19/07/2018 22:48
Keizer fights through pain and into the #EuroBeachVolley quarterfinals
2018 CEV DELA Beach Volleyball European Championship

Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 19, 2018. Things are taking shape in Rotterdam after Thursday matches, with Jannes van der Ham/Sven Vismans (NED) and Vaclav Bercik/Jan Dumek (CZE) eliminated after finishing last in Pools C and F respectively. In the women’s competition, Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink (NED) and Angela Lobato Herrero/Amaranta Fernandez Navarro emerged as the #EuroBeachVolley quarterfinalists. 

After a very close-cut and nigh-flawless set between Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst (AUT) and Mariusz Prudel and Jakub Szalankiewicz (POL), the Polish duo stole the second one with great dedication in defence. The third part, however, belonged to the calmer Austrians 2-1 (27-25, 15-21, 15-8). “We spend a lot of time together, they are friends of ours, so it’s fun but at the same time very hard to play against them,” said Alexander Horst of his Polish opponents.

The second game was a very different one, as Russia’s Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov needed little time to dominate the Dutch opposition (van der Ham/Vismans) 2-0 (21-12, 21-12) and keep a flawless record at the end of play in Pool C.

In Pool F Mathias Berntsen and Hendrik Mol (NOR) made an equally short work of the Czechs Bercik /Dumek, (21-15, 21-8), who thus ended up winless in the round. “This was a ‘do or die’ game for us and we played it well. Our side-out improved and our block defence was good as well,” said the younger of the two Vikings, Berntsen, while waiting for the results of the draw.

The real fight took place at the top of the pool, where Martins Plavins and Edgars Tocs (LAT) tasted their first defeat in the tournament, at the hands of Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Igor Velichko, after a jaw-dropping comeback by the Russians in set three. They were five points down at 7-12, at the verge of losing at 11-14 but turned the game around for a final 2-1 (19-21, 21-13, 16-14). “It wasn’t our plan to lose so many points in the third set but we fought till the end and got the reward,” said Oleg Stoyanovskiy, while his teammate was more enthusiastic – “It was amazing! This was a good day.”

Things got serious in the women’s competition, as there were no second chances at this stage. This did not prevent Anouk and Zoé Vergé-Dépré from visibly enjoying the game as they cruised 2-0 (21-16, 21-18) past Italy’s Marta Menegatti/Laura Giombini. In the Round of 16, however, the Swiss sisters fell prey to the home team of Sanne Keizer and Madelein Meppelink, who really seemed unstoppable today, despite Sanne’s struggle with the pain of an ankle injury from the end of set no. 2. “We had a good strategy and we were really fired up to play for our own public. We started off really well  and could continue even with Sanne’s ankle. It was a scary moment but we stayed calm, stuck to our tactics and pushed through,” said Meppelink after the 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) win.

In the last game of the day, Kim Behrens and Sandra Ittlinger (GER) faced Spain’s Lobato/Fernandez, who earlier on Thursday quickly defeated the French duo of Alexandra Jupiter/Aline Chamereau 2-0 (21-15, 21-14). The encounter ended with the Spanish players triumphant at 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) and ready for Friday’s quarterfinal.

This is how men’s competition is due to continue in the elimination phase following the Drawing of Lots held on Thursday night in The Hague: 

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