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2017-07-30 13:13:00 CEST

Two out of two for second seeds

Samoilovs/Smedins playing it cool on the Danube Island

The Latvians were in top form to see off the Germans on Sunday morningThe Latvians were in top form to see off the Germans on Sunday morning

Second seeds Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins refused to get carried away after their straight sets win over Germans Markus Böckermann and Lars Flüggen booked the Latvians a spot in the knockout rounds on the Danube Island.

The pair were in impressive form to see off the challenge of a German team who came into the tournament having scooped gold in Poland last week.

But although they are all but assured of a place in the elimination round following their second win at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1, the duo are happy to take every game as it comes.

“The goal is to play each match like the last one, we are only focused on the next match,” Smedins said afterwards. “We are not looking at any other matches, we are just preparing for this one, that is all. 

“We played a little bit better with the service today, and they didn’t move their legs as good. It wasn’t a bunch of aces, but serves in different directions, and they had a few problems while Alex had some good blocks and had one or two balls on defense. We put the pressure on them.  We had led by four or five points but then they came back.”

The Latvians were also boosted by the fans at a packed side court, much to Samoilovs’ delight.

“We had good crowd support,” said the Lion King. “At the beginning of the season the German team were playing really good but last week they played just great. 

“We get seeded second here and get in the same pool with the team that won a four-star event the week before – that shows the quality of the teams here.”

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