Satun, Thailand, April 8, 2018 – Japan’s Takumi Takahashi/Yusuke Ishijima and Yuya Ageba/Katsuhiro Shiratori kept their composure to progress to the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball SMM Pak Bara Beach Satun 1-star at the Pak Bara Beach on Sunday.
Takahashi/Ishijima and Ageba/Shiratori led the four Japanese entries in the main draw, winning both matches in qualification round.
Takahashi/Ishijima opened their campaign with a 2-0 (24-22, 21-14) win over Sweden’s Simonsson/Frantzich, then took on Australia’s Hodges/Ferguson for another straight-set (21-19, 21-14) win.
Ageba/Shiratori eliminated their compatriots Murakami Hatabe 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) and ended the Kazakh pair Sidorenko/Dyachenko’s hopes of moving on to the next round with a 2-1 (21-13, 18-21, 15-12) win.
Spain’s Raul Mesa/Christian Garcia and Austria’s Peter Eglseer/Alexander Huber showed great spirit to win both matches in the qualification round.
The Spaniards secured the spot in the main draw with a steady 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) win over Austria’s Schnetzer/Mullner, while the remaining Austrian duo Eglseer/Huber conquered the 2-1 (21-17, 17-21, 15-7) bout against Kazakhstan’s Yakovlev/Bogatu.
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