2017-07-29 13:50:00 CET
American reveals she was coming to Vienna anyway…
Emily Day’s whirlwind week continued on the Red Bull Beach Arena as she and Nicole Branagh got off to a winning start at the World Champs.
After injury forced Kerri Walsh Jennings to miss the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 Emily was called up to partner Nicole for the first time in their careers.
And the new American duo wasted no time in stamping a marker on the tournament with an impressive straight sets win over Germans Bieneck/Schneider.
It completed a hectic seven days for Day. Moments after securing an AVP title in her homeland, Emily was soon packing her bags for Vienna and the biggest beach volleyball tournament of the summer!
“It’s been a whirlwind,” she explained. “We saw that Kerri had hurt her shoulder and thought someone might step in to partner Nicole and then I received the call. It’s amazing to be here and it’s been a good start.
“Winning in Hermosa Beach on Sunday, then on Monday being told you might be going to Vienna and then on Tuesday being told to get on a flight to Vienna for the World Champs!
“But that said I was coming anyway…I was getting ready to come to Vienna for a friend’s wedding on August 12 – all I had to do was change my flight!”
For teammate Branagh, Kerri’s injury also hindered preparation for the biggest beach volleyball tournament of the summer at the Danube Island.
“It has been an emotional and mentally tough time,” said the 38-year-old. “Injury is part of the sport and these things happen but it was important for me, and Emily, to switch off and try and focus on this tournament.
“Kerri is making a speedy recovery and is sending us messages of encouragement. She is in good spirits and cheering us on. It’s helping us focus on doing well here.
“It’s not been easy for Emily, it’s a tough situation but it’s an amazing opportunity for us both to be a part of this wonderful event.
“And this isn’t a bad start! It was never going to be easy in our first tournament together but we stuck together – even at times when we were down. We handled the long rallies well and we’re really happy to have won our first match.”
The duo’s next match is tomorrow against world number one Larissa/Talita of Brazil – a game you can watch live on BeachStream.
“This is a tough pool,” added Emily. “The German team are very good and then we play Larissa/Talita and then an Austrian team – it’s not going to be easy.”
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