2016-09-16 15:51:00 CET
It’s crunch time at Polson Pier
It’s yet another huge day of beach volleyball at the Swatch World Tour Finals in Toronto as the men’s pool play comes to a close and the identity of our women’s semifinalists are decided!
There’s another dozen of dramatic matches in store for the crowds on the banks of Lake Ontario which kick-off at 11.30am with the first knockout matches of the tournament in the women’s last 16.
Meanwhile the men’s elimination round will be drawn later in the wake of the final pool stage matches that take place between 2pm-3pm.
Here’s our guide to the best of the action on day four of the #TorontoFinals.
Who? Bansley/Wilkerson (CAN) v Ludwig/Walkenhorst (GER)
Where? Center Court
Why? The new Canadian team have excelled despite their inexperience together and with the backing of the home crowd they take on the Olympic gold medalists who shocked everyone on Thursday by losing both of their pool play matches.
Who? Alison/Bruno (BRA) v Virgen/Ontiveros (MEX)
Where? Court 3
Why? It’s not often you get the opportunity to get up close and personal with Brazilian gold Olympic medalists – but that’s exactly what you can do on Court 2 at 2pm when Alison/Bruno take on the Mexicans. A win for the Brazilians will automatically book their place in the quarterfinals.
Who? Saxton/Schalk (CAN) v Pedro Solberg/Evandro (BRA)
Where? Center Court
Why? Both of these teams are chasing their first win of the tournament after suffering opening-game defeats. Neither can overtake Hyden/Bourne at the top of Pool D but a morale boosting win can set them on their way in the knockout stage.
Who? Bansley/Wilkerson or Ludwig Walkenhorst v Ross/Walsh Jennings (USA)
Why? Whoever wins the last 16 clash faces another stern test against the Americans who have won both games and are chasing their 10th international medal in 11 FIVB events this season. It promises to be one of the games at the tournament so far.
Click here to find out the schedule and remember all games will be streamed live on our website so check it out. And if you’re in the area you really should pop down to Polson Pier – entry is free!
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