Shortly after Ana Patrícia and Duda qualified for the women’s final, Vitor Felipe and Renato guaranteed their presence in the men’s decision of the Beach Volleyball World Cup by defeating the Americans Schalk and Brunner. They will dispute the gold medal against the winner of the duel between the Brazilians André and George against the Olympic champions Mol and Sorum, from Norway.
With Renato firmly in the block and Vitor Felipe almost without making a mistake in the attack, the Brazilian duo managed to open an advantage right away in the first set and reached 8 to 4 on the scoreboard. From then on, the Americans did everything they could to try to reverse the difference, but the pair that trains at CT Cangaço, in Paraíba, knew how to control the pace and managed to close the partial with tranquility by 21 to 17.
In the second set, the Brazilians started better once again and opened 5-2 on Renato’s ace. The Americans reacted and even tied at 8 to 8 at a point of blocking by Brunner, but soon the Brazilian duo opened up again and reached 13 to 10.
After two consecutive errors by the Brazilians, the Americans were 17 to 16, but they didn’t equalize. Vitor Felipe and Renato regained control and closed the second set at 21-19.
In the campaign until the decision, Renato and Vitor Felipe won six of the seven games they played. The only defeat was for the Australians Nicolaidis and Carracher still in the first phase, stage in which they defeated Mora/Lopez, from Nicaragua, and the compatriots Alison and Guto. In the knockout stage, the victories were over Perusic/Schweiner, from the Czech Republic, in the 32 stage, Nicolai/Cottafava, from Italy, in the round of 16, and Nolvak/Tiisaar, from Estonia, in the quarter.
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