2017-07-08 20:53:00 CEST
And then there were four…
Swiss-born Phil Dalhausser remains on course to win his third golden cowbell in Gstaad after he and Nick Lucena cruised into Sunday’s semifinals.
The Thin Beast is making his 10th appearance in Gstaad and won gold back in 2010 and in the 2007 Beach Volleyball World Championships.
And Phil and Nick, last season’s silver medalists, eased themselves into the final four by blitzing Russians Nikita Liamin and Viacheslav Krasilnikov in straight sets to set-up a meeting with one half of the team that beat them in the 2016 final.
Twelve months ago, Evandro Goncalves lifted the title with previous partner Pedro Solberg. This year Evandro has teamed up with Andre Loyola and the pair made it through to the semifinal with a tense 57-minute three-set win over Canadians Sam Pedlow and Sam Schachter. The North Americans took the first set 21-17 but the Brazilians stormed back, winning the second 21-12 and then the decider in grandstand fashion 20-18.
In the other semifinal, Brazilians Alvaro Filho and Saymon Barbosa will take on Polish pair Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak.
Fort Lauderdale Major gold medalists Alvaro and Saymon needed to call on all of their skill to beat experienced Americans John Hyden and Ryan Doherty, edging a three-set game 22-20, 19-21, 15-11.
The Poles, who already have two silver medals to their name this season on the international tour, needed just half-an-hour to dispatched countrymen Michal Bryl and Grzegorz Fijalek in straight sets.
Sunday’s semifinals kick-off at 10am CET with the bronze medal match at 1.45pm CET and the Gstaad Major grand finale at 3pm CET.