2015-07-10 13:00:00 CET
Morning women’s action at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series stop in Gstaad, Switzerland on July 10 set up fascinating early afternoon matchups, including Canada vs. Canada and two contests pitting Brazil against the USA. It all leads up to the drama of Quarter Finals in the evening.
Now that women’s medal rounds are only a day away, every match is an elimination, and there’ll be no holding back Friday afternoon in the Round of 16. Fans looking for the classic confrontation of historic rivals Brazil and the United States will pour into Center Court to see Emily Day and Jennifer Kessy representing the red, white and blue against the new world bronze medalists Juliana Felisberta and Maria Antonelli of Brazil, followed by U.S. stars Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross taking on Brazilian sisters Maria Clara Salgado and Carolina Solberg Salgado.
Meanwhile, Canadian fans will be torn as Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan, the silver medalists from the Poreč Major, face their countrywomen who also made it to the Poreč final four, Jamie Lynn Broder and Kristina Valjas.
Also in the women’s Round of 16: The new world champions from Brazil, Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas, take on a surprising 29th seed from Austria. Two other Brazilian teams will be challenged by Germany and Spain, while Italy will battle Australia, and another pair of chargers from Germany will be challenged by Poland.
Depending on the results, Friday evening’s Quarter Finals could feature a tantalizing showdown between Agatha/Barbara and Walsh Jennings/Ross.
Men’s Main Draw pool play concludes Friday afternoon, establishing the matchups for Saturday’s elimination rounds leading to men’s finals on Sunday.