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2017-07-30 16:19:00 CET

Schneider praises Hamburg switch

Bieneck and Schneider have had a stellar 2017 to date, but can they convert that to the World Championship stage?

Victoria and Isabel recorded their first win of the tournament on the Red Bull Beach Arena on SundayVictoria and Isabel recorded their first win of the tournament on the Red Bull Beach Arena on Sunday

Ask Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider for the root of their recent success and they’ll point you in one direction – Hamburg.

The German pair moved there at the start of their partnership last year, a move which has boasted plenty of success en route to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1.

The duo have a third and fourth to their credit already this season to head to Vienna on top form, a vast improvement to the struggling 2016s they both had with different partners.

And Schneider, a debutant at this level who moved from Leverkusen, is in no doubt to the secret of their development, a vast improvement they have noticed both on and off the court.

“We moved to Hamburg to get into a new environment, we have new coaches and this was a good step for us, we’re able to work more professionally and we’ve had some good results from it,” she said.

“We’ve had a good season and hope that can continue.

“The German Beach Volleyball Federation have a special place there, a great environment with physios, doctors and training places which we like a lot, it makes it easier for us to just work and not have to worry about other things.

“The results have been better than we both had last year, it’s worked really well so far and we want that to continue.”

Such has been the improvement of the pair, they headed to the World Championships as one of the favorites to reach the knockout stages from Pool A.

That cause has been aided with their first win of the tournament, over home heroes Katharina Holzer and Teresa Strauss on the Red Bull Beach Arena.

And with form to cherish over the past 12 months, Bieneck is confident the sky can really be the limit for the pair when experience blends with the clear talent on show.

“We had a lot of change in the past year, there were many things to fit in but we were never sure if we could make it all work so quickly on the court,” she said.

“Sometimes it clicks but we are very happy, we’ve been able to pull it into the direction.

“It surprised us a bit, we are young and when you start a new partnership you don’t know what to expect, particularly in the year after the Olympic Games.

“We are lucky to have a good start together. There are so many good teams here so we don’t know how far it will go, but we’ll take it game by game.”

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