16/07/2018 23:00
No upsets in Rotterdam on its first #EuroBeachVolley day
2018 CEV DELA Beach Volleyball European Championship

Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 16, 2018. After the #EuroBeachVolley party started with the Sunday opening ceremony and match in Apeldoorn, the action could now kick off in Rotterdam with men’s Pool C and Pool F matches. While all four games went in favour of the higher seeded teams, this did not mean a lack of surprizes for the fans.

In the match between the Latvian duo Plavins/Tocs and the Norwegians Berntsen/Mol, H. both sets went according to the Latvians’ wishes but ended in an unusual manner – via a red card to their opponents – who, however, at that moment were only a point away from losing the match (21-13, 21-15). The ability to keep it cool is what Latvia’s Martins Plavins attributed the victory to: “We just try to play calm and make few mistakes. It was an easy win for us, because they made mistakes more often. A win is a win, especially in the European Championship. For us it’s important to get out of the pool and show good game. It’s not even about the medals but to show good play for the ‘road to Tokyo’ and that’s why I’m happy for this victory.”

In the second match of the day Russia’s Stoyanovskiy/Velichko made short work (21-12, 21-15) of Dumek/Bercik from the Czech Republic. “This is just a beginning, but we’re satisfied with the result and we’d like to get better with every game to reach our maximum – all matches are equally important for us” Oleg Stoyanovskiy commented.

The match between the Polish team Prudel/Szalankiewicz and Russia’s Semenov/Leshukov was the best-balanced fight the fans in Rotterdam could see tonight. The 2-0 (21-15, 21-19) victory of the Russian duo was yet another proof that the two-time Olympian Konstantin Semenov’s come-back to the sport was a right decision. The Poles put up quite an impressive fight in set two, going head-to-head against their rivals for most of the time.

Both teams have started the year with new partners. Both of them have also already fought at a World Tour event in Ostrava. Polish players did not manage to avenge that loss here in Rotterdam. “Our opponents played really well. We, on the other hand, made too many mistakes and didn’t show our best abilities but the tournament goes on” said Mariusz Prudel. “They beat us again, so it seems that they have a good tactic for us and like to play against us, but this will change”.

The local wild cards van der Ham/Vismans S. were quickly outmatched by the seasoned Austrian players Doppler/Horst (21-13, 21-11). This, however, did not stop the orange-clad fans from celebrating their local heroes long after the game had already finished. 

“We were second last year in the World Champs, so of course we want to get far in the European Championship, but it’s going to be difficult. If you check the world ranking, in the top 15 there are as many as 10 teams from Europe. That shows how extremely high the level is and that anyone can beat anybody here” said Alexander Horst.

On Tuesday women join the action with their Pool B and Pool G matches.

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