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11/04/2019 22:00
Ukrainian gold and bronze at 1-Star event in Thailand
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Satun, Thailand, April 11, 2019. Ukrainians Denys Denysenko and Vladyslav Iemelianchyk stamped their superiority over the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Satun 1-Star event after a convincing victory over Iranian opposition in the men’s final showdown on Thursday.

Denysenko and Iemelianchyk, who fought hard to cruise past Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Yakovlev and Sergey Bogatu in a nail-biting three-set encounter (21-17, 19-21, 15-13) in the semi-finals earlier in the day, kept their momentum going in the final.

Against Iranians Rahman Raoufi and Abolhamed Mirzaali in the final clash, the Ukrainian duo displayed an amazing endurance and splendid offensive combinations to snatch a lop-sided first set 21-10.

Denysenko and Iemelianchyk started the second set in the same fashion as they showed successful attacks and solid blocking. Despite a few timeouts, the Iranians failed to use the momentum and let their formidable rivals jump ahead. They tried to claw back into the game, but their efforts and determination did not pay dividends. The Ukrainians performed brilliantly and did not allow their opponents any chance to come back, clinching the second set 21-14, and with it, the match and gold medal.

This is their first World Tour gold as a team. The Ukrainian pairing finished a distant 25th at the World Tour 3-Star in Qinzhou, China in October 2018. However, for Iemelianchyk, the Satun event is his second gold from the FIVB World Tour. On July 8, 2018, Iemelianchyk teamed up with Sergiy Popov to hand Ukraine’s the first-ever FIVB World Tour gold after they topped the podium at a 1-Star event in Porec, Croatia.

“For sure we did not expect an easy win like this in the final,” said Denysenko after the match. “Our rivals suffered from the searing heat here in Thailand. The host country has already entered “summer” and it is likely to be extremely hot everywhere. Therefore, it is likely that they ran out of energy and looked very tired. We also had a very tough game in the semi-finals against Kazakhstan, but fortunately, we did our best to get through to the final. I am very happy to win the title here.”

Next up for the Ukrainian duo is the FIVB World Tour Langkawi Open in Malaysia, which has already kicked off with the qualification round on Thursday. “Our expectation is to try to win the matches we play and hope that we can show our best again there,” Denysenko added.

Diana Lunina and Maryna Samoday secured bronze for Ukraine in the women’s competition.
Meanwhile, the final women’s showdown turned out to be an all-Asian clash. Chinese Taipei’s Kou Nai-Han and Liu Pi-Hsin, ranked 58th in the world by FIVB and who already captured their first FIVB World Tour gold in the Ulsan 1-Star in Korea on July 22, 2018, had to battle against the heat and resilient opponents. Kou and Liu recovered from the first set down 18-21 to complete their remarkable unbeaten run in Satun with a hard-fought three-set win (18-21, 21-18, 15-12) against Vanuatu’s Miller Pata and Sherysyn Toko.
Ukraine’s Diana Lunina and Maryna Samoday had to settle for bronze following their 2-0 (23-21, 21-15) triumph over Colombia’s Galindo sisters, Claudia and Andrea.
“This tournament has been very hard for us because we did not get used to the hot weather here. The Ukraine summer is not as hot as here in Satun,” said Lunina. “We feel mentally and physically exhausted. However, it is a great experience for us for future tournaments. We have played together for one year and a half and our next tournament will be at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Langkawi Open, so I hope we will have a good result out there.”

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