2018-07-13 13:12:00 CET

Big Phil blocks Swiss dreams

Reigning champ sends out home favorites

Phil and Nick are in yet another Gstaad quarterfinalPhil and Nick are in yet another Gstaad quarterfinal

Swiss-born Phil Dalhausser blocked his way into the quarterfinals of the Swatch Major Gstaad to keep alive his and teammate Nick Lucena’s dream of back-to-back titles.

The American, who’s mum is Swiss and dad is German, moved from Switzerland to the US as a one-year-old but his roots in this part of the world has given him a real taste for success in the Alps.

The victory ensures Phil remains on course to win his fifth golden cowbell – no man has won more than his four in Gstaad than the Thin Beast.

Phil and Nick’s joy meant disappointment for the last remaining Swiss men’s team in the competition as the Americans eased to a straight sets win over Mirco Gerson and Adrian Heidrich with Dalhausser dominating with an irrepressible 10 blocks at the net.

“Blocking is all about timing and moving your feet,” explained Dalhausser, who has been named the FIVB’s Best Blocker a record seven times. “Sometimes your feet are heavy and you can’t move them as quickly and then that influences the timing.

“It’s important to stay on top of your technique otherwise you can get sloppy. It’s all about repetition – I’ve been around a while after all! When the timing is there then all is good.”

Fort Lauderdale Major champs Nick and Phil will take on either Poland’s Fijalek/Bryl or Italy’s Lupo/Nicolai in the last eight.

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