USA Volleyball Features Beach teams take on ...

Beach teams take on rematches in Fort Lauderdale

By Corinne Calabro | Feb. 10, 2017, 11:02 p.m. (ET)

Results MEN | WOMEN
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."

U.S. BEACH NEWS | 2017 WORLD TOUR SCHEDULE | 2017 TOP 25 FINISHES | WATCH THE LIVE STREAM

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.

Friday's highlights
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 
Athletes        Coach   Entry
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
             
Staff             
Phil Noyes   USAV Video Scout        
Corinne Calabro   USAV Communications        
Giuseppe Vinci    Scout        
Tyler Widdison   Scout        
             

*Ryan Doherty will play in place of Tri Bourne for this event

UPCOMING EVENTS | Add to your schedule
Feb. 7-12 FIVB Fort Lauderdale 5-Star
Feb. 15-18 FIVB Kish Island (Men only) 3-Star
March 3-5 FIVB Shepparton 1-Star
March 17-19 FIVB Sydney (Women only) 2-Star

Related Links
FIVB "Taste" of Rio Olympics for women's Fort Lauderdale quarterfinals
FIVB USA and Brazil dominate Fort Lauderdale's final four
TeamUSA.org Five for Friday: Beach Volleyball
FIVB Lower-seeded women's pairs advance in Fort Lauderdale
FIVB Olympic champions set to clash in Fort Lauderdale quarterfinals
Swatch Major Series Men's quarterfinal quest
FIVB Fort Lauderdale Major honours its local heroes
FIVB Five countries post women's Fort Lauderdale Major elimination wins
Swatch Major Series Beach legends treated to cliff diving masterclass
USA Volleyball Youtube: April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings amazing rally vs Brazil #FTLMajor pool play
USA Volleyball Youtube: Trevor Crabb and Sean Rosenthal kick save a rally