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31/01/2019 13:30
Chantal Laboureur picks Sandra Ittlinger
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Stuttgart, Germany, January 31, 2019. Yet another new German Beach Volleyball duo is introduced after the German ship was shook by the early retirement of Olympic Champion Kira Walkenhorst. Chantal Laboureur, who until recently shared the court with Julia Sude (read about the split here) has chosen the 24-year old Sandra Ittlinger as her new partner. The young and perspective blocker is no stranger to the World Tour as she has recorded 9 top-ten finishes out of 11 multi-star tournaments she played alongside Kim Behrens in 2018.

Chantal has expressed her joy after the announcement of her new team saying Sandra is her dream partner and the team is surely on the right path to achieve the goal of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Same goes for Sandra as she is eager to learn from her more experienced partner to become stronger than ever. The players will be supported by coaches Ricardo ‘Vento’ Brunale de Andrade of Brazil, who previously worked with Laboureur/Sude, and fellow German Olympian Kay Matysik, who himself retired as a player only in 2017.

Behrens, who is now the team-less player does not hold a grudge and fully understands the decision of Sandra to move into bigger waters.

Chantal was alongside Julia Sude during the 2013 – 2018 Beach Volleyball seasons, during this time they became the 2017 German Champions and claimed top honours in two Major tournaments – in Porec 2016 and Gstaad 2017. Sude/Laboureur were also the bronze medallists at the 2017 European Championship. Ittlinger has been on the world’s stage since October 2017, when she paired up with Kim Behrens and they currently enjoy position 13 in the World Ranking.

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