Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers hardly broke sweat as they cruised past their Czech opponents to clinch an easy 2-0 (21-13, 21-15) win and finish on top of Pool B.
“We were just on tonight,” Rogers said. “We were setting well, serving well and Phil’s blocking was great. I just hope we are on an upward curve.“
Second placed in the pool are Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira. The Spaniards won their last encounter against a team from Japan. In two very close sets, Pablo and Adrian kept their nerve to hold the upper hand and defeat the Japanese 2-0 (21-19, 22-20). Both the Americans and Spaniards have now directly qualified for the last sixteen.
In Pool A, Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego took on Paolo Nicolai and his partner Daniele Lupo. The Italians had to win the match to qualify directly for the first round. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough for the newcomers from Italy. The South Americans proved strong to remain on top of their pool and won the match 2-0 (26-24, 21-18).
However, Paolo’s Olympic dream was not yet at an end as he was one of the ‘lucky losers’. To make it to the next stage, he had to win against another lucky losers team from Canada and he did so in style. The final score was 2-0 (21-16, 22-20).
The second match of Pool A saw Patrick Heuscher win 2-0 (24-22, 21-12) to claim the second place.
Olympic FIVB Hero Reinder Nummerdor and his partner Richard Schuil lost their last match in Pool E, but had already qualified for the next round in any case. Against their Latvian rivals, the Dutch took it easy and the 0-2 (14-21, 18-21) loss won’t bother them too much.
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