Plavins/Tocs, Ranghieri/Caminati, Semenov/Leshukov cruise to easy pool play wins at Kish Island


Martins Plavins showed great defence in his team's two pool play victories in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour MICA Mall Kish Island 3-star

Kish Island, Iran, February 21, 2018 – Latvia’s Martins Plavins/Edgars Tocs, Italy’s Alex Ranghieri/Marco Caminati and Russia’s Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov each cruised to two straight-set victories in pool play of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour MICA Mall Kish Island 3-star at the Kish Marine Recreation Sports Complex on Wednesday.

Plavins/Tocs opened their Kish Island campaign with impressive performances against Iran’s Aghamohammad Salagh/Abolhamed Mirzaali 2-0 (21-11, 21-19) and Norway’s Mathias Berntsen/Hendrik Nikolai Mol 2-0 (21-18, 21-13) to lead in Pool A.

Ranghieri/Caminati likewise shared great chemistry on court, which resulted in victories over Sweden’s Martin Appelgren/Simon Boman 2-0 (21-17, 21-16) and France’s Maxime Thiercy/Arnaud Gauthier-Rat 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) in Pool F.

Russia’s Semenov/Leshukov are really making their presence felt with another pair of victories against USA’s Stafford Slick/Casey Patterson 2-0 (21-13, 21-12) and Austria’s Cristophe Dessler/Robin Seidl 2-0 (23-21, 21-19) in Pool H, following their two victories in the qualification round on Tuesday.

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Another Italian pair topped their pool, as Tiziano Andreatta/Andrea Abbiati earned double three-set victories over Iran’s Rahman Raoufi/Bahman Semaiinjehboroun and Latvia’s Haralds Regza/Kristaps Smits in Pool A.

Poland’s Mariusz Prudel/Jakub Szalankiewicz aced their first match with a straight-set win, and managed to overcome a hurdle in their next match with a three-set triumph in Pool D. Austria’s Julian Horl/Tobias Winter and Indonesia’s Ade Rachmawan/Mohammad Afshiya experienced the same pattern, but nevertheless succeeded in both matches setting up the respective leaderships in Pool C and Pool E.

For Lithuania’s Arnas Rumsevicius/Lukas Kazdailis, their campaign started with a 2-1 win followed by a much easier 2-0 victory to sit on top of Pool G.