Paraguayan pair hope to bring
beach volleyball into mainstream
Having enjoyed their first taste of life at an FIVB Beach Volleyball
World Championships in Mazury, Paraguay’s Patricia ‘Pati’ Caballero
and Michelle Valiente are hopeful that their participation will help the
sport grow back in their homeland.
The duo were swamped with requests from the Paraguayan sporting
media and were hopeful that by pushing football off the back pages
and airwaves, they could raise the profile of beach volleyball.
We want to play as long as we can and motivate the children and
younger people to play, so some day they can play professionally,”
Pati said. “Not only to participate but also to win competitions and
appear in tournaments like this.”
Mexicans in rush to make impact
It didn’t take Mexico’s Juan Virgen and Lombardo Ontiveros long to
make history as the first team from their country to win a match at
an FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.
Following an opening loss to USA’s Phil Dalhausser and Sean
Rosenthal, they quickly found their feet and responded with a hard-
fought 2-1 win over Fuzhou Open bronze medallists Alexander Huber
and Robin Seidl.
We want to win as many matches as possible,” Ontiveros said after
the win. “Though we lost yesterday we still want to get through to
the next round. If we win tomorrow I think we’ll be able to get into
the first elimination round.”