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2015-10-02 20:00:00 CET

Looking ahead to an action-packed Playoff Saturday

Several high-profile match-ups should give us an unbelievable weekend as we move into the elimination rounds.

The Dutch are forced to face off against each other at 9AM - so look for a very intense and well-paced match as these two teams know each other all too well. Directly following that the #1 team in the world, Brazil’s Alison and Bruno will take on Italy’s Nicolai and Lupo. Both these teams have a powerful offense and two very tall and dominating blockers that can take over a match at any time. On the women’s side, the semi-final matches are positioned to be two of the best women’s battles of the week. In particular, the pairing of Germany and Brazil should provide plenty of fireworks and exciting plays all around.

Photocredit: Andreas LangreiterPhotocredit: Andreas Langreiter

Later in the afternoon we get to see the winners from the men’s semis return to center court and take on the undefeated dominating teams of USA’s Dalhausser/Lucena and Brazil’s Evandro/Pedro. Both of these teams have proven over the past four days that they are two of the most skilled and consistent beach athletes on earth. Those semifinals might be the best matches the 2015 FIVB World Tour has seen.

Men’s Quarterffinals

9 a.m. - Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen, Netherlands vs. Reinder Nummerdor/Christiaan Varenhorst, Netherlands
10 a.m. - Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt, Brazil vs. Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai, Italy

Women’s Semifinals

11 a.m. - Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca, Brazil vs. Heather Bansley/Sarah Pavan, Canada
1 p.m. Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst, Germany vs. Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas, Brazil

Men’s Semifinals

2:30 p.m. - Evandro Goncalves/Pedro Solberg, Brazil  vs. winner of 10 a.m. quarterfinal match
3:30 p.m. - Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, United States  vs. winner of 9 a.m. quarterfinal match


The top three teams moved onto the playoffs tomorrow

Pool A
1 Evandro/Pedro Solberg (BRA)
2 Brouwer/Meeuwsen (NED)
3 Nicolai/Lupo [9] (ITA)

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4 Gibb/Patterson (USA)
5 Herrera/Gavira (ESP)

Pool B
1 Dalhausser/Lucena (USA)
2 Alison/Bruno Schmidt (BRA)
3 Nummerdor/Varenhorst (NED)

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4 Schalk/Saxton (CAN)
5 Doppler/Horst (AUT)

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