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2015-10-03 12:00:00 CEST

World Champions will set the tone in men’s semifinals

Morning Quarterfinals for the men in Fort Lauderdale have set up afternoon Semifinal showdowns where World Champions from Brazil will face rivals from their home country and former World Champions from the USA and the Netherlands will face off in the other men’s Semi.

Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of The Netherlands defeated their countrymen Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst to advance to the afternoon’s Semifinals at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals, where undefeated Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena will be waiting for them. Brouwer and Meeuewsen are the 2013 World Champions, while Dalhausser won the title in 2007, setting up an exciting clash.

The reigning World Champions from Brazil, Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt, defeated Italy in the other morning Quarterfinal and will face off with Evandro Goncalves and Pedro Solberg in the other men’s Semi – creating a battle between the two pairs who have been named to Brazil’s 2016 Olympic team.

Photocredit: Andreas LangreiterPhotocredit: Andreas Langreiter

The lineup for the women’s medal matches will also be determined by the end of the day, with Semifinals underway pitting Brazil against Canada and Brazil against Germany.

Men’s Semifinal action begins at 2:30 pm Eastern Time.