Russia sweep top honours at EEVZA U18 Beach Volleyball Championship
Vilnius, Lithuania, August 6, 2017. On Sunday morning, heavy rain washed away the sweat of the young Beach Volleyball athletes still competing for the medals at the 2017 edition of the EEVZA U18 Beach Volleyball Championship. After a few close and exciting matches, teams from Russia eventually completed a clean sweep of the gold medals at stake in the Lithuanian capital.
Early on Sunday, Janis Jansons/Roberts Klavins from Latvia beat teams from Poland and Belarus to stay in contention for the medals. However, Russia’s Denis Shekunov and Timur Ermotik stopped the Latvians’ run in the semis with a 2-0 victory (21-17, 21-14). Jansons and Klavins played another Russian tandem, Nikolai Chukhnenkov/Aleksei Arkhipov and eventually secured bronze after recording a 2-0 (21-17, 21-16) victory.
Shekunov and Ermotik played their compatriots Pavel Shustrov and Aleksei Gusev for gold. Shustrov and Gusev needed only half an hour to stamp a 2-0 (21-10, 21-15) win to stand on top of the podium in Vilnius.
Teams from Russia, Poland and Ukraine fought for the medals in the women’s tournament. Russia’s Mariia Bocharova/Mariia Voronina cruised to a comprehensive 2-0 (21-12, 21-9) victory against their rivals from Poland Patrycja Jundzill/Julia Gierczynska to secure their spot in the gold medal match. In the other semi-final, Kateryna Dashevska and Viktoriia Lysytsia won the Ukrainian derby with Sofiia Rylova/Anna Chechelnytska 2-1 (25-27, 21-12, 15-11) at the end of a real battle filled with drama.
Rylova and Chechelnytska regrouped and showed no mercy for their Polish rivals to rally to a 21-11, 21-18 victory and crown their campaign with bronze.
Later on, Bocharova and Voronina confirmed their status of top team of the tournament as they took to the sand for one last time. Showing miracles in defence, Mariia Voronina did not let any ball touch the sand, while her partner spiked time and again, thus leaving Dashevska/Lysytsia no chance to put up some resistance. As a result, Bocharova and Voronina secured gold after a compelling 2-0 victory (21-17, 21-16) in the final to complete the Russian triumph in Vilnius.
As the teams seemed tired and exhausted after spending three days in the hot sun and heavy rains, most of these athletes will soon take to the court again at this year’s U18 European Championship in Kazan, Russia and / or in their respective CEV Youth Continental Cup qualifiers.
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