Ishitsubo and Shiba edge top-seeded compatriots in Langkawi pool play

Langkawi, Malaysia, April 12, 2019 – Japanese pair Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba beat their top-seeded compatriots Sakurako Fujii and Minori Kumada in the second round of pool play to gain direct entry into the quarterfinals of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Langkawi 1-star on Friday.

Ishitsubo and Shiba gained momentum from their 2-0 (21-17, 21-12) win over Thailand’s Pronsuda Kritsana and Sumintra Sow in the first round to beat their fellow nationals 2-0 (21-15, 21-15) in Pool A.

In Pool B, Battambang 1-star gold medallists Lara Dykstra and Cassie House kept their winning run going with two straight-set wins. The American duo defeated Germany’s Anika Krebs and Leonie Welsch 2-0 (21-15, 21-14) and Malaysia’s Chou Hwa Chia and Jessie Lai 2-0 (21-7, 21-17).

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Romanian pair Beata Vaida and Ioana-Alexandra Ordean was the third team in pool play to win both their matches in straight sets. They dominated in Pool C with a 2-0 (22-20, 21-10) triumph against New Zealand’s Francesca Kirwan and Olivia MacDonald and a 2-0 (21-17, 21-11) victory over the Netherlands’ Annemieke Driessen and Ilke Meertens.

Greece’s Konstantina Tsopoulou and Dimitra Manavi managed to win Pool D, following their victories over Japan’s Mayu Sawame and Yurika Sakaguchi 2-1 (17-21, 21-16, 15-13) and USA’s Audrey and Nicole Nourse 2-0 (21-17, 21-15), respectively.


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