2017-07-31 14:54:00 CET
Daneil Williams and Marlon Phillip want to stay smiling at the Danube Island
Red Bull Beach Arena fans prepare yourselves: Trinidad & Tobago’s Daneil Williams and Marlon Phillip are eyeing a big upset on Wednesday.
The NORCECA qualifiers will take on Austria’s Christoph Dressler and Thomas Kunert on the main arena sand vying for a place in the next stage of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1.
Both teams have lost both matches in a tough Pool A so all eyes will be on the Red Bull Beach Arena at 11.30am CET on Wednesday – but it is the Trinidadians who are relishing the prospect of causing a major upset.
“We’re definitely looking forward to that game against Austria,” said Williams after his and Phillip’s narrow two-set 17-21, 14-21 defeat against Cubans Nivaldo Diaz and Sergio Gonzalez.
“I like playing in front of big crowds and I hope I can play in a relaxed way and enjoy that match…and win.
“It’ll be a party that’s for sure. We like to play with energy and hopefully we can be settled and play how we want to on court…I just hope the Austrian’s don’t kick us out if we beat them!”
Marlon, at just 19 and the youngest man competing in the tournament, is also looking forward to Wednesday – but knows they cannot afford to get too carried away on the main arena.
“This will be the first time we will play in front of a crowd like this,” said Phillip. “It will be exciting but we have got to stay focused and do what we have to do.
“I’m proud that we’re the first team from Trinidad & Tobago to play in the tournament and I’m grateful to be here at this young age.”
Their performance against the Cubans, who finished fifth in last year’s Olympics, belied their status as the rank outsiders as 48th seeds.
And having begun the tournament with a heavy defeat to top seeds Alvaro Filho and Saymon Barbosa, the pair believe they can take confidence and knowledge into their must-win last match and use it to their advantage.
“We didn’t know much about the Brazilians and that was a bit disappointing,” said Daneil. “It was our first game, we wanted to rise to the occasion and we didn’t.
“However, we played against Cuba – one of the number one teams in my opinion – and we’re definitely happy with our performance.
“I think it has taken us a bit of time to get used to the surroundings but we know we have nothing to lose – we want to enjoy ourselves.”
Phillip added: “The Brazil game was a bad start for us but we were better against Cuba. When we play Austria if we can play to our full potential then we can get a win.
“We were more comfortable against Cuba but we need to find more consistency. We’ve watched Austria, we know what to expect and we will try and capitalize on it.”
Home fans – you have been warned! See you on Wednesday boys!
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