In a battle between four Olympic FIVB Heroes, Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fijalek faced Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego. After a balanced start, the Brazilians ended the first set with a spectacular 4-0 run. However, Mariusz and Grzegorz didn’t give up and played a great sideout to take the second set.
The tiebreak was an absolute nail-biter. Mariusz and Grzegorz were already up 13-11, when Emanuel made it his mission to dig the Polish attacks and get the spectators off their seats. Finally it was Alison with a crushing spike that ended the match at 2-1 (21-17, 16-21, 17-15).
Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann took on the strong Brazilians Pedro Cunha and Ricardo Santos. The Germans got off to a perfect start. They put maximum pressure on the Brazilians with their serve to build a comfortable lead, playing absolutely flawlessly.
After the clear win of the first set, the second one was close until the end. Finally Julius’ awesome digging and transition attacks gave the Germans the advantage to close the match out 2-0 (21-15, 21-19).
Late in the evening, two more Olympic FIVB Heroes vied for their semi-final spot. In the lights of the Horse Guards Parade, Paolo Nicolai and Reinder Nummerdor clashed. In the first set, a few Italian errors gave Reinder and his partner Richard Schuil the advantage. The experienced Dutchmen immediately took control and won it 21-16.
Leading already with three points, the second set looked better for Paolo. But up against it, Reinder and his partner upped the pace to tie the score with a couple of aces. In the end, the Dutch came out on top again, winning the second set 21-18.
In the semi-finals, Reinder and Richard will face Julius and Jonas. Alison and Emanuel will take on Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins from Latvia.
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