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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The United States has two men's teams advancing to Saturday's FIVB Fort Lauderdale Major semifinals and a pair of women's teams are en route to the quarterfinals.
A rematch from the 2016 Olympic Games presented itself in the men's quarterfinals, with Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena dispatching Alison Cerutti/Bruno Schmidt 13-21, 21-17, 15-10.
"I would love to switch places and let them win here and us win in Rio," Dalhausser said after the match. "It was nice to win this one."
Emotion from Dalhausser showed throughout the third set, a combination of "a little frustration from Rio and the crowd was great behind us. It was a big match for us to make the semifinals here," Dalhausser added.
The victory made it the second time in a span of one week that the Americans beat the Brazilians. Dalhausser/Lucena topped Alison/Bruno on Feb. 5 in an exhibition match in Rio de Janeiro.
Another Olympic rematch will happen for USA vs Brazil; Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross will go toe-to-toe against Agatha Bednarczuk, who they fell to in the Olympic semifinals. Agatha is partnered with Eduarda Lisboa now, offering Ross and Walsh Jennings an opportunity to capitalize on during Saturday's quarterfinal.
Walsh Jennings and Ross swept Russia's Ekaterina Birlova/Nadezda Makroguzova 21-18, 21-14 in their only match on Friday, in the second round.
John Hyden and Ryan Doherty continue to stun and battle through the men's bracket. Hyden picked up Doherty as a teammate for this tournament, after his regular partner Tri Bourne had to withdraw over the weekend. The story line continues to come up because Hyden/Doherty have done the improbable and reached the semifinals. "They don't have tape on me and Ryan," Hyden said. "We're doing what we can. We're both good players trying to put it together and it's meshing well right now."
Hyden and Doherty rallied to outlast Olympic silver medalists Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo of Italy, 12-21, 21-19, 15-11. Prior to their quarterfinal win, the pair beat Russia also in three sets. They've played four consecutive three-set matches.
USA's fourth team to continue play into the weekend is Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross. Sweat and Ross won their pool 3-0 and swept their second round match against Russia, 21-13, 21-18. They will play 23rd-ranked Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. The duo have been assisted by a schedule that allowed for maximum rest and recovery between matches, playing two matches their first day, followed by just one match the past two days.
Records as of Feb. 10
Dalhausser/Lucena advance to semifinals vs BRA Evandro/Andre
Hyden/Doherty advance to semifinals vs BRA Alvaro/Saymon
Ross/Walsh Jennings advance to quarterfinals vs BRA Agatha/Duda
Sweat/S. Ross advance to quarterfinals vs CZE Kolocova/Kvapilova
Tied for fifth: Gibb/Taylor Crabb
Tied for ninth: Fendrick/Hughes, Hochevar/Day; Brunner/Patterson
Tied for 17th: Claes/Reeves; Rosenthal/Trevor Crabb
Tied for 25th: Carico/Pollock
|Fort Lauderdale 5-Star Roster|
|April Ross||Kerri Walsh Jennings||Marcio Sicoli||Main Draw|
|Brooke Sweat||Summer Ross||Ty Tramblie||Main Draw|
|Lauren Fendrick||Sara Hughes||Main Draw|
|Lane Carico||Irene Pollock||Jason Lochead||Main Draw Wild Card|
|Brittany Hochevar||Emily Day||Hector Gutierrez||Qualifier|
|Kelly Claes||Kelly Reeves||Qualifier Wild Card|
|Emily Stockman||Kimberly DiCello||Qualifier|
|Phil Dalhausser||Nick Lucena||Paul Baxter||Main Draw|
|John Hyden||Ryan Doherty*||Jon Daze||Main Draw|
|Jake Gibb||Taylor Crabb||Main Draw|
|Casey Patterson||Theo Brunner||Rich Lambourne||Main Draw Wild Card|
|Stafford Slick||Billy Allen||Qualifier|
|Sean Rosenthal||Trevor Crabb||Jeff Alzina||Qualifier Wild Card|
|Phil Noyes||USAV Video Scout|
|Corinne Calabro||USAV Communications|
*Ryan Doherty will play in place of Tri Bourne for this event
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