Two Qualifiers Among 8 Teams that Round Out Kish Island Top 16

  0 Wendy Mayer | February 22nd, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

Pool play wrapped up and the final eight spots in the Round of 16 were decided on Thursday at the Kish Island Three Star.

Five of the eight first round matches went the distance, with Maxime Thiercy/Arnaud Gauthier-Rat (France), Haralds Regza/Kristaps Smits (Latvia), Olivier Barthelemy/Romain Di Giantommaso (France), Nils Ehlers/Lorenz Schumann (German), and Martin Ermacora/Moritz Pristauz (Austria) coming out on top.

All but Ermacora/Pristauz had to rebound after dropping the opening stanza. Two of the sides began in qualifiers – Barthelemy/Di Giantommaso and Alexander Walkenhorst/Sven Winter (Germany)  – bringing the list of qualifiers in the second round to five.

Christoph Dressler/Robin Seidl (Austria), Dirk Boehle/Steven Van De Velde (Netherlands), and Walkenhorst/Winter won in straight sets. The Germans’ win was not without drama, however, as Set 1 went to a 30-28 score. 

The group moves on to join the following pool winners in Friday’s second round:  Andrea Abbiati/Tiziano Andreatta (Italy), Arnas Rumsevicius/Lukas Kazdailis (Lithuania), Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov (Russia), Martins Plavins/Edgars Toc (Latvia), Alex Ranghieri/Marco Caminati (Italy),ariusz Prudel/Jakub Sazalnkiewicz (Poland), Julian Horl/Tobias Winter (Austria) and Ade Rachmawan Candra/Mohammad Ashfiya (Indonesia).

Americans Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans won in pool play but were knocked out of the competition in Round 1, falling to Thiercy/Gauthier-Rat.

Stafford Slick/Casey Patterson lost in straight sets in their final pool play match to end their stay at the tournament. 


Main Draw Round 1

Maxime Thiercy/Arnaud Gauthier-Rat (France) def. Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans (USA) 18-21, 21-19, 15-6

Haralds Regza/Kristaps Smits (Latvia) def. Nejc Zemljak/Danijel Pokersnik (Slovenia) 14-21, 21-15, 15-13

Christoph Dressler/Robin Seidl (Austria) def. Vladyslav Iemelianchyk/Sergiy Popov (Ukraine) 21-19, 21-16

Dirk Boehle/Steven Van De Velde (Netherlands) def. Mathias Berntsen/Hendrik Mol (Norway) 21-19, 21-17

Olivier Barthelemy/Romain Di Giantommaso (France) def. Julius Thole/Clemens Wickler (Germany) 16-21, 21-15, 15-10

Nils Ehlers/Lorenz Schumann (Germany) def. Jyrki Nurminen/Santeri Siren (Finland) 23-25, 21-19, 15-13

Martin Ermacora/Moritz Pristauz (Austria) def. Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan (Qatar) 21-16, 17-21, 15-13

Alexander Walkenhorst/Sven Winter (Germany) def. Rihards Finsters/Aleksandrs Solovejs (Latvia) 30-28, 21-18


Thursday Pool Play Results

Main Draw Pool A

Nils Ehlers/Lorenz Schumann (German) def. Rahman Raoufi/Bahman Salemiinjehboroun (Iran) 18-21, 24-22, 15-10


Main Draw Pool B

Nejc Zemljak/Danijel Pokersnik (Slovenia) def. Aghamohammad Salagh/Abolhamed Mirzaali (Iran) 21-16, 24-22


Main Draw Pool C

Vladyslav Iemelianchyk/Sergiy Popov (Ukraine) def. Aliaksandr Dziadkou/Aliaksandr Kavalenka (Belarus) 21-15, 15-21, 15-12


Main Draw Pool D

Dirk Boehle/Steven Van De Velde (Netherlands) def. Oleksii Denin/Denys Denysenko (Ukraine) 21-19, 21-15


Main Draw Pool E

Martin Ermacora/Moritz Pristauz (Austria) def. Abbas Pourasgari/Arash Vakili (Iran) 20-22, 21-16, 15-11


Main Draw Pool F

Alexander Walkenhorst/Sven Winter (Germany) def. Martin Appelgren/Simon Boman (Sweden) 21-11, 21-19


Main Draw Pool G

Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans (USA) def. Kacper Kujawiak/Maciej Rudol (Poland) 21-18, 21-13


Main Draw Pool H

Julius Thole/Clemens Wickler (Germany) def. Stafford Slick/Casey Patterson (USA) 21-18, 21-11



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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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