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2016-06-11 16:45:00 CET

Men power their way to semifinals

Last four set for Sunday

Flying Dutchmen Alex Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen celebrate. Photocredit: Stefan Moertl.Flying Dutchmen Alex Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen celebrate. Photocredit: Stefan Moertl.

Ladies and gentleman go to bed early, set an alarm and clear the diary for Sunday because we’ve got one heck of a powerful line-up for you at smart Major Hamburg tomorrow!

We’re down to the final fantastic four in the men’s competition after some rip-roaring attacking beach volleyball in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

After Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser’s earlier victory, the last two remaining last-eight clashes were unbelievably competitive as both went the distance in tiebreaks.

There was Dutch delight for Robert Meeuwsen and Alex Brouwer as they battled back from the dead to reach the semis in an epic battle against Spain’s Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira.

The Spaniards spurned a match point which would have taken them to the semis but Brouwer/Meeuwsen never know when they’re beaten and they stood tall to level the match before winning the decider 15-13.

In the quarterfinal that followed it looked as though their might be a massive upset on the cards as Mexican’s Olympic heroes Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros won the opening set against all-conquering Brazilians Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt.

The one thing you should remember in beach volleyball, though, is never doubt the Brazilians. And so it proved, as they stormed back in style, punishing the Mexicans with some brutal play – they restricted Virgen/Ontiveros to just eight points in the final set.

So Sunday’s stunning semifinal line-up looks like this:

Krasilnikov/Semenov v Brouwer/Meeuwsen

Lucena/Dalhausser v Alison/Bruno

And if those games don’t excite you then we don’t know what will. You might need an alarm but we won’t…there is no way we’ll be able to sleep tonight!

Good luck boys!

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