Fort Lauderdale, USA, February 12, 2017 - With a medal assured in the women’s competition as two Brazilian pairs have advanced to the semifinals at the $600,000 Fort Lauderdale Major, the South American country is in position to sweep the gold medals at an FIVB World Tour event for the 57th-time.
The Brazilian men completed the first leg of the sweep here Saturday afternoon on the Fort Lauderdale Beach Park center court when ninth-seeded qualifiers Saymon Barbosa and Alvaro Filho defeated eighth-seeded compatriots Evandro Goncalves and Andre Loyola 2-0 (21-15, 21-17) in 39 minutes to win the $40,000 first-place prize.
In the women’s semifinals, Brazil will have fifth-seeded Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda "Duda" Lisboa and second-seeded Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca representing the South American country against pairs from Germany and the United States.
After upsetting top-seeded April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States in Saturday’s last match in the evening, Agatha and Duda will challenge third-seeded Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude of Germany.Americans Summer Ross (left) and Brooke Sweat seek a Fort Lauderdale medal
Talita and Larissa, who were part of the Brazilian gold medal sweep at the 2015 FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale, will be meeting 13th-seeded Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross of United States in the other final four match Sunday morning.
Following the morning matches, the medal matches will be played in the early afternoon as the final two pairs compete for the $40,000 first-place prize with the second-place finishers sharing $32,000. In the men’s all-American bronze medal match Saturday, top-seeded Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena defeated 24th-seeded Ryan Doherty/John Hyden 2-1 (14-21, 21-13, 15-10) in 41 minutes.