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2016-06-12 14:15:00 CET

Americans breeze past reigning World Champs

There’ll be no gold in Germany for Brazil

Thumbs up if you’re in the final! Photocredit: Stefan MoertlThumbs up if you’re in the final! Photocredit: Stefan Moertl

Awesome American heroes Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser got revenge on Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt with a sensational semifinal victory at the smart Major Hamburg.

The Brazilian number one seeds had no answer on the Center Court with Dalhausser dominating at the net with a series of blockbuster blocks.

It was the two teams’ first meeting since Alison/Bruno triumphed at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in Fort Lauderdale last year.

A happy Phil told us: “Absolutely, it feels good to get some revenge. I hadn’t thought of that before because we were just thinking it was nice to play them before the Olympics in case we meet them.”

The pair also praised one another’s performance that saw them knock out the reigning World Champions.

“Phil is always a beast at the net,” said Nick. “We had a gameplan and executed it perfectly – possibly the best we’ve ever done. Phil’s been the best player in the world for some time and I just let him do his thing.”

But Phil was quick to deflect the praise onto this teammate!

He said: “Nick sided-out great, every time Brazil had the attack he stopped it with clean side-outs. He was digging a bunch of balls and maybe I had just four blocks.”

The Americans will meet Alex Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen in a mouthwatering final which gets under way at the Rothenbaum at 5pm.

The Americans have won the last two meetings which included a thrilling victory in the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals in October last year.

Nick added: “The Dutch are a great team and we know we will have to play another high level match again and hopefully that will happen.”

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