Nivaldo/Sergio and USA’s Stockman/Dicello triumph at Malasya
LANGKAWI, Malasya, April 16, 2017 – Cuba’s Nivaldo Diaz and
Sergio Gonzalez and the United States’ Emily Stockman and
Kimberly Dicello called for a well-deserved celebration as they
gained top podium spots in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour
– Malaysia Open finals at Pantai Cenang in Langkawi on Sunday.
The podium finishers left spectators in awe as they performed
their all-out best in securing the medals at the inaugural World
Tour event in Malaysia.
The Cuban men, who honed their skills while playing for several
years in the NORCECA Circuit, delivered a powerful finish to
their campaign at Langkawi, seizing the gold medal on a 2-0
(21-17, 21-18) triumph over Austrians Florian Schnetzer and
Peter Eglseer. The Rio 2016 Olympians captured their first-ever
World Tour medal.
“This was a hard game for us,” Nivaldo said. “We played with
them before but never in the World Tour. This is a big
opportunity for us and this is our first gold in this
tournament. This is also our first visit to Malaysia. This
achievement was worth the 33-hour flight.”
Estonians Mart Tiisaar and Klusti Nolvak secured the men’s
bronze medal, following their straight-set (21-17, 21-17)
victory over Serbians Lazar Kolaric and Djordje Klasnic.
Earlier, Nivaldo/Gonzalez rallied from a set down to win 2-1
(19-21, 21-13, 15-13) over Tiisaar/Nolvak, while Schnetzer/Elgseer
outplayed Kolaric/Klasnic 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) in the men’s
Meanwhile, Stockman/Dicello aced all of their tie-break matches
with a nail-biting 2-1 (22-20, 22-24, 17-15) women’s gold medal
win over Czech Republic’s Martina Bonnerova/Sarka Nakladalova,
who could not maintain their momentum after a spectacular 2-1
(14-21, 21-14, 15-9) semifinal win over Austrian sister duo
Nadine and Teresa Strauss.
Dicello had a bit of a setback when she hurt her ankle in the
semifinal, but the American player was determined to continue
“I am very happy with the outcome and I am looking forward to
the finals,” Dicello said. “I will play my best game and try to
win the World Tour title.”
Dicello indeed fulfilled her promise to earn her first World
Tour gold with Stockman, and improve on their fifth place at the
World Tour event in Sydney last month.
“It was a hot and two long days of crazy weather, but it was
amazing,” Dicello said. “This is our first win of the year and
we are confident that we will perform better in our next stop in
Cornelia Rimser and Lena Plesiutschnig reigned in the
All-Austrian bronze medal bout, where they recorded a 2-1
(21-18, 21-13) win over the Strauss sisters. The victory was a
great recovery from their 2-1 (17-21, 21-10, 18-16) loss to
Stockman/Dicello in the semifinals.