Rio de Janeiro, August 9, 2016 - Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena of the United States and Mexico's Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen are both looking to take control of pool C with their second win and advance to the elimination stage.
Head to Head
Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen have won two of the three previous meetings between the two teams on the FIVB World Tour. The Americans won the first match in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the Fuzhou Open in April, and the Mexicans won the next two, both in pool play, at the Porec Major in July in three sets and one week later at the Gstaad Major in straight sets.
Historically the #3 seed has won two of the three pool play matches against the #15 seed in the Olympic Games, winning in London (2012) and Beijing (2008) in straight sets, and losing in Athens (2004) in three sets. The two seeds have also met in the bronze medal match in Beijing (2008) and the semi-finals in Sydney (2000) with the higher seed winning both matches.
Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, United States, Seed #3, Pool C, 1-0, MAX Set Ratio, 2.1000 Point Ratio, Qualified 3rd with 6,280 Points in the 2015-16 Olympic qualification period
• Phil: January 26, 1980 (36y6m11d), 205 cm (6'9"), 90 kg (200 lbs.), Hometown Baden, Switzerland, 98th FIVB World Tour event (ranks 80th), 34 gold medals (ranks 3rd), $1,117,900 career winnings (ranks 3rd)
• Nick: September 22, 1979 (36y10m15d), 185 cm (6'1"), 80 kg (178 lbs.), Hometown Davie, Florida, 87th FIVB World Tour event, five gold medals, $472,000 career winnings (ranks 37th)
• Phil and Nick first played together in 2005 and reunited in 2015 for a run at the Olympics. They are playing in their 18th FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament together, five gold medals, $333,500 career winnings (ranks 53rd).
• Phil has played in 64 FIVB World Tour final fours with 34 gold, 14 silver, 12 bronze medals and four 4th place finishes.
• Nick has played in 21 FIVB World Tour final fours with five gold, nine silver, four bronze medals and three 4th place finishes.
• Phil and Nick have played in 11 Final Fours in 2015-2016 (Silver Long Beach Grand Slam 2015, Silver Sochi Open 2015, Gold Xiamen Open 2015, Silver World Tour Finals 2015, Gold Puerto Vallarta Open 2015-16, Silver Doha Open 2015-16, Gold Maceió Open 2016, Gold Fuzhou Open 2016, Bronze Cincinnati Open 2016, Gold Hamburg Major 2016, Silver Gstaad Major 2016).
• Phil won the gold medal in the Olympic Games in 2008 (Beijing) and finished 9th in 2012 (London), both with Todd Rogers .
• Phil finished 7th in the FIVB World Championships in 2005 (Berlin) won the gold medal in 2007 (Gstaad), won the bronze medal in 2009 (Stavanger), and finished 9th in 2011 (Rome), all with Todd Rogers, and finished 9th with Sean Rosenthal in 2013 (Stare Jablonki).
• Nick finished 17th in the FIVB World Championships with Brad Keenan in 2009 (Stavanger), 9th with Matt Fuerbringer in 2011 (Rome), 33rd with John Hyden in 2013 (Stare Jablonki), and 4th with Theo Brunner in 2015 (The Hague).
• Phil and Nick are currently ranked 2nd in FIVB World Tour points in 2016 with 5,070 points and 3rd in winnings with $188,000.
• Phil and Nick have a career 89-21 (80.9%) match record in FIVB World Tour Events and a 85-17 (83.3%) record in 2015-16.
• Phil and Nick won the gold medal at the NORCECA Continental Championships in 2015 (Turtle Beach, Trinidad and Tobago).
• Nick won a gold medal at the Norceca Continental Tour with Theo Brunner in 2013 (San Diego, United States).
• Phil was named the FIVB World Tour Most Improved Player in 2006, Best Blocker in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014, Best Hitter in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, Best Offensive Player in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, Best Server in 2014, Best Setter in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015, Most Outstanding in 2010, 2013, 2014, Sportsperson in 2008, and was named Team of the Year and Tour Points Champion with Todd Rogers in 2010.
• Phil (205 cm) and Nick (185 cm) have the biggest difference in height at 20 cm (8"). They are tied with Emiel Boersma (205 cm)/Bram Ronnes (185 cm) of the Netherlands in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
• Defeated Choaib Belhaj / Mohamed Naceur, Tunisia (22), 21-7 and 21-13 in 30 minutes.
Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen, Mexico, Seed #15, Pool C, 1-0, 2.000 Set Ratio, 1.0870 Point Ratio, Qualified 17th with 4,670 Points in the 2015-16 Olympic qualification period
• Lombardo: November 9, 1983 (32y8m28d), 185 cm (6'1"), 82 kg (182 lbs.), Hometown Escuinapa, Sinaloa, 45th FIVB World Tour event, $101,625 career winnings
• Juan: April 9, 1987 (29y3m28d), 197 cm (6'6"), 94 kg (209 lbs.), Hometown Santiago Ixcuintla, 77th FIVB World Tour event, $114,025 career winnings
• Lombardo and Juan have been playing together since 2013. They are playing in their 35th FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament together, $195,750 career winnings (ranks 98th). They have won all four men's FIVB World Tour medals for Mexico.
• Lombardo has played in four FIVB World Tour final fours with one silver medal and three bronze medals.
• Juan has played in four FIVB World Tour final fours with one silver medal and three bronze medals.
• Lombardo and Juan have played in three Final Fours in 2015-2016 (Silver Antalya Open 2015-16, Bronze Xiamen Open 2016, Bronze Fortaleza Open 2016).
• Lombardo and Juan finished 17th in the FIVB World Championships in 2013 (Stare Jablonki) and 9th in 2015 (The Hague).
• Lombardo and Juan are currently ranked 6th in FIVB World Tour points in 2016 with 4,430 points and 16th in winnings with $91,125.
• Lombardo and Juan have a career 93-64 (59.2%) match record in FIVB World Tour Events and a 76-44 (63.3%) record in 2015-16.
• Lombardo and Juan won the gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games (Toronto, Canada).
• Lomarbo and Juan won the bronze medal at the NORCECA Continental Championships in 2015 (Turtle Beach, Trinidad and Tobago).
• Lomarbo and Juan won 11 gold, one silver, and two bronze medals on the NORCECA Continental Tour from 2012-15.
• Lombardo and Ulises Ontiveros won one gold, one silver, and three bronze medals on the NORCECA Continental Tour from 2010-11.
• Juan and Aldo Miramontes won 14 gold medal and five silver medals on the NORCECA Continental Tour from 2008-12.
• Juan ranks 1st all-time in NORCECA Continental Tour gold medals with 25 and Lombardo ranks fourth with 12. Cuba's Sergio Gonzalez has 15 and Aldo Miramontes has 14.
• Lombardo was named the FIVB World Tour Most Improved Player in 2015.
• Defeated Daniele Lupo / Paolo Nicolai, Italy (10), 14-21, 21-14, and 15-11 in 48 minutes.