Rio de Janeiro, August 10, 2016 - Alexander Huber/Robin Seidl of Austria and Qatar's Jefferson Santos Pereira/Cherif Younousse will be looking to advance to the elimination stage in a pool F match on day five. All four teams in the pool have 1-1 records, so the winner will guarantee at least a 2nd-place finish in the pool and advance to the elimination stage. The losing team will have to wait for the tie-breaker to see if they finish 3rd in the pool or go home with a 19th-place finish.
Head to Head
Alexander Huber/Robin Seidl won the only meeting between the two teams in FIVB World Tour play, at the Xiamen Open in 2015.
• Huber/Seidl won 21-18, 16-21, and 15-13 in 58 minutes, Xiamen Open, Pool Play, 09/23/2015
Historically the #19 seed has won two of the three matches against the #18 seed at the Olympic Games.
• Tarjei Skarlund/Martin Spinnangr (18), Norway def. Josh Binstock/Martin Reader (19), Canada, 21-14, 21-18 in 39 minutes, Pool Play, London (2012).
• Kentaro Asahi/Katsuhiro Shiratori (19), Japan def. Emiel Boersma/Bram Ronnes (18), Netherlands, 21-15, 23-25, 15-11 in 59 minutes, Pool Play, Beijing (2008).
• Gershon Rorich/Colin Pocock (19), South Africa def. Joao Brenha/Miguel Maia (18), Portugal, 22-20, 22-20 in 49 minutes, Pool Play, Athens (2004).
Alexander Huber/Robin Seidl, Austria, Seed #18, Pool F, 1-1, 1.500 Set Ratio, 1.0814 Point Ratio, Qualified through European Confederation (CEV) Continental Cup
• Alexander: July 25, 1985 (31y0m12d), 179 cm (5'10"), 62 kg (138 lbs.), Hometown Klagenfurt, 82nd FIVB World Tour event, $112,187 career winnings
• Robin: January 21, 1990 (26y6m16d), 190 cm (6'3"), 78 kg (173 lbs.), Hometown Velden, 62nd FIVB World Tour event, $99,137 career winnings
• Alexander and Robin have been playing together since 2009. They are playing in their 62nd FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament together (ranks 38th), $198,275 career winnings (ranks 95th).
• Alexander has played in three FIVB World Tour final fours with one silver medal, one bronze medal and one 4th place finish.
• Robin has played in three FIVB World Tour final fours with one silver medal, one bronze medal and one 4th place finish.
• Alexander and Robin have played in one Final Four in 2015-2016 (Silver Doha, 2016).
• Alexander and Robin finished 17th in the FIVB World Championships in 2013 (Stare Jablonki) and 33rd in 2015 (The Hague).
• Alexander finished 37th in the FIVB World Championships with Peter Gartmayer in 2009 (Stavanger).
• Alexander and Robin are currently ranked 29th in FIVB World Tour points in 2016 with 2,390 points and 29th in winnings with $32,400.
• Alexander and Robin have a career 101-118 (46.1%) match record in FIVB World Tour Events and a 31-36 (46.3%) record in 2015-16.
• Alexander and Robin won the silver medal at the 2014 CEV Novi Sad Masters in 2014 (Novi Sad, Serbia).
• Alexander and Robin posted a 7-0 match mark in the CEV Continental Cup and secured a Rio 2016 Olympic berth for their country with a “Golden Match” 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) win 38 minutes over Belgium’s Dries Koekelkoren and Tom van Walle
• Alexander is the shortest player entered in the Rio Olympics at 179 cm (5'10-1/2"). He is tied with Frederik Petersen of Switzerland from the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta for the shortest in all Olympic Games
• Alexander is the lightest men's player who has competed in any of the six Olympics at 62 kg (138 lbs.).
• Lost to Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera, Spain (7), 21-14, 17-21, and 13-15 in 53 minutes.
• Defeated Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson, United States (6), 21-18 and 21-18 in 41 minutes.
Jefferson Santos Pereira/Cherif Younousse, Qatar, Seed #19, Pool F, 1-1, 0.667 Set Ratio, 0.8710 Point Ratio, Qualified through Asian Confederation (AVC) Continental Cup
• Jefferson: June 8, 1989 (27y1m29d), 182 cm (6'0"), 87 kg (193 lbs.), Hometown Doha, 22nd FIVB World Tour event, one gold medal, $28,287 career winnings
• Cherif: May 22, 1995 (21y2m15d), 195 cm (6'5"), 76 kg (169 lbs.), Hometown Doha, 14th FIVB World Tour event, one gold medal, $19,700 career winnings
• Jefferson and Cherif have been playing together since 2015. They are playing in their 13th FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament together, one gold medal, $39,400 career winnings. They won Qatar's only FIVB World Tour gold medal.
• Jefferson has played in one FIVB World Tour final four with one gold medal.
• Cherif has played in one FIVB World Tour final four with one gold medal.
• Jefferson and Cherif have played in one Final Four in 2015-2016 (Gold Kish Island 2016).
• Jefferson and Cherif finished 5th in the FIVB World Championships in 2015 (The Hague).
• Jefferson and Cherif are currently ranked 42nd in FIVB World Tour points in 2016 with 1,380 points and 42nd in winnings with $19,800.
• Jefferson and Cherif have a career 21-29 (42.0%) match record in FIVB World Tour Events, all in 2015-16.
• Jefferson and Tiago Santos won the bronze medal at the AVC Continental Championships in 2014 (China) and one gold medal on the AVC Continental Tour in 2014 (Khanom, Thailand).
• Cherif is the youngest men's player competing in the Rio Olympics at 21 years, 2 months of age. He is the second youngest man to participate in Olympic Beach Volleyball competition, Czech Republic's Martin Lebl was 20 years and 5 months at the start of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
• Jefferson and Cherif teamed with Julio Junior/Ahmed Tijan to lead Qatar to its first-ever appearance in the Olympic Beach Volleyball competition by winning the Asian Continental Cup in Cairns, Australia. The Qatar pairs were undefeated in six matches in Cairns with team wins over Iran, Kazakhstan and China. All six of the Qatar matches were three-setters with four of the wins being comeback victories after losing the first set.
• Lost to Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson, United States (6), 16-21 and 16-21 in 35 minutes.
• Defeated Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera, Spain (7), 13-21, 21-18, and 15-12 in 54 minutes.