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27/09/2020 19:00
#EuroBeachVolleyU22 ends with double Russian triumph in Izmir
CEV U22 Beach Volleyball European Championships 2020

Izmir, Turkey, September 27, 2020. Last Sunday, Ukraine had celebrated a double gold medal on the final day of competition at #EuroBeachVolleyU18. A week later, Russia achieved the very same feat at the U22 event held at Pamucak Beach as well, with Anastasiia Frolova/Aleksandra Ganenko (pictured) and Alexey Gusev/Pavel Shustrov emerging as the eventual winners of the women’s and men’s competition, respectively. It is the second straight U22 European title for Gusev and Shustrov, who had triumphed last year in Antalya as well.

As expected, the biggest favourites of the women’s competition, Maria Voronina and Mariia Bocharova made it to the final. They beat Swiss opponents Esmée Böbner and Mara Betschart in two sets in the semis (21-16, 21-10). In the second semi-final, Anastasiia Frolova and Aleksandra Ganenko needed two sets as well to defeat Sofiia Rylova and Yeva Serdiuk of Ukraine – the bronze medal winners from the U20 competition held two weeks ago in Brno. The Russians cancelled a set point for their opponents in the first set and that was the key moment of the match.

Later in the afternoon, Böbner and Betschart needed 43 minutes to secure the bronze medal from their matchup with Rylova and Serdiuk (2-1; 21-16, 15-21, 15-10).