USA’s Crabb/Gibb, Austria’s Seidl/Wall Lead Vienna Men’s Qualifiers

  0 Wendy Mayer | August 01st, 2018 | FIVB Majors Series, FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

A1 Vienna Beach Major

Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb, Brazilians Ricardo Santos/Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes and homestanding Robin Seidl/Philipp Waller highlight the group of eight teams that are moving on from the qualifiers to the Vienna Major main draw.

Joining those two are:

Three of the eight matches went the distance with Seidl/Waller rallying for a 15-21, 21-9, 16-14 win in front of a home crowd of more than 5,000 fans.

Koekelkoren/Van Walle also came back after dropping their opening set of Round 2, besting Turkey’s Murat Giginoglu/Volkan Gogtepe 13-21, 21-15, 15-8.

O’Gorman/Saxton held on for a 21-14, 18-21, 15-9 win over Argentina’s Nicolas Capogrosso/Julian Azaad.

Crabb/Gibb outlasted fellow Americans Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans 21-14, 21-16. Crabb/Gibb jumped out to a 7-2 lead in Set 1 including an ace by Crabb. Kolinske/Evans rallied to within three four times, last at 15-12, before Crabb/Gibb outscored them 6-2 down the stretch. In Set 2, Crabb/Gibb built a five point lead at 11-6 and Kolinske/Evans cut the margin to three at 15-12 on a Kolinske block. An Evans putaway stopped the first match-point try, but a service error capped the match at 21-16.

The men’s main draw action will begin on Thursday with pool play.

Fifth-seeded Americans Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena are in Pool A alongside Latvians Martins Plavins/Edgars Tocs.

John Hyden/Theo Brunner will play in Pool B with 2017 Vienna bronze medalists Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin. 

Crabb/Gibb were dealt into Pool D with Spain’s Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira.

Pool E features two Brazilian sides: Ricardo/Guto and Pedro Solberg/Bruno Schmidt alongside the Grimalt cousins, who won the Tokyo Three Star on Sunday, and fourth-seeded Dutch pair Alexander Bouwer/Robert Meeuwsen.

No. 2 Alison Cerutti/Andre Loyola Stein of Brazil and No. 3 Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak of Poland are grouped together in Pool F.

Top seeded Vitor Felipe/Evandro Goncalves Oliveira from Brazil are in Pool G, while 2017 Vienna runnerup Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst of Austria headline Pool H.

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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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