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Film Room Friday: Huber, Williams almost ruin reunion of Plavins, Samoilovs in San Jose

Almost any match featuring the 2008 Olympic throwback team of Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Martins Plavins is one you wouldn’t really want to miss. They still own, after all, the biggest upset in Olympic beach volleyball history when they stunned Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers in the first match of pool play.

Ten years later, they reunited for San Jose, as Edgars Tocs, Plavins’ usual partner, was out, as was Janis Smedins, the southpaw typically partnered with Samoilovs. The reunion would go exceptionally well, culminating in a victory over Norwegians Anders Mol and Christian Sorum.

However, it began a bit rocky, with Austrian Olympian Alexander Huber and South African Leo Williams nearly shocking the Latvians, pushing them to 18-16 in the third set.