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2017-07-30 20:35:00 CET

Hosts end the day on a high

Doppler/Horst ease into the knockout rounds

The Red Bull Beach Arena rocked to an Austrian tune late on Sunday night as Alexander Horst and Clemens Doppler booked their place in the elimination stages of their home FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1.

And Doppler spoke of his delight after their straight sets win over Canadian continental qualifiers Aaron Nusbaum and Ryan Vandenburg.

“That was always our first goal, to get out of the pool,” said the 36-year-old. “We always said if we can get out of the pool first then the tournament starts again.

“That makes me proud. It’s good that we’ve won both games 2-0 because if we can play like this, in front of this crowd then it will be difficult to for any team to play against us.”

With a packed Red Bull Beach Arena hailing their heroes, Doppler believes the momentum of their first two wins on home sand can propel them to greater things.

“The momentum is on our side,” he said. “All teams want to play on the center court and I think we are a difficult proposition against any one.

“The first two wins are important – no matter who the opposition were. You saw today Saxton/Schalk almost lost to the Iranians, proving that anyone can compete against anyone.”

However, the most important thing for the Viennese blocker is enjoying the moment when 10,000 fans celebrate with them on court.

“We don’t get carried away with the atmosphere because it’s just pure fun,” said Doppler. “The crowd is full of positive emotions, there’s no negativity on the court – and that’s probably the secret.

“Today was probably one of the nicest games we’ve played in such a beautiful setting.”

You can watch this game and all of the matches from day three at the Danube Island on BeachStream.

And that’s the exact place where you can watch Clemens and Alex’s final pool play match against Canadians Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk at 6.45pm CET on Tuesday. Click here to sign-up!

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