Mexicans continue to make waves in Doha
DOHA, Qatar, March 12, 2020 – Josue Gaxiola and Jose Rubio
enjoyed a day of days on Thursday as they eliminated four world
champions to reach the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 4-Star
Katara Beach Volleyball Cup gold medal match.
First, they knocked out reigning world champions Oleg
Stoyanovskiy and Viacheslav Krasilnikov at the quarterfinal
stages with a 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) win, then they followed up by
defeating 2015 world champion Bruno Schmidt and 2017 world
champion Evandro Goncalves 2-0 (22-20, 22-20).
“It has been amazing to play here in Doha,” Rubio said. “This is
the first time we have played on the World Tour outside Mexico,
so we are very excited about playing here.
“We played really well in the first set and while it was a bit
nervous in the second, we managed to hold on.”
The Katara Beach Volleyball Cup is the first time that the 2016
FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships silver medallists
have appeared on the World Tour outside their home country.
Rubio and Gaxiola are ranked 96th in the world, 92 places below
Bruno and Evandro, but they showed no nerves against their
illustrious opponents and after they raced onto a seven-zero
lead at the start of the second set they held their nerve to
“We knew that they are a good team and one of the best teams in
the world,” Gaxiola said. “This is why we had to play with even
more power. That is what drove us and helped us play as well as
Bryl and Fijalek came close to gold on the World Tour in 2019
but finished the year with one silver and two bronze.
They spent the winter warm-weather training in Tenerife and Sri
Lanka but are not getting carried away with their success.
“It is another game and another day tomorrow and we are only
focusing on our side,” Fijalek said. “We have to keep our shape
and our level tomorrow.
“We played them last year in Chetumal, but they are young and
have beaten some very good teams so I think it will be a very
interesting game tomorrow.”