2017-07-29 15:40:00 CET
Reigning champ reflects on meeting with Mozambique’s Nguvo/Tovela
Olympic and World Champion Alison Bruno Schmidt was flattered that Mozambique duo Aldevino Nguvo and Justino Tovela treat he and Alison Cerutti as their heroes.
The Brazilians had to fight for their straight sets win at a sun-kissed and packed side court two on the second day of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 in Vienna.
Bruno and Alison triumphed 21-13, 21-13 as they began their quest to record what would be a historic second successive world championship crown.
“It’s such an honor to be in a situation like this [being heroes],” the Magician told us. “I’ve done my best all the time and taken everything seriously, and most importantly I have treated my opponents with equal respect.
“That showed towards the end, it means a lot for them to think of me as their heroes.”
The Brazilians were kept up to their work against their African opponents – and Bruno knew that the game wouldn’t be as easy as many people would have expected.
“It was a difficult game to start with, they have no pressure and all of the cheers most of the time, we could see in their faces how motivated they were being part of something like this,” he said.
“Nobody expects anything different in us, but I quite like those situations. Those moments push the team and we did well with the pressure and the crowd, the atmosphere on the side court was amazing and we were totally connected with the match.
“They are so athletic and that’s the reason they are here, at the beginning of the match we are playing a team that we don’t know too much about and they are watching us most of the time. This is the first time we have seen us but they have watched us a lot and they told us that.
“We knew it would be like this, but that’s the fun part of beach volleyball, you have to adapt as fast as possible to every situation.”
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