Brazil versus Germany: These are the final pairings at the IFA World Tour Finals 2023 in Curitiba. With TV Jahn Schneverdingen and Duque de Caxias Curitiba in the women’s final and TSV Pfungstadt and SG Novo Hamburgo in the men’s final, one European and one South American team each made it to the final.
It is a real dominance with which TSV Pfungstadt marches through the World Tour Finals in Curitiba. Without losing a set, the defending champions had already completed the preliminary round and also in the semifinals opponent Union Tigers Vöcklabruck had no chance to knock down the team from Germany. With 3:0 (11:7, 11:4, 11:8) Pfungstadt won again without losing a set and thus goes into the final as the favorite. Their opponents will be SG Novo Hamburgo, as in the previous year. The team won the Brazilian semifinal against Duque de Caxias also with 3:0 (11:4, 11:6, 15:14). Duque had lost to Pfungstadt in the final group match in the morning – but benefited from the parallel defeat of Sogipa Porto Alegre against Clube Mercês. The final will start at 4:45 p.m. local time on Sunday. Already at 1.30 p.m. Union Tigers Vöcklabruck and Duque de Caxias will play for the bronze medal.
In the Duque de Caxias Cup, held for the third and fourth placed teams of the preliminary groups, the two Austrian teams DSG UKJ Froschberg and UFG Grieskirchen/Pötting reached the final – equivalent to the match for fifth place. Froschberg beat SOGIPA Porto Alegre in three sets (11:8, 11:9, 11:5) in the match. Grieskirchen turned a 0:2 deficit into a 3:2 victory against Clube Mercês. The match will start at 9 a.m., as will the match between SOGIPA and Mercês in the seventh-place match.
They were very close to “preliminary round elimination” – but now Duque de Caxias is in the final of the women’s competition. After the strong victory on Friday against TV Jahn Schneverdingen, the Brazilians followed it up with another win against Union Nussbach (Austria). Cheered on by the home fans, Duque won the match 3:1 (11:4, 3:11, 11:6, 11:8) in the end after an intermediate 1:1 and celebrated their entry into the final. After gold (2018), bronze (2019) and silver (2022), it is already certain that the team will win another medal. Opponent in the final will be Schneverdingen again. TV Jahn prevailed in a thrilling semifinal against German rival TSV Dennach (11:9, 8:11, 13:11, 11:7). This means that the two teams will meet again at 3 p.m. in Curitiba. The bronze medal match between Nussbach and Dennach is scheduled for 12:00.
Before that, the four other teams in the competition are scheduled to play. ASKÖ Seekirchen (Austria) qualified for the fifth-place match with a 3:1 (11:9, 6:11, 11:9, 11:5) victory over SG Novo Hamburgo. Here the Austrians will meet last year’s winner, Sogipa Cargo Way, who after finishing third in the preliminary round now won against Clube Mercês (14:12, 11:5, 11:8). The matches for fifth and seventh place will kick off at 10:30 a.m. each.