COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are en route to playing for a podium finish at the FIVB World Tour Finals. The Olympians beat Canada in the quarterfinals on Saturday to earn their spot in Sunday’s semifinals round.

Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are the last American team standing at the 2017 FIVB World Tour Finals, following a terrific start that aided their advancing to the semifinals. USA Volleyball saw its three other teams eliminated on Friday in the Round of 12.

Dalhausser and Lucena topped Canada’s Ben Saxton/Chaim Schalk, 21-23, 25-23, 15-12, on Saturday in the quarterfinal matchup.

“We’ve just been around for so long and we knew anything could happen,” said Dalhausser. “And something just happened there and we ended up winning. These guys are good, they’ve been in finals before. Anybody can win on a given day.”

With the victory, Dalhausser/Lucena are 4-1 against Saxton/Schalk.

“They’ve been playing well, hats off to them,” added Lucena. “We got lucky but I’ll take it. Anytime you’re down 19-15, 99-percent of the time you are going to lose the game. But we are capable of scoring points and that’s what we did. We carried it over to the third.”

The Americans entered the match rested after having Friday off due to winning their pool 2-0 on Thursday. They now face Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak of Poland in the semifinal on Sunday morning. Soon after they will play either Brazil or Italy for a gold or bronze medal.

Against Poland, the U.S. leads the series with a 3-2 edge. The last time the two teams met was in July in Olsztyn, Poland, and roughly two weeks prior to that, in Switzerland – the U.S. won both meetings. Seeded No. 1 at the World Tour Finals, Dalhausser/Lucena also have experience in the same Hamburg venue, winning in 2016 at the Hamburg Major.

USA qualified the maximum four teams, two per gender, that a country could have in the tournament. April Ross/Lauren Fendrick, Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross, and Casey Patterson/Theo Brunner all tied for ninth after being eliminated on Friday in the Round of 12.

Aug. 23Result
Dalhausser/LucenaHerrera/Gavira SpainWin 21-19, 21-13
Patterson/BrunnerEvandro/Andre BrazilWin 21-18, 16-21, 15-13
Patterson/BrunnerKrasilnikov/Liamin RussiaLoss 18-21, 21-17, 15-10
Aug. 24
A. Ross/FendrickBetschart/Huberli SwitzerlandWin 21-16, 21-16
Sweat/S. RossLarissa/Talita BrazilWin 21-19, 24-22
Dalhausser/LucenaDoppler/Horst AustriaWin 21-17, 21-19
A. Ross/FendrickAgatha/Duda BrazilLoss 21-14, 21-17
Sweat/S. RossLudwig/Walkenhorst GermanyLoss 21-18, 21-12
Aug. 25Round of 12
Tied 9thA. Ross/FendrickHeidrich/Verge-Depre SwitzerlandEliminated 21-15, 21-13
Tied 9thSweat/S. RossHermannova/Slukova Czech RepublicEliminated 21-18, 13-21, 15-9
Tied 9thPatterson/BrunnerBockermann/Schumann GermanyEliminated 21-19, 21-17
Aug. 26Quarterfinals
Dalhausser/LucenaSaxton/Schalk CanadaWin 21-23, 25-23, 15-12
Aug. 27Semifinals
4 a.m. ETDalhausser/LucenaKantor/Losiak Poland
Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals Roster
Athletes    Coach Entry
Brooke SweatSummer RossVia World Rankings
April RossLauren FendrickJon DazeWild Card
Phil DalhausserNick LucenaJason LochheadVia World Rankings
Casey PattersonTheo BrunnerRich LamborneWild Card
Aimee MiyazawaUSAV Beach Head Athletic Trainer