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


Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba beat top seeds Sakurako Fujii and Minori Kumada to move to the quarterfinal round in Langkawi

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.