The news about the FIVB Katara Beach cup in Doha that has people agog is that Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb managed to defeat Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena in the second round match of Pool A – which earned them a first round bye in the elimination bracket, but doesn’t really eliminate Phil and Nick. In other notable developments, this is the first appearance of the new team of Adrian Carambula and Gabriele Pasquale playing for Italy, although they didn’t make it out of the qualifier. Other interesting participants in the qualifier are Indonesia and Scotland. American teams in general did well, all of them except for Phil and Nick earning first round byes — yet only Phil and Nick survive to make it to the semi finals.

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