2015-10-02 19:15:00 CEST
Results were coming fast and furious in the FIVB’s newest tournament on Friday afternoon, with women’s Quarterfinals and the conclusion of men’s Pool play. While two pairs of Dutch men windmilled their way out of the pool, two home-country US teams were eliminated.
The good news for Dutch fans: two men’s teams from the Netherlands survived Pool play at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals on October 2 to advance to the Quarterfinals. The bad news: when the men’s Quarters kick off on Saturday, they’ll be playing each other. Fans in The Netherlands will be hard-pressed to decide which team to root for.
The defeat of the USA’s hard-fighting Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson by Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of The Netherlands not only sealed the fate of the Americans but also launched the Dutchmen into the playoffs, where the FIVB World Champions from 2013 will clash against their countrymen Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst, who won against Austria and lost to Brazil before escaping Pool B.
“You only play against tough teams here, and you can get first or you can get last,” said Meeuwsen. “But I have a lot of confidence now, and I am looking forward to the next match. I think we’ll do well.”
In the other men’s Quarterfinal match coming up Saturday, Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt will take on the only Italians in the tournament, Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo. Then the afternoon will close with men’s Semifinals leading up to Sunday’s medal rounds.
The Quarters are already a done deal for the women. The flag-waving fans at Center Court went from cheers to dismay as number-one seeds Lauren Fendrick and April Ross of the USA fell to Canada’s Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan, leaving the men's team of Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena as the only remaining Americans. Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas of Brazil, meanwhile, held off the Netherlands.
Saturday is Semifinals day for the women, too. Canada’s Bansley and Pavan will challenge Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca of Brazil at 11:00am ET. Then at 1:00pm, the other women’s Semi will be a chance for Brazil’s Agatha and Barbara to avenge a Friday loss to Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst in a rematch to determine who will advance to Sunday’s medal rounds.
It all begins at 9:00am ET Saturday, with every match on Center Court at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.
RESULTS, SWATCH BEACH VOLLEYBALL FIVB WORLD TOUR FINALS: FRIDAY, OCT. 2
Women, Pool A
Fendrick/Ross (USA) win vs. Liliana/Elsa (Spain): 21-11, 19-21, 15-9
Ludwig/Walkenhorst (Germany) win vs. Agatha/Barbara Seixas (Brazil): 21-17, 21-19
Women, Pool B
Meppelink/Van Iersel (Netherlands) win vs. Day/Kessy (USA): 16-21, 22-20, 15-7
Larissa/Talita (Brazil) win vs. Pavan/Bansley (Canada): 21-23, 21-17, 17-15
Agatha/Barbara Seixas (Brazil) win vs. Meppelink/Van Iersel (Netherlands): 21-13, 26-24
Pavan/Bansley (Canada) win vs. Fendrick/Ross (USA): 21-15, 21-16
Men, Pool A
Brouwer/Meeuwsen (Netherlands) win vs. Gibb/Patterson (USA): 21-11, 25-27, 15-13
Evandro/Pedro Solberg (Brazil) win vs. Gavira/Pablo Herrera (Spain): injury forfeit
Men, Pool B
Nummerdor/Varenhorst (Netherlands) win vs. Doppler/Horst (Austria): 21-11, 21-18
Alison/Bruno Schmidt (Brazil) win vs. Saxton/Schalk (Canada): 21-16, 21-19
Dalhausser/Lucena (USA) win vs. Doppler/Horst (Austria): 21-10, 24-22
Alison/Bruno Schmidt (Brazil) win vs. Nummerdor/Varenhorst (Netherlands): 21-13, 21-16