FIVB Hague: Unlikely matchups in both women’s and men’s finals

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Joana Heidrich (left) and Anouk Verge-Depre of Switzerland celebrate their semifinal victory Saturday/FIVB photo

Both sides of the FIVB three-star pro beach volleyball event in The Hague got unpredictable on Saturday, setting up a most unlikely two finals.

On the women’s side, the last American team, fifth-seeded Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross, fell victim to a suddenly hot pair in 17th-seeded Joana Heidrich and Anouk Verge-Depre of Switzerland in the quarterfinals.

Heidrich joined Verge-Depre, the 2016 Olympian, this season and now they’re in the final after beating Sweat and Ross  21-17, 21-16 and then fourth-seeded Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda “Duda” Lisboa. And their victory over the fourth seeds from Brazil was quite a battle, as the 24-26, 21-17, 18-16 attests.

In the other semifinal, 15th-seeded  Maria Antonelli and Carolina Salgado Brazil, who came through the qualifier, ousted 10th-seeded Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes 21-19, 21-16.

For the men, the championship match has sixth-seeded Adrian Gavira and Pablo Herrera of Spain (facing the seventh seed, Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Nikita Liamin of Russia.

Men
Quarterfinals

Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai Italy (11) def. Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst Austria (12) 21-19, 21-14 (0:33)
Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera Spain (6) def. Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter Canada (9) 21-15, 21-19 (0:32) Nico Beeler/Marco Krattiger Switzerland (20) def. Gustavo “Guto” Carvalhaes/Pedro Solberg Brazil (5) 16-21, 21-14, 15-11 (0:44)
Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin Russia (7) def. Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen Netherlands (1) 21-16, 21-14 (0:32)
Semifinals
Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera Spain (6) def. Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai Italy (11) 21-19, 21-16 (0:38) Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin Russia (7) def. Nico Beeler/Marco Krattiger Switzerland (20) 21-18, 21-18 (0:40)
Bronze medal: Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai Italy (11) vs. Nico Beeler/Marco Krattiger Switzerland (20)
Gold medal: Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera Spain (6) vs. Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin Russia (7)
Women
Quarterfinals
Joana Heidrich/Anouk Verge-Depre Switzerland (17) def. Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross United States (5) 21-17, 21-16 (0:36)
Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda “Duda” Lisboa Brazil (4) def. Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca Brazil (1) 21-17, 21-15 (0:31)
Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes Canada (10) def. Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson Canada (12) 21-18, 21-7 (0:31)
Maria Antonelli/Carolina Salgado Brazil (15, Q1) def. Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy Australia (11) 21-17, 23-21 (0:40)
Semifinals
Joana Heidrich/Anouk Verge-Depre Switzerland (17) def. Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda “Duda” Lisboa Brazil (4) 24-26, 21-17, 18-16 (1:02)
Maria Antonelli/Carolina Salgado Brazil (15, Q1) def. Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes Canada (10) 21-19, 21-16 (0:39)
Bronze medal: Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda “Duda” Lisboa Brazil (4) vs. Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes Canada (10)    
Gold medal: Joana Heidrich/Anouk Verge-Depre Switzerland (17) vs. Maria Antonelli/Carolina Salgado Brazil (15, Q1)     

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