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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.”

His words proved prophetic and they added a second pool play victory by beating Switzerland’s Sebastian Chevallier and Mats Kovatsch to finish in the pool behind Dalhausser and Rosenthal.

Their run came to an end in the first elimination round when Austria’s Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst won 2-0, but they can look back with good memories of a tournament in which they defeated one of the up and coming teams in the beach volleyball world.

“It was a very difficult match,” Virgen said. “Seidl and Huber are very good players, they have good hands and we have been analysing their style of play since Rome. We were trying to concentrate as much as we could and because we knew them, we knew it wasn’t going to be an easy match.”


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