Stage is set for a Super Sunday Showdown with both men's and women's finals
TORONTO, Sept. 17, 2016 /CNW/ - If Olympic gold medalists Ludwig/Walkenhorst are going to clinch another first place on the podium at the Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB Finals at Polson Pier, they're going to have to do it the hard way. On Thursday the German team shocked the Toronto crowd by losing both their pool play matches. But on Friday they were back playing at their best.
After defeating the Canadian team Bansley/Wilkerson early in the day, Ludwig/Walkenhorst faced off against Americans Walsh-Jennings/April. After a disappointing day three, the German team defeated the American superstars 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals. "It was an amazing match," Walkenhorst said. "Actually I can't believe it," Ludwig added. "It is always a tough battle against them. But even if we are not feeling a 100 per cent we always come back as a team."
In the semi-finals on Saturday Ludwig/Walkenhorst will need to perform on a golden-level when they play against Franca/Antunes from Brazil at 10:00am EST. The other semi-final showdown at 11:00am EST is an all Swiss affair: Forrer /Vergé-Dépré face-off agaist Heidrich /Zumkehr. Excitement is guaranteed as teams fight for their place in the women's final that now is set for Sunday, 12:15 pm.
In the men's bracket all eyes are on the Olympic champions, Brazilians Alison/ Bruno; they advanced to the quarter-finals on Saturday as did Kantor/ Losiak from Poland, Smedins/ Samoilovs from Latvia and Bourne/ Hyden from the USA. Two Canadian teams are still in the round of 16 on Saturday: Canadians Binstock /Schachter play against Fijalek/Prudel from Poland at 12:00pm EST and Canadian Saxton/Schalk play against Brouwer/Meeuwsen from the Netherlands, the Bronze medalists in Rio, at 1:30pm EST.
With both the men's and women's finals set for Sunday fans are encouraged to get to Polson Pier early as the free admission and entertainment are sure to draw a huge crowd. Weekend entertainment includes activities for all ages including:
- Food trucks, including GP's BBQ, Rancho Relaxo, Buster's Sea Cove and Smoothie Solution!
- For the 19+, three bars serving alcoholic beverages
- Red Bull break dancers
- Rock Climbing
- Obstacle Course
- Contests and prizing
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Twitter: @SwatchMajors / @RedBullCanada / @RedBull
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ABOUT SWATCH MAJOR SERIES
The Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series arose out of a joint venture between the Austrian Companies Red Bull and Hannes Jagerhofer, founder and CEO of the ACTS group. Red Bull, established in the 1980's by Dietrich Mateschitz, is one of the world's most famous brands, its direct marketing focusing on sports and lifestyle. ACTS Group, an agency founded in 1990, is a full service provider of event-marketing, external communication and online services and famous in the world of sports for its outstanding organizational qualities shown at the Beach Volleyball tournament in Klagenfurt/Carinthia. The collaboration of a worldwide successful brand and an experienced promoter takes Beach Volleyball to a whole new level. Furthermore another strong partner is on board: Swatch supports the sport and its athletes, being title sponsor of the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series. It displays a cooperation in order to develop Beach Volleyball as the world's number one summer sports event and to achieve the following vision: "Establish Beach Volleyball as a multimedial sports-entertainment event for athletes, fans & partners."
SOURCE Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series
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