FIVB Moscow: Sweat and Ross, Dalhausser and Lucena in finals

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Summer Ross, right, with Brooke Sweat celebrate a 2017 win/FIVB photo

Americans Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross are making a surprise appearance in the women’s championship match of the  FIVB Moscow on Sunday. On the men’s the USA’s Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are also in the final. 

The 11th-seeded Sweat and Ross continued to feast on German opponents on a very chilly Saturday, as they knocked out Karla Borger and Margareta Kozuch in the third round and then Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider in the semifinals.

They will play top-seeded Brazilians Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca in the final of the three-star FIVB event.

In the women’s bronze, No. 4 Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda Duda of Brazil will face No. 19 Bieneck and Schneider

Fourth-seeded Dalhausser and Lucena will play No. 8 Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Nikita Liamin after a 41-degree day that fed into the Russians’ home-court advantage.

No. 15-seeded Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin will play for bronze against Latvia’s Janis Smedins and Alexsandrs Samoilovs, the top seed.

As host country, Russia was allowed five entries in the men’s competition. Krasilnikov and Liamin scored key wins over No. 24 Maciej Rudol and Jakub Szalankiewicz of Poland (21-18, 21-15) and No. 1 Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins of Latvia (21-14, 21-17) to reach Sunday’s gold-medal final.

Stoyanovskiy and Yarzutkin upset No. 7 Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands (15-21, 21-15, 15-7) and No. 10 Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira of Spain (21-16, 21-18) to advance to the medal rounds before Lucena andl Dalhausser dropped them into the bronze-medal match (21-14, 21-17) before a relatively empty stadium.

In the first FIVB event of the year, Lucena and Dalhausser finished third. They skipped FIVB Rio to win AVP Austin.

The Brazilian women continued their international dominance as Antunes and Franca and Bednarczuk and Lisboa clashed in the semifinals, with the top seeds coming out on top 23-21, 18-21, 15-10. In the second semifinal, Ross and Sweat battled Bieneck and Schneider in a taut 21-15, 19-21, 17-15 affair.

The victory was the Americans’ second three-set win of the day after edging a second German team, No. 20 Borger and Kozuch, 14-21, 21-19, 15-12.

Sweat and Ross have cemented their position as the spoilers of 2017, after their fourth-place finish in Fort Lauderdale. 

Phil Dalhausser passes as Nick Lucena prepares to set Saturday at FIVB Moscow/FIVB photo
Saturday’s men’s results
Round 3
Match 49: Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin Russia (8) def. Maciej Rudol/Jakub Szalankiewicz Poland (24) 21-18, 21-15 (0:35)
Match 50: Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins Latvia (1) def. Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt Brazil (3) 18-21, 22-20, 15-12 (0:50)
Match 51: Nick Lucena/Phil Dalhausser United States (4) def. Michal Bryl/Grzegorz Fijalek Poland (14) 21-19, 18-21, 15-8 (0:50)
Match 52: Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin Russia (15) def. Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira Spain (10) 21-16, 21-18 (0:32)
Semifinals
Match 53: Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin Russia (8) def. Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins Latvia (1) 21-14, 21-17 (0:33)
Match 54: Nick Lucena/Phil Dalhausser United States (4) def. Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin Russia (15) 21-14, 21-17 (0:31)
Saturday’s women’s results
Round 3

Match 49: Summer Ross/Brooke Sweat United States (11) def. Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch Germany (20, Q2) 14-21, 21-19, 15-12 (0:43)
Match 50: Victoria Bieneck/Isabel Schneider Germany (19) def. Maria Antonelli/Carolina Salgado Brazil (15, Q1) 21-15, 24-22 (0:36)
Match 51: Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda “Duda” Lisboa Brazil (4) def. Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude Germany (3) 15-21, 21-17, 15-8 (0:43)
Match 52: Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca Brazil (1) def. Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy Australia (12) 21-19, 21-17 (0:32)
Semifinals
Match 53: Summer Ross/Brooke Sweat United States (11) def. Victoria Bieneck/Isabel Schneider Germany (19) 21-15, 19-21, 17-15 (0:44)
Match 54: Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca Brazil (1) def. Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda “Duda” Lisboa Brazil (4)

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