Nivaldo/Sergio & Ontiveros/Virgen defeat Brazilians
GSTAAD, Switzerland, July 6, 2016 - Nivaldo Diaz/Sergio Gonzalez
of Cuba and Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen of Mexico, a pair of
Rio 2016 Olympic participants, defeated teams from beach
volleyball power Brazil here Thursday in the men’s FIVB World
Tour competition at the $600,000 Gstaad Major.
Seeded 25th and playing in Pool H, Nivaldo and Gonzalez defeated
ninth-seeded and reigning Olympic champions Alison Cerutti/Bruno
Oscar Schmidt of Brazil 2-0 (21-13, 21-19) in a 32-minute match.
With a win Wednesday over a team from Switzerland, the Cubans
can win their group with a victory Friday over 24th-seeded Grant
O'Gorman/Michael Plantinga of Canada.
After losing Wednesday to 15th-seeded Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter
of Canada, the 18th-seeded Ontiveros and Virgen scored a 2-0
(21-16, 21-19) Pool B win Thursday in 34 minutes over
second-seeded Gustavo "Guto" Carvalhaes/Pedro Solberg of Brazil.
Guto and Solberg had won 12-straight FIVB World Tour matches the
past 10 days.
Pedlow and Schachter lead Pool B with a 2-0 record after winning
Thursday over 31st-seeded Mirco Gerson/Michiel Zandbergen of
Switzerland 2-0 (21-17, 21-14) in 33 minutes. The Canadians,
who defeated Ontiveros/Virgen Wednesday 2-1 (21-18, 17-21,
15-13) in 41 minutes, play Guto and Solberg Friday.
The men’s Gstaad Major concludes with pool play Friday, three
rounds of elimination Saturday and the semi-finals and medal
matches Sunday. The winning team shares the $40,000 first-place