Americans Summer Ross/Sara Hughes and Brazilian duo Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Santos Lisboa will fight it out for the Moscow Four Star title live on the FIVB’s YouTube channel beginning at 10:05 a.m. ET Sunday.
The race for the Moscow Four Star gold is down to two women’s teams: Americans Summer Ross/Sara Hughes, who are in their first year together, and Brazilian power duo Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Santos Lisboa, who teamed up in January 2017.
Brazilian duo Alison Cerutti/Andre Loyola Stein teamed up in June after splitting with their respective partners. The pair has finished as high as fifth at the Warsaw Four Star on July 1, but has not been able to break onto the podium until now.
Brazilians Alison Cerutti/Andre Loyola Stein, the No. 13 seed, will battle No. 6 Latvians Janis Smedins/Aleksandrs Samoilovs for the Moscow Four Star gold title on Sunday at 11:20 a.m. ET. The bronze medal will be decided at 7:35 a.m. ET.
Two American pairs – April Ross/Alix Klineman and Summer Ross/Sara Hughes – are among the women’s quarterfinalists at the Moscow Four Star and they are set to play one another on Saturday for a spot in the semifinals.
Six of the seven teams that moved on to the quarterfinals on Friday won their respective pools. The lone exceptions so far are Brazilians Alison/Andre, who ousted third seeded Brouwer/Meeuwsen.
Seven of the top eight seeds, including Americans April Ross/Alix Klineman, won pool titles in Moscow. Qualifiers Elize Maia/Maria Clara Salgado rounded out the group as the third Brazilian pool winners.
After qualifying and the first three pool play matches in eight groups, teams from eight countries earned free passes to the second knockout round with pool titles. The victors included the top seven seeds and the No. 9 pair.
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