Doha, Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena reached their first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour gold medal match in over a year when they defeated Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira at the Doha 4-Star Katara Cup on Friday.
The Katara Beach Cup is the fifth time that Qatar has hosted a World Tour tournament. It began on March 12 and finishes on March 16 at the Katara Cultural Village.
Friday’s competitions were attended by the QOC Second Vice President HE Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari and the QOC Secretary General HE Mr. Jassim bin Rashed Al Buenain.
The USA duo beat the Spaniards 2-0 (21-19, 21-11), but it may not have happened if Beijing 2008 Olympic champion Dalhausser hadn’t decided to reverse his decision to retire following the end of the 2017-18 season.
Dalhausser and Lucena will face Esteban and Marco Grimalt in the gold medal match. The Chilean cousins had to fight back after losing the first set and beat Poland’s Grzegorz Fijalek and Michal Bryl 2-1 (18-21, 21-14, 15-12).
It means they are in their second World Tour gold medal match in two weeks and their first in a 4-Star tournament. Last Sunday they won gold at the Sydney 3-Star.
On the other hand, Qatar’s Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan suffered a straight set defeat against Fijalek/Bryl of Poland in the quarterfinals.
Source: Qatar Olympic Committee