Two USA men teams and Mexico in Round of 16

TOKYO, Japan, July 31, 2021 – The USA pairs of Jake Gibb and Tri Bourne and Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser advanced to the main draw of the men’s beach volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a 2-1 records.

After claiming victories over Italy’s Adrian Carambula and Enrico Rossi 21-18, 21-19 and against Switzerland’s Adrian Heidrich and Mirco Gerson 21-19, 23-21 in Pool C, Gibb and Bourne lost to Cherif Yonousse and Ahmed Tijan 21-18, 21-17.

Lucena and Dalhausser opened with a loss to Netherlands’s Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen 2-0 (21-17, 21-18) before claiming a 2-1 (24-22, 10-21, 15-13) victory against Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Alvaro Morais Filho.

Lucena/Dalhausser then closed Pool D with a 2-1 (21-19, 18-21, 15-6) against Argentina’s Julian Azaad and Nicolas Capogrosso.

Mexico’s Jose Gaxiola and Josue Rubio advanced with a 1-2 record in Pool B.

After losing tough battles to Russia’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Oleg Stoyanovskiy 2-1 (24-26, 21-15, 18-16) and to Czech Republic’s Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner 2-1 (17-21, 21-16, 16-14), the Mexicans finally won 2-0 (21-18, 21-16) over Latvia’s Martins Plavins and Edgars Tocs.