Doha, Qatar, March 7, 2018 – Qatar’s leading team of Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan will need to overcome Canadian duo Sam Pedlow and Sam Schachter if they are to continue their progress at the KATARA Beach Volleyball Cup on Thursday.
The identity of the four teams that will contest the KATARA Beach Volleyball Cup semifinals will be known come the end of play after two rounds of matches at the KATARA Village Amphitheatre.
Teams that won their pool have progressed directly to the quarterfinals in the afternoon, but the second and third will face off in the second round in the morning.
The 4-Star KATARA Beach Volleyball Cup is running from March 6-10, and is taking place at the KATARA Cultural Village. It is the fourth time that Doha has hosted an FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament, following competitions in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Cherif and Ahmed Tijan are seeded eighth, three places higher than the two Sam’s. It is their fourth tournament since they teamed up at the end of 2017, with a second round finish at The Hague 4-Star tournament earlier in the year their best finish.
Number one seeds Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena will try to return to winning ways after a loss to their US compatriots left them to face the second round. They will now take on Canada’s 14th-ranked Ben Saxton and Grant O’Gorman.
The Netherlands’ leading team of Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen will also need to go through the second round if they want to win second World Tour medals of 2018.
They will need to beat the Kish Island 3-Star gold medallists Mariusz Prudel and Jakub Szalankiewicz if they are to add to their bronze from The Hague.