Claes, the former USC star, sponcil, and University of California The lead, they were in a hot streak coming to Gstaad, having won 12 consecutive matches in the four-star FIVB Championship. Sochi And the Ostrava events, the latter when they won the championship and snatched their Olympic spot.
Claes and Spooncell, the only one of the four U.S. pairs traveling to Tokyo to compete, and the pool matches this week. They beat Switzerland’s Esme Buebner and Zoe Verg Debre (21-13, 21-8) but failed to secure the farewell with a hard loss to Brazilian Carolina Salgado and Barbara Sixas (21-18, 28-30, 16-14).
On Friday, Claes and Spoonsel advanced to the second round of elimination by defeating Finland’s Rikka Lihonen and Nina Ahtianen (21-13, 21-17). But then they faced another advantageous position of USC at the Olympic Games in Latvia Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka, who emerged victorious 21-19, 21-14.
Kolinsk and Stockmann fell to Brazilian Ana Patricia Silva and Rebecca Cavalcante (21-16, 21-13).
Brazil has dominated so far, putting three teams into the quarter-finals – second seed Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda Lisboa, sixth seed Silva and Cavalcante, and 13th seed Carolina Salgado and qualifier Barbara Seixas.
Women’s Saturday Quarterfinals (EST): 4 a.m.: Kinga, Wjacic and Katarzyna Kosiolic (Poland) vs. Kravchinuka and Graudina (Latvia) 5 a.m. – Silva and Cavalcante (Brazil) vs. Heather Bansley and Brandi Wilkerson (Canada). 9 am: Bednarczuk and Lisboa (Brazil) vs. Tania Huberley and Nina Beechart (Switzerland). 10 a.m.: Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana Paredes (Canada) vs. Salgado and Sixas (Brazil)
As for the men, the Russians have two teams in the semi-finals, which guarantees them a medal. The 2019 world champions, Vyacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovsky, beat the top-ranked Norwegians Anders Mull and Christian Sorum (21-16, 21-19). Their compatriots Nikita Liamin and Taras Miskif came through the playoffs, defeating Poles Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Luciak (13-21, 21-10, 15-11).
Saturday men’s semi-final rounds: 7 am – Krasilnikov and Stoyanovsky (Russia) vs. Sherif Younes and Ahmed Tejan (Qatar). 8 a.m.: Lyamine and Miskev (Russia) vs. Stefan Bormanns and Joerik de Groot (Netherlands)