Americans Summer/Sweat Join 2 Brazilians, 1 German in #FTLMajor Semis

  0 Wendy Mayer | March 02nd, 2018 | FIVB Majors Series, FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach


After beginning the tournament in the qualifying rounds, new duo Taiana Lima/Carol Horta of Brazil have claimed a spot in the Fort Lauderdale Major semifinals.

Horta finished atop the podium at the Monaco One Star in June 2017 with Juliana after previously pairing with Maria Antonelli for a fourth-place finish at the Xiamen Three Star in April.

Lima’s previous best FIVB World Tour finish was a fifth-place effort at the Gstaad Five-Star in July 2017 with Elize Maia.

No. 9 Barbara Seixas De Freitas/Fernanda Alves will join their countrywomen in the semis after knocking out No. 4 seed Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (Czech Republic).

Germans Victoria Bieneck/Isabel Schneider kept the Brazilians from having a chance at a podium sweep, taking out No. 10 seed Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa.

No. 13 seed Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross were the lone remaining American team in the quarterfinals after taking out countrywomen Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes in round 2 and kept their winning streak going with a straight set victory over No. 2 seed Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan from Canada.

No. 1 overall seed Lauren Fendrick and Nicole Branaugh ran into a buzzsaw in Agatha/Duda.

Somehow the Brazilians were able to avoid any head to head meetings throughout the main draw.

Germans Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch (No. 21) rounded out the top eight. Only four of the Top 10 seeds made it through to the quarterfinals.

Lima/Horta will face Schneider/Bieneck in the first semifinal on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. ET, while Barbara/Fernanda and Summer/Sweat face off at 11:15.


Women’s Quarterfinals

Taiana Lima/Carol Horta (Brazil)  def. Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch (Germany) 21-19, 23-25, 15-13

Barbara Seixas De Freitas/Fernanda Alves (Brazil) vs. Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (Czech Republic) 21-14, 21-15

 Isabel Schneider/Victoria Bieneck (Germany) def. Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa (Brazil) 21-16, 22-20

Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross (USA) def. Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada) 22-20, 25-23


Women’s Main Draw Round 2

Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada) def. Fan Wang/Xinyi Xia (China) 21-18, 21-14

Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross (USA) def. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USA) 21-15, 21-13

Taiana Lima/Carol Horta (Brazil) def. Taliqua Clancy/Mariafe Artacho del Solar (Australia) 21-17 , 21-19

Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch (Germany) def. Taylor Pischke/Jamie Lynn Broder (Canada) 21-10, 21-16

Barbara Seixas De Freitas/Fernanda Alves (Brazil) def. Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada) 16-21, 21-19, 15-13

Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (Czech Republic) def. Nadezda Makroguzova/Svetlana Kholomina (Russia) 21-18, 18-21, 15-6

Isabel Schneider/Victoria Bieneck (Germany) def. Kim Behrens/Sandra Ittlinger (Germany)  21-15, 16-21, 15-11

Agatha Bednarczuk /Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa (Brazil) def. Lauren Fendrick/Nicole Branaugh (USA) 21-16, 21-17




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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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