The experienced U.S. beach volleyball duo of Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena defeated the younger Russian team of Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Nikita Liamin, 2-1 (21-17, 22-24, 18-16), in the title match of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event in Moscow on Sunday.
Dalhausser, a three-time Olympian, and 2016 Olympian Lucena were seeded fourth while the Russian duo was the eighth seed. The win was the American pair’s sixth on the World Tour since August 2015. They finished in fifth place at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
The U.S. women’s beach volleyball duo of Brooke Sweat, a 2016 Olympian, and Summer Ross competed in the other championship match on Sunday at the Vodny Stadium Beach Sports Centre and took second place.
The 11th-seeded American women lost to the top-seeded Brazilian team of Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca. The 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) victory gave Larissa and Talita their 15th FIVB World Tour title.
This was just the second World Tour event for Sweat and Ross, who lost to the Brazilian pair in the semifinals of the season-opening tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and placed fourth. It was also the 95th time that Americans faced a team from Brazil in the women’s championship game in 320 FIVB World Tour events.
The next stop on the World Tour calendar will be June 15-18 in the Netherlands.