Langkawi, Malaysia, April 14, 2019 – The United States’ Lara Dykstra and Cassie House won their second straight FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour title, following their three-set win at the Langkawi 1-star on Sunday.
Dykstra and House had a tough day on the last day at Langkawi, but the USA pair still managed to make a comeback against their rivals in the semifinal and final round of play.
First, they eluded Greece’s Konstantina Tsopoulou and Dimitra Manavi in the semifinal 2-1 (17-21, 21-8, 19-17), then foiled the strong start of Ukraine’s Diana Lunina and Maryna Samoday in the final with a tight finish 2-1 (16-21, 21-19, 15-13).
The USA pair won their first gold medal in Battambang, Cambodia on April 7, while the Ukrainian pair placed third in Satun, Thailand on April 11.Quick links - Beach volleyball:
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In the bronze medal match, Greece’s Tsopoulou and Manavi defeated Japan’s Mayu Sawame and Yurika Sakaguchi 2-1 (13-21, 21-13, 15-13).
The last time Greece had a team reach a women’s FIVB World Tour medal match was on April 7 at the Battambang 1-star, where they placed second behind Dykstra and House.