Dykstra and House reach Battambang semifinals
USA's Lara Dykstra and Cassie House advanced to the final four of the FIVB World Tour 1-star event in Battambang
The USA pair came from the qualification round and reached their first World Tour final four as partners after beating Germany’s Anika Krebs and Leonie Welsch 2-0 (21-19, 21-15).
Three other teams that had strong showing in pool play – Japanese pairs Sakurako Fujii and Minori Kumada and Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba, and Greece’s Konstantina Tsopoulou and Dimitra Manavi – succeeded in their respective quarterfinal matches.
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Top seeded Japanese pair Sakurako and Kumada rallied from a set down to win their match against New Zealand’s Francesca Kirwan and Olivia MacDonald 2-1 (20-22, 21-17, 16-14) to earn the semifinal berth, while their compatriots Ishitsubo and Shiba secured their final four spot with a 2-0 (21-18, 23-21) win over Russia’s Aleksandra Ganenko and Anastasiia Frolova.
Tsopolou and Manavi sustained their momentum in the competition with a steady 2-0 (21-18, 21-19) finish against Israel’s Sofia Starikov and Anita Dave.
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