2017 FIVB World Tour – Olsztyn
Brazil’s Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes are through to the championship match after a pair of straight set wins on Saturday in the quarterfinals and semifinals. Larissa/Talita defeated Germany’s Chantel Laboureur and Julia Sude in the quarters and took down countrywomen. Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda “Duda” Lisboa in the semis.
Agatha/Duda earned their spot in the semis with a win over Czech Republic’s Kristyna Kolocova and Michala Kvapilova.
Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes will battle Larissa/Talita in the final after winning a pair of three-set matches. Pavan/Humana-Paredes edged Swiss duo Joana Heidrich and Anouk Verge-Depre 21-15, 26-28, 15-10 in the quarters and snuck past Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and Nicole Branagh 21-13, 19-21, 16-14 in the semis.
Walsh Jennings/Branagh moved into the podium matches by topping fellow Americans Summer Ross and Brooke Sweat.
Larissa/Talita are aiming for their fourth FIVB title, following gold medals at last week’s Long Beach President’s Cup, Moscow Three Star, and Fort Lauderdale Five Star.
Walsh Jennings/Branagh will meet Agatha/Duda, looking for their first podium finish in just their fourth FIVB tournament since joining forces.
Larissa/Talita (Brazil) def. Laboureur/Sude (Germany) 21-16, 21-18
Agatha/Duda (Brazil) def. Kolocova/Kvapilova (Czech Republic) 21-16, 21-19
Pavan/Humana-Peredes (Canada) def. Heidrich/Verge-Depre 21-15, 26-28, 15-10
Walsh Jennings/Branagh (USA) def. Summer/Sweat 21-15, 21-18
Larissa/Talita def. Agatha/Duda 21-19, 24-22
Pavan/Humana-Paredes def. Walsh Jennings/Branagh 21-13, 19-21, 16-14