Number of closely contested matches set tone for Beach Volleyball party in Baku
Baku, Azerbaijan, October 11, 2017. The last tournament on schedule for the 2017 Beach Volleyball season started on Wednesday at the iconic Beach Arena in Baku – where a CEV-EEVZA double-gender Satellite is taking place through to Saturday. The qualification round opened proceedings, with the fans enjoying a number of closely contested matches.
The most dramatic match of the day featured Belgium’s Julie De Beule/Nina Coolman and Germany’s Lisa Arnholdt/Sarah Schneider. Germany claimed the first set 21-17 before the Belgians emerged victorious from a thrilling second set (33-31). The Germans regrouped in the tiebreak (15-10), thus sealing their spot in the Main Draw starting on Thursday.
Tjasa Kotnik/Tjasa Jancar of Slovenia – who in early September won a zonal event in Oslo – needed only 28 minutes to beat Mariota Angelopoulou/Daria Gusarova of Cyprus (21-6, 21-14) to progress to the Main Draw as well. Russia’s Elena Fediunova/Aleksandra Ganenko beat Line Trans Hansen/Maria Elisabeth Tyndeskov of Denmark 2-1 (18-21, 21-18, 15-4) to make it to the Main Draw as well after last Sunday they won bronze at an EEVZA event held in Batumi, Georgia. Earlier in the day, Fediunova/Ganenko had beaten Greece’s Dimitra Manavi and Aliki Alexandra Spiliotopoulou in two sets (21-18, 21-18). Mered de Vries and Julia Wouters of the Netherlands rallied to a 2-1 victory (21-16, 20-22, 15-9) over Eniko Lakatos and Eszter Lutter of Hungary but lost the following match to France’s Lézana Placette/Aline Chamereau.
As for the men’s competition, Denmark’s Mads Rosager/Martin Trans Hansen first beat Marcel Myslivecek/Martin Pihera of the Czech Republic in two sets before losing their next match to Austria’s Julian Hörl/Philipp Waller by the same score. Jan Dumek/Vaclav Bercik of the Czech Republic qualified for the Main Draw with a 2-0 victory over Russia’s Pavel Shustrov/Anton Saraev and Turkey’s Yusuf Özdemir/Ali Berke Sagir achieved the same feat as they cruised to a 2-1 victory (15-21, 21-7, 15-9) over Italy’s Matteo Galli/Fabio Matteoni. Russia’s Yury Bogatov and Petr Bakhnar claimed the last spot in the men’s Main Draw as they beat Jannes van der Ham and Sven Vismans of the Netherlands 2-1 (21-16, 13-21, 18-16).
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