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Dalhausser and Lucena win quarterfinal, will play for World Tour Finals podium finish on Sunday

By Corinne Calabro | Aug. 26, 2017, 1:50 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are en route to playing for a podium finish at the FIVB World Tour Finals. The Olympians beat Canada in the quarterfinals on Saturday to earn their spot in Sunday's semifinals round.

Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are the last American team standing at the 2017 FIVB World Tour Finals, following a terrific start that aided their advancing to the semifinals. USA Volleyball saw its three other teams eliminated on Friday in the Round of 12.

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Dalhausser and Lucena topped Canada's Ben Saxton/Chaim Schalk, 21-23, 25-23, 15-12, on Saturday in the quarterfinal matchup.

"We've just been around for so long and we knew anything could happen," said Dalhausser. "And something just happened there and we ended up winning. These guys are good, they've been in finals before. Anybody can win on a given day."

With the victory, Dalhausser/Lucena are 4-1 against Saxton/Schalk.

"They've been playing well, hats off to them," added Lucena. "We got lucky but I'll take it. Anytime you're down 19-15, 99-percent of the time you are going to lose the game. But we are capable of scoring points and that's what we did. We carried it over to the third."

The Americans entered the match rested after having Friday off due to winning their pool 2-0 on Thursday. They now face Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak of Poland in the semifinal on Sunday morning. Soon after they will play either Brazil or Italy for a gold or bronze medal.

Against Poland, the U.S. leads the series with a 3-2 edge. The last time the two teams met was in July in Olsztyn, Poland, and roughly two weeks prior to that, in Switzerland - the U.S. won both meetings. Seeded No. 1 at the World Tour Finals, Dalhausser/Lucena also have experience in the same Hamburg venue, winning in 2016 at the Hamburg Major.

USA qualified the maximum four teams, two per gender, that a country could have in the tournament. April Ross/Lauren Fendrick, Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross, and Casey Patterson/Theo Brunner all tied for ninth after being eliminated on Friday in the Round of 12.

WEEK IN REVIEW            
Aug. 23      Result 
     Dalhausser/Lucena Herrera/Gavira Spain   Win 21-19, 21-13 
     Patterson/Brunner Evandro/Andre Brazil   Win 21-18, 16-21, 15-13 
     Patterson/Brunner Krasilnikov/Liamin Russia   Loss 18-21, 21-17, 15-10 
                
Aug. 24       
     A. Ross/Fendrick Betschart/Huberli Switzerland   Win 21-16, 21-16 
     Sweat/S. Ross Larissa/Talita Brazil   Win 21-19, 24-22 
     Dalhausser/Lucena Doppler/Horst Austria   Win 21-17, 21-19 
     A. Ross/Fendrick Agatha/Duda Brazil   Loss 21-14, 21-17 
     Sweat/S. Ross Ludwig/Walkenhorst Germany   Loss 21-18, 21-12 
                
Aug. 25    Round of 12    
Tied 9th    A. Ross/Fendrick Heidrich/Verge-Depre Switzerland   Eliminated 21-15, 21-13 
Tied 9th    Sweat/S. Ross Hermannova/Slukova Czech Republic   Eliminated 21-18, 13-21, 15-9 
Tied 9th    Patterson/Brunner Bockermann/Schumann Germany   Eliminated 21-19, 21-17 
                
Aug. 26    Quarterfinals    
     Dalhausser/Lucena Saxton/Schalk Canada   Win 21-23, 25-23, 15-12
                
Aug. 27    Semifinals    
4 a.m. ET     Dalhausser/Lucena Kantor/Losiak Poland    
   Bronze/Gold    
TBD     Dalhausser/Lucena Brazil/Italy    

Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals Roster 
Athletes        Coach   Entry
Brooke Sweat    Summer Ross     Via World Rankings
April Ross    Lauren Fendrick   Jon Daze   Wild Card
             
Phil Dalhausser 
Nick Lucena   Jason Lochhead   Via World Rankings
Casey Patterson 
Theo Brunner   Rich Lamborne   Wild Card
         
Staff         
Aimee Miyazawa    USAV Beach Head Athletic Trainer      

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Oct. 11-15 FIVB Qinzhou 3-Star
Oct. 25-29 FIVB Aalsmer 1-Star
Oct. 22-26 FIVB Sydney 2-Star

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