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10/03/2019 19:37
Pre-favourite teams cope with stormy conditions to win German national titles
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Willingen, Germany, March 10, 2019. The winners of the 2nd German Snow Volleyball Championships held in Willingen are Lena Overländer / Sarah Overländer / Annika Stenchly / Charlotta Werschek for women and Paul Becker / Jonas Schröder / Georg Wolf / Peter Wolf in the men’s competition. Both teams lived up to their role as favourites and celebrated at the end of an exciting weekend with the championship title. For Lena Overländer and Paul Becker / Jonas Schröder it is already the second national title in the snow after they came out on top at last year’s premiere in Winterberg as well.

In the women’s finals, Lena Overländer / Sarah Overländer / Annika Stenchly / Charlotta Werschek played against Sarah Hogenmüller / Pia Lemberger / Barbara Schulz-Müller / Carmen Straub. For Lena Overländer, who had declared she was setting her sights on another medal, it was the second final in a row in the snow. Overländer and her teammates had made it to the final with two sovereign wins without losing a set and never dropping more than five points per set. The final was a much tighter affair, but there was no doubt that Overländer was steering her side towards another 2-0 (15-9, 15-7) victory.

“The victory really means a lot to us and we are very happy. We fought our way through and we are just happy with the title. You have to get along with the conditions, because it is the same for all teams. We were ready for it,” said Lena Overländer, already looking forward to the next championship: “I definitely want to come back. It would be great to be able to defend the title again.”

The men’s final was an exciting one. Paul Becker / Jonas Schröder / Georg Wolf / Peter Wolf had to tremble after wasting a 1-0 lead before they eventually edged Johannes Delinsky / Sebastian Korbach / Alexander Krippes / Peter Wagler at the tiebreak (15-11, 9-15, 15-5). “The opponents really played a strong final, so we are all delighted that we won. For me, it was an extended home game, so I was happy to see so many friends and the family here,” said Paul Becker afterwards.

“This victory means a lot to us. In the run-up, we spent a lot of time thinking about how to tackle the tournament with this new format [3-aside], and in the end, our system worked out perfectly. It was a great weekend overall.”

Unfortunately, on the final day the players had to cope with rainy and stormy weather conditions, and especially with gale-force gusts in Willingen. The organisers decided to shorten the semis to 11 points per set. In addition, there were no bronze medal matches with the losers of the semi-finals settling for third place.

“We witnessed a very good German championship this weekend. Especially on Saturday, when the sun came out, you could see that the spectators enjoy the sport a lot. From a sporting point of view, we have seen two deserving winning teams. For the weather, in the end, you cannot do anything. Nevertheless, we made the best of it,” concluded Niclas Hildebrand, DVV Sports Director for Beach and Snow Volleyball.

Picture courtesy of DVV / Conny Kurth

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