FIVB Moscow Four Star
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 Brazilians will be looking for their first medal in their sixth tournament as a pairing.
Smedins/Samoilovs, who have played together since 2013, are seeking their fourth FIVB World Tour medal and fifth overall including a runnerup finish at the CEV European Championships (July 22). The pair’s last gold came at the Espinho Four Star on July 8. The Latvians earned bronze medals at the Warsaw Four Star (July 1) and Fort Lauderdale Major (March 4).
Top seeded Russians Oleg Velichko/Igor Stoyanovskiy will look to give the home crowd something to cheer about in the bronze medal match against fifth-seeded Brazilians Vitor Felipe/Evandro Goncalves Oliveira.
A podium finish would be the third of the year for the Russians, who won the Xiamen Four Star on April 22 and were runners up at the Doha Four Star on March 10.
Vitor Felipe/Evandro are aiming for their second FIVB medal of the year since teaming up in June. The duo finished second at the Warsaw Four Star on July 1. The Brazilians were fourth at the Espinho Four Star on July 8.
Velichko/Stoyanovskiy vs. Vitor Felipe/Evandro – 7:35 a.m. ET
Smedins/Samoilovs vs. Alison/Andre – 11:20 a.m. ET