Qinzhou, China, October 30, 2019 – The United States’ Travis Mewhirter and Michael Boag registered two victories in the men’s qualification round to enter the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Qinzhou 3-star on Wednesday.
Mewhirter and Boag started with a 2-0 (21-16, 21-18) win over Israel’s Sean Faiga and Netanel Amiram Ohana, before securing their spot in the main draw with a three-set comeback victory over Japan’s Yusuke Ishijima and Katsuhiro Shiratori 2-1 (16-21, 21-12, 20-18).
“This is the first FIVB World Tour I’ve ever played and the second time Mike (Boag) and I have played together, so to do that against the No.1 seed in the qualifiers is just awesome,” said an ecstatic Mewhirter. “It’s awesome to come out here and be in my first main draw. It’s the most fun volleyball I’ve played in a long time.
“In the third set, we went up pretty big at 8-4 and then we went out on some opportunities, then we were down. Our opponents had four match points, but Mike was just playing well and aggressively swinging. We stayed really calm and ended on the good side.”
Brazil’s Hevaldo Sabino Moreira and Vinicius Rezende Costa Freitas also recorded double victories in qualification. The South American pair defeated China’s Wang Yanwei and Liu Chuangyong 2-0 (21-10, 21-14) and Thailand’s Narongdet Kangkon and Banlue Nakprakhong 2-0 (21-19, 21-7) to clinch the spot to the main draw.
Denmark’s Martin Trans Hansen/Kristoffer Abell and Mads Rosager/Jacob Stein Brink, Russia’s Ruslan Bykanov/Alexander Likholetov and Daniil Kuvichka/Anton Kislytsyn, France’s Jeremy Silvestre/Arnold Loiseau and Thailand’s Nuttanon Inkiew/Sedtawat Padsawud won their respective matches in the second round of qualification.
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