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2017-07-30 18:42:00 CEST

Swiss success like clockwork

Hüberli/Betschart book knockout place – but now they want top spot!

Tanja and Nina will take on Canadians Wilkerson/Bansley on Monday for a place at the top of the poolTanja and Nina will take on Canadians Wilkerson/Bansley on Monday for a place at the top of the pool

They had to work hard for it – but Swiss pair Tanja Hüberli and Nina Betschart recorded their second successive FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 win to book their spot in the knockout stages.

Against Argentina’s Gallay/Zonta the European team took the first set 21-15 only for the South Americans to force a decider when winning the second set 15-12.

But Tanja and Nina have been in great form so far in 2017 and they were able to dig deep in the final set to triumph 15-12.

“In the middle of the second set we were serving really good and getting a lot of points out of service – but then we could not hit the point we wanted to, we were serving Gallay and we were actually trying to serve the other player,” Huberli said afterwards.

“We were really inefficient serving and we were struggling on serve reception too so that’s one of the reasons we lost the second set. 

“In the third set we just wanted to play our game and keep calm. At the beginning of third set we had some tough positions.”

Nina added: “We started really well in the first set. In the second set we were in front by six points or so, but then we started having problems receiving. We weren’t having a good pass or set and then it gets difficult. 

“Argentina fought really well. It was close suddenly and we are really happy we won.  I think it’s pretty important to win the pool. Normally you get a little bit opponent because you get a third and not a winner or second of the group.  I think tomorrow will be a tough but important game.  But it is nice to play for the group win because if you lose it isn’t really bad.”

The battle for top spot in Pool J will be decided on Monday when the Swiss pair take on Canadians Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson on side court 2 at 11am CET.

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