2019-04-08 09:54:00 CET

Gold for USA in Battambang

One-star glory for Dykstra/House in Cambodia

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American qualifiers Lara Dykstra and Cassie House saw off all comers in Cambodia to win the one-star FIVB World Tour event this weekend.

The duo won six straight matches in Battambang to take their first gold together having only recently paired up.

House, 24, and 26-year-old Dykstra dropped just one set on their march to victory, and made light work of their Greek opponents Dimitra Manavi and Konstantina Tsopoulou in the final, winning 21-19, 21-14.

It was an all-Japanese affair in the fight for bronze, with the medal going the way of Satono Ishitsubo and Asami Shiba 22-20, 21-13 against Sakurako Fujii and Minori Kumanda.

1,000th tournament heads to Thailand

It’s a busy week of FIVB World Tour action with two tournaments in the diary this week – including the 1,000th FIVB sanctioned event beginning today (Monday) in Thailand.

Satun will host a one-star dual-gender event this week with a prize purse of 5,000 US Dollars up for grabs. Among the men’s entrants is 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Sam O’Dea of New Zealand who partners with Johann Timmer.

In the women’s section, another Commonwealth bronze medalist, Miller Pata of Vanuatu, is also in action. American twins Audrey and Nicole Nourse, both 17, are also in the running, as are Manavi and Tsopoulou of Greece following their silver in Cambodia this weekend.

And, if that wasn’t enough, the action continues on Thursday with a double-gender tournament in Langkawi, Malaysia.

Battambang winners Dykstra and House will be aiming to make it a second gold medal in succession, as they line-up with a number of opponents who also competed in Cambodia.

In the men’s division, Aleksandr Sørum, brother of world number one Christian, is in line to feature alongside teammate Jonas Tomter.

We’ll have details of all the winners throughout the week so stay tuned.

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