Top Two Men’s Seeds Are Out in Gstaad, Dalhausser/Lucena Move On

  0 Wendy Mayer | July 12th, 2018 | FIVB Majors Series, FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

Gstaad Five Star – Beach Major Series

The top two seeds of the Gstaad Major on the men’s side are out of the competition in a historic occurrence. The dual eliminations marked one of the first times in the 32 year history of the FIVB World Tour that the top two seeds failed to win a match. 

Americans Chase Budinger/Sean Rosenthal set the table for the historic oustings as the duo upset top seeded Brazilians Vitor Felipe/Evandro on Wednesday. No. 16 seed Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner of the Czech Republic finished the job with a 21-19, 25-23 win in the Pool A finale. The pair of losses knocked Vitor/Evandro out of the Gstaad Major.

Adding insult to injury for Brazil was the fact that No. 2 overall seed Alison Cerutti/Andre Loyola also was eliminated without winning a single match. First, the pair fell to Italian qualifiers Andrea Abbiati/Tiziano Andreatta in straight sets on Wednesday, then No. 18 Martins Plavins/Edgars Tocs of Latvia outlasted them in tiebreak on Thursday.

Only one Brazilian team, Pedro Solberg Salgado/Bruno Schmidt, remains in the competition as George Wanderley/Thiago Santos Barbosa also lost both of their pool play matches.

No. 7 Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst of Austria found themselves facing elimination as pool play wrapped up on Thursday, but hung on for a tiebreak win over Russia’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin 22-20, 12-21, 20-18 to remain in the competition.

Another three-set victory moved Doppler/Horst on to the second elimination round on Friday. The pair outlasted Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan of Qatar (21-17, 19-21, 15-11) in Round 1.

After friendly fire from Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb in Wednesday’s Pool E title match put defending Gstaad champions Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena into Thursday’s first elimination round, the pair saw more friendly faces across the net, but this time returned to form with a win over countrymen Theo Brunner/John Hyden to move on to Friday’s Round 2 action.

Other elimination round winners, which will join Wednesday’s pool title winners, in Round 2 were:

  • Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo (Italy)
  • Plavins/Tocs (Latvia)
  • Janis Smedins/Aleksandrs Samoilovs (Latvia)
  • Doppler/Horst (Austria)
  • Andreatta/Abbiati (Italy)
  • Christiaan Varenhorst/Jasper Bouter (Netherlands)
  • Pedro Solberg/Bruno Schmidt (Brazil)

Budinger/Rosenthal’s run at the tournament ended with a straight set loss to Pedro Solberg/Bruno Schmidt to cap the day’s action. 

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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