Belarusians, Latvians and Russians take over the podium in Batumi

Thursday 13th of September 2018

Batumi, Georgia, September 13, 2018. The last competition day in Batumi has ended and after 39 matches played during the EEVZA Beach Volleyball Tour stop, we know that Anastasija Kravcenoka/Alise Lece from Latvia and Pavel Shustrov/Alexey Gusev of Russia topped the podium, while one Russian and three Belarusian teams took home the remaining medals.

Two Belarusian and two Russian couples were competing in the men’s semifinals on Thursday. Almost an hour was needed to determine the winner of the match between Aliaksandr Kavalenka/Pavel Piatrushka from Belarus and Russia s Daniil Kuvichka/Anton Kislytsyn, but the gold medallist from last week s competition in Yerevan - Piatrushka - and Kavalenka qualified for the second final in a few days only with a 2-1 (24-22, 22-24, 15-12) win. A couple of hours later the Belarusians had to admit the dominance of the young Russians Pavel Shustrov/Alexey Gusev, who won 2-1 (16-21, 21-16, 23-21). The match for the third place between Kuvichka/Kislytsyn and Aliaksandr Dziadkou/Ilya Abramenka of Belarus was stopped due to an injury of a player from the Russian team and the Belarusians got the bronze medals after winning only one set.

Four teams from four different countries were competing in the women’s semifinals, but the matches were not as dramatic as those in the men’s competition.  The first finalists were found out after the match between the top-seeded Latvians Anastasija Kravcenoka/Alise Lece and Viktoryia Siakretava/Lizaveta Chabai from Belarus. Anastasija and Alise grabbed an easy victory in straight sets 2-0 (21-15, 21-12). The Belarusian girls did join their compatriots on the podium as they eventually claimed the bronze, but Anna Chechelnytska and Daria Romaniuk from Ukraine finished their race in Batumi in fourth position. The match for the Gold medal was between the two favourites of the tournament from Latvia and Russia. Russian girls Daria Rudykh/Elizaveta Zayonchkovskaya tried to grab the victory, but the luck was not on their side this time and they lost without even getting one set 2-0 (21-19, 24-22), so that meant Latvia s Anastasija Kravcenoka and Alise Lece earned their first international medals together in Batumi.

The fifth annual EEVZA Beach Volleyball Tour in Batumi stop has finished and now the attention moves to Sochi as the Olympic city will host the fifth and final EEVZA Beach event of the year from 15-17 September, 2018.

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