2017-07-06 16:54:00 CEST
Can three US teams get out of Pool C on Friday?
It’s literally the United States versus Austria in Pool C of the Gstaad Major – and American hopes of making it a hat-trick will go down to wire on the final day of pool play on Friday.
There are three US teams in in the pool – only the 15th time in World Tour history have three teams from the same nation have been drawn together.
It’s so far so good for last year’s silver medalists Nick Lucena and Swiss-born Phil Dalhausser who have won both of their matches so far. The duo are guaranteed place in the elimination phase following a straight sets win over the only non-US team in the pool, Austrian fan favorites Clemens Doppler and Alex Horst.
“It’s been tough because we play a lot against them on the AVP and we practice together,” said Dalhausser, who revealed he has never played against two other American teams in the pool play in his career. “They’re familiar with our game and we’re familiar with theirs. It’s a tough pool.”
Clemens and Alex now face competition from the other two American teams in the pool, Sean Rosenthal and Trevor Crabb and Theo Brunner and Casey Patterson for a spot in the exciting knockout rounds.
However, it’s Theo and Casey who have it all to do on the final day of pool play on Friday. The popular pair have lost both games and will need to beat Lucena/Dalhausser and overcome a 17-point swing to stay in the tournament.
Of the previous 14 times that three teams from the same nation have been drawn in the same pool only six have gone on to advance to the knockout stages.
And Brunner/Patterson will need a favor from countrymen Sean and Trevor should they record the win they so desperately need.
All will become clear on Friday and you can watch all the action unfold live on BeachSteam. Click here to see every game again!