Brazilians Alison/Andre Play Into Moscow Quarterfinals

  0 Wendy Mayer | August 10th, 2018 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

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After the final eight teams won their way into the first knockout round, the fields was cut 24 to 10.

The 16 teams who battled in the first knockout round placed second and third in their respective pools.

The winners from those matchups were:

Only two of the eight Round 1 matches went to tiebreak, with Semenov/Leshukov rallying past Belgians Dries Koekelkoren/Tom Van Walle (17-21, 21-18, 15-9) and Krasilnikov/Liamin edging Americans Bill Kolinske/Miles Evans (14-21, 21-15, 15-11).

In the second knockout round, all but one of the eight matches were played, with the final slated for 2 a.m. ET Saturday between Brazil’s No. 5 and Russia’s Krasilnikov/Liamin.

Of the seven matches that were completed, two went the distance. Alison/Andre continued their run with a 17-21, 21-18, 15-10 win over Dutch duo Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen. Qatar’s No. 9 Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan ousted homestanding Semenov/Leshukov 21-18, 17-21, 19-17.

“It was a very tough game, in their home town and they had a full support and they took a lot of energy from the crowd,” Ahmed said. “But we fought and really fought for it and at the end we made it through. They had a lot of motivation to win and it was a big match and like a final. It was like playing against the crowd as well, and we wanted to quiet the crowd down.”

Rounding out the list of quarterfinalists are:

Six of the seven teams that moved on to the quarterfinals won their respective pools. The lone exception so far is Alison/Andre, who ousted third seeded Brouwer/Meeuwsen.

Quarterfinal matchups are:

  • Velichko/Stoyanovskiy vs. Cherif/Ahmed Tijan
  • Smedins/Samoilovs vs. Nicolai/Lupo
  • Alison/Andre vs. Bryl/Fijalek
  • Herrera/Gavira vs. the final Round 2 winner

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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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