2017-07-29 21:49:00 CEST
An all United States match graced Red Bull Beach Arena on the second day of competition
America v America in front of a packed-out crowd in the first game of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 – it doesn’t get much better than that for John Hyden.
He and Ryan Doherty opened up their Viennese odyssey in front of thousands upon thousands of fans on Saturday night, an opportunity they were desperate not to waste in their third World Championships.
The only problem was opponents Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena were boasting the exact same motivation.
It was that pair that took the spoils on the Red Bull Beach Arena, but that didn’t stop Hyden reveling in an occasion to savor as their tournament kicked off.
“It was a very tough game, but it was good to get out there and play some good volleyball, hopefully we can play that well against the other teams, and if we do we’ll do alright,” he said.
“They are the top seed in our pool, usually you want to have a couple of easier matches first but every game is a tough one, we’ll have to see whether it’s a good one to get out of the way early.
“To have our first game of the World Championships in a packed stadium is awesome – you can’t beat it.
“You know you can’t make mistakes against those guys, any one can cost you the match so you have to play at your very best every time.”
But despite defeat in their opening game, there is a feeling of relief that one of Hyden and Doherty’s toughest games in the tournament is now a thing of the past.
The pair have also shaken off the first game nerves to hopefully bring their best when it matters most in the World Championships, with no better time than now to hit the stand on top, top form.
That’s none more so than a place they adore playing in, delighted the Viennese crowd came to life for an occasion which is set to get bigger and better across the coming week and beyond.
“I think we are going to play better, the first game is always a little bit slow for me and it takes a little bit of time to get going, but it’s nice to have that first win on the board,” Hyden added.
“You want to get better as you go along in a tournament, it’s nice to be strong throughout but if you can keep developing then it is a good thing to do.
“Playing in Austria is always really fun, they’re a great part of the tournament and really make it a fun tournament to be a part of.”
There are a plethora of Americans in action in Vienna, and you can follow all their progress by watching live on BeachStream. Click here to sign-up!
Could this be your perfect summer job?
Danube Island set for another sandsational beach takeover
Vienna’s silver medalists honored by their home city
In his latest blog, Ben reflects on the World Champs...