2018-05-13 16:46:00 CEST

Early glory for Crabb & Mayer

The recently-formed American team won the World Tour three-star event in Switzerland

Playing with his third different partner in 2018, Trevor Crabb won his first-ever World Tour medal in Lucerne (Photocredit: FIVB)Playing with his third different partner in 2018, Trevor Crabb won his first-ever World Tour medal in Lucerne (Photocredit: FIVB)

It didn’t take much for the new team of Trevor Crabb and John Mayer to celebrate their first title. Playing just their second tournament together, the Americans won the World Tour three-star tournament in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Sunday.

Crabb, who split with Sean Rosenthal earlier in the season, and Mayer had a comfortable 21-10, 21-16 victory over Serbia’s Stefan Basta and Lazar Kolaric in the gold medal match in Switzerland. The local team of Mirco Gerson and Adrian Heidrich claimed bronze after a 21-19, 21-13 win against Indonesia’s Candra Rachmawan and Mohammad Ashfiya.

In the women’s tournament, Australia’s Taliqua Clany and Mariafe Artacho took the gold home. The runners-up of the 2018 Commonwealth Games prevailed over China’s Fan Wang and Xinyi Xia in straight sets (21-12, 21-18). USA’s Emily Stockman and Kelley Larsen also stepped in the podium following a 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-9) triumph over the Netherlands’ Joy Stubbe and Marleen van Iersel.

Beach Volleyball on Twitter

Happy #Lucerne winners Artacho and Clancy of Australia upon bagging their third gold on the #BeachWorldTour https://t.co/jBCNXy959i

All-Japanese podium in Vietnam

In the women-only one-star event in Tuan Chau Island, Vietnam, Japanese teams occupied all three spots available in the podium. Suzuka Hashimoto and Sayaka Mizoe won gold after a three-set (25-23, 18-21, 15-13) victory over Minori Kumada and Yui Nagata. Kaho Sakaguchi and Yukako Suzuki finished third as they defeated Israel’s Noy Chorin and Sofia Starikovm also 2-1 (21-18, 17-21, 15-13).

Beach Volleyball on Twitter

It was a podium sweep for Japan 🇯🇵 at Tuan Chau Island! Recap how the final day in Vietnam went: https://t.co/a8ZY2Zzx5l #BeachWorldTour

The World Tour will have two more events happening this week with a four-star tournament taking place in Itapema, Brazil, and a one-star competition being played in Aydin, Turkey, from May 17 to 20.

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