinger (Germany) def. Martyna Kloda/Agata Ceynowa (Poland) 21-12, 21-13
Amaranta Navarro/Angela Lobato (Spain) def. Michelle Amarilla/Erika Bobadilla (Paraguay) 15-21, 21-10, 15-8
Azusa Futami/Akiko Hasegawa (Japan) def. Nicole Eiholzer/Elena Steinemann (Switzerland) 21-17, 21-19
Julie Gordon/Sophie Bukovec (Canada) def. Ksenia Dabizha/Daria Rudykh (Russia) 21-18, 21-17