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2017-07-25 19:49:00 CEST

#WorldChampsVienna – pool preview – part 5

It’s time to feature the men from pools G, H and I at the World Championships

Kantor/Losiak have won three silver medals this season - can they go one better in Vienna?Kantor/Losiak have won three silver medals this season - can they go one better in Vienna?

We preview all 24 pools ahead of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 in Vienna – here’s our look at men’s pools G, H and I.

Pool G – men

Meet the teams

Kantor/Losiak (Poland)
Gibb/Taylor Crabb (USA)
Capogrosso/Azaad (Argentina)
Godoy/Battilana (Paraguay)

Click here for the Pool G schedule

The lowdown

They’re only 25 but Polish pair Kantor/Losiak are one of the most experienced teams on the tour and arrive in Vienna fresh from a silver medal in Gstaad – one of three silvers they’ve secured already this season. The 2016 Olympians are joined by a new US team for 2017, experienced Jake Gibb and young partner Taylor Crabb, who is taking part in his first championships. Two South American teams make up the group, with Argentinians Capogrosso/Azaad and Godoy/Battilana of Paraguay both making their debuts at the tournament. Both teams qualified via the South American continental qualification process.

Game to watch

The final group matches will play a key role in who tops the pool, so pay side court 3 a visit on August 1 when the Poles tackle the Americans at 1.30pm. While Kantor/Losiak are the highest ranked side in the pool, they lost to Gibb/Crabb at the Poreč Major last month. The Europeans have been in better form, however, and will be out for revenge in Vienna for that defeat.

Pedro/Guto have been in excellent form since forming their partnership this seasonPedro/Guto have been in excellent form since forming their partnership this season

Pool H – men

Meet the teams

Pedro Solberg/Guto (Brazil)
Brunner/Patterson (USA)
Winter/Seidl (Austria)
Naidoo/Williams (South Africa)

Click here for the Pool H schedule

The lowdown

An eye-catching group where three new teams for 2017 hold strong claims for top spot. Pedro Solberg/Guto of Brazil have been in brilliant form since joining forces this season, with the highlight a gold medal at the Poreč Major. Brunner/Patterson’s first game together on the world stage saw them defeat Alison/Bruno in Fort Lauderdale and the duo have achieved four top-10 finishes this year so far. Austrians Winter/Seidl finished ninth together in The Hague in June, while Seidl was playing in the Olympics with Xandi Huber 12 months ago. South Africans Naidoo/Williams qualified by the African continental qualification process but Williams has championship form to his name already having played two years ago in the Netherlands.

Game to watch

The Red Bull Beach Arena will be the place to be on July 31 when Poreč Major champs Pedro/Guto take on home heroes Winter/Seidl. The Austrians will be eyeing their first victory against their Brazilian opposition having lost the two previous meetings this season. Roared on by a passionate home crowd, can they chalk up that elusive victory?

Can wildcards Ermacora/Pristauz get out of a tough Pool I?Can wildcards Ermacora/Pristauz get out of a tough Pool I?

Pool I – men

Meet the teams

Gavira/Herrera (Spain)
Pedlow/Schachter (Canada)
Candra/Ashfiya (Indonesia)
Ermacora/Pristauz (Austria)

Click here for the Pool I schedule

The lowdown

With wildcards from Austria, Ermacora/Pristauz, in the mix this pool has the makings of something special with leading seeds from Spain Herrera/Gavira the favorites. However, Canadians Pedlow/Schachter have been in great form in their first season together, finishing in the top 10 in all six of the tournaments they have entered this term. Ermacora/Pristauz have shown flashes off their ability since bursting onto the scene in Klagenfurt last summer, but the unknown quantity comes in the shape of Indonesians Candra/Ashfiya. The duo are playing in their first ever international event having qualified via the Asia continental route.

Game to watch

Any of the matches involving the up-and-coming Austrians would be worthy of a watch, but don’t miss their final pool play match against their Indonesian counterparts on August 1. A defeat for either team could spell elimination while victory would guarantee another game in the tournament.

 

Previous previews: Men A-C, Women A-C, Men D-F, Women E-F.

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