Tuesday, 28 May 2024

USA on to World Tour Finals elimination bracket

All four U.S. beach teams have advanced to the elimination bracket at the 2017 FIVB World Tour Finals in Hamburg, Germany.

Pool play concluded Thursday for the final event of the 2017 FIVB beach season at the World Tour Finals in Germany. The U.S. pairs of Theo Brunner/Casey Patterson, April Ross/Lauren Fendrick, and Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross head into the single elimination Round of 12. Top-seeded Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena won their pool and have earned a bye directly into Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Round of 12 matchups

On Friday in the Round of 12, Fendrick/A. Ross will face Switzerland’s Joana Heidrich/Anouk Verge-Depre, and Sweat/S. Ross will play the Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova. Patterson/Brunner will play Germany’s Markus Bockermann/Lorenz Schumann in the Round of 12, and Dalhausser/Lucena will face the winner of Canada/Russia in the quarterfinals.

Dalhausser and Lucena advance to the quarterfinals after earning the top spot in Pool A. They swept Austria’s Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst on Wednesday to close out pool play with a 2-0 record.

“They are playing great, I don’t know how we did it,” Lucena said of their victory over Austria. “We played pretty smooth, but we are tired. Fortunately, we’ve got the day off tomorrow. The bye gives us a little bit of an advantage in the semifinals. It’s been a good year for us, and we want to finish it on a high.”

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Brunner and Patterson finished with a 1-1 record in Pool B after a three-set victory over Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola of Brazil, 21-18, 16-21, 15-13.

As for the U.S women, Sweat and S. Ross advanced out of Pool B after a loss to Germany’s Kira Ludwig and Laura Walkenhorst, 21-18, 21-12. They defeated the Brazilian team of Larissa Franca/Talita Antunes, 21-19, 24-22, to finish 1-1 in pool play.

“It was crazy out there,” Summer said of their match with Brazil. “Brooke and I just stayed intense. We knew we had the side out there in the end when it was close. It was a battle. Brazil is so good, and we can’t let up or go easy. It was back and forth the entire match, but we stayed steady until the end when it mattered.”

For Fendrick and A. Ross, the duo defeated Switzerland’s Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli, 21-16, 21-16, before falling to Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda Lisboa to finish 1-1 in Pool D.

Fendrick hopes they can adjust and bounce back heading into the elimination rounds, saying afterward that “it was definitely not our best match. They played well and made some adjustments that made us struggle a little bit. We figured out something on our setting that we’ll work to fix for tomorrow. We also need to bring more fire and more energy. We were a little bit flat.”

“It’s a great opportunity to get to play all the best teams in the world,” said A. Ross. “You can never count on anything. You’ve got to bring your A-game and play well to beat these teams.”

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FAQs

Q: What is the FIVB World Tour Finals?
A: The FIVB World Tour Finals is the final event of the 2017 FIVB beach season, where the top beach volleyball teams from around the world compete for the championship title.

Q: What is the single elimination Round of 12?
A: The single elimination Round of 12 is the stage of the tournament where the top 12 teams compete for a spot in the quarterfinals. The teams that win their matches in this round move on to the next stage of the tournament.

Q: Who are the top-seeded U.S. beach teams in the World Tour Finals?
A: The top-seeded U.S. beach teams in the World Tour Finals are Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, April Ross/Lauren Fendrick, Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross, and Theo Brunner/Casey Patterson.

Q: When will the quarterfinals take place?
A: The quarterfinals will take place on Saturday.

Conclusion

The U.S. beach teams have performed exceptionally well in the pool play at the 2017 FIVB World Tour Finals in Hamburg, Germany. All four teams have advanced to the single elimination Round of 12, with top-seeded Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena earning a bye to the quarterfinals. The competition has been fierce, but the U.S. teams have shown great skill and determination. We look forward to seeing how they perform in the upcoming matches and wish them the best of luck in their quest for the championship title.

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