FIVB Tokyo Three Star
- Tokyo, Japan
- July 25-29, 2018
The podium matches are set for the men’s Tokyo Three Star, while the women’s semifinals start the evening’s action.
All semifinals and podium matches will be streamed live on the FIVB YouTube channel.
Germans Philipp Arne Bergmann/Yannick Harms will take on Americans Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick for the bronze at midnight Saturday. Chile’s Marco Grimalt/Esteban Grimalt will face Serbia’s Lazar Kolaric/Stefan Basta for the gold medal at 2:30 a.m. ET Sunday.
The Grimalts will be looking for their first FIVB World Tour podium finish and have already achieved their best placing of the season ahead of a ninth-place effort the Espinho Four Star on July 8.
Kolaric/Basta are looking for their third podium finish of the season, following gold at the Aydin One Star on May 20 and silver at the Lucerne Three Star on May 13.
Despite tonight’s result, Patterson/Slick, which teamed up in January, have achieved their top FIVB placing of the year ahead of a fifth-place effort at the Lucerne Three-Star.
Bergmann/Harms are looking for their first podium finish since winning gold at the Oman One Star on March 17 and just their second as a pairing.
On the women’s side, Finland’s Taru Lahti-Liukkonen/Anniina Parkkinen earned the first spot in the semifinals.
The remaining three quarterfinal matches which were washed out yesterday started the action on Saturday:
- Megumi Murakami/Miki Ishii (Japan) def. Riikka Lehtonen/Niina Ahtiainen (Finland)21-17, 21-17
- Teresa Mersmann/Cinja Tillmann (Germany) def. Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil (USA) 21-18, 21-14
- Ingrid Lunde/Oda Johanne Ulveseth (Norway) def. Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara (Canada) 21-14, 21-17
The women’s semifinals are set for 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET Saturday. The bronze medal match will be played at 1:15 a.m. ET Sunday followed by the gold at 3:45 a.m. ET.
Mersmann/Tillmann will play Murakami/Ishii in the first semifinal, while Lunde/Ulveseth will take on Lahti/Parkkinen.
Mersmann/Tillmann are vying for their second FIVB crown of 2018 following a gold at the Baden One Star on June 17.
Murakami/Ishii are looking for their first FIVB podium finish since winning gold at the Daegu One Star on July 16, 2017.
Lunde/Ulveseth and Lahti-Luikkonen/Parkkinen are seeking their first ever FIVB medals.
Women’s Semifinal 1 – 10 p.m. ET
Women’s Semifinal 2 – 11 p.m.
Women’s Bronze – 1:15 a.m. ET Sunday
Women’s Gold – 3:45 a.m. ET Sunday
Men’s Bronze – Patterson/Slick vs. Bergmann/Harms – midnight
Men’s Gold – Grimalt/Grimalt vs. Kolaric/Basta – 1:45 a.m. Sunday