2017-07-31 20:47:00 CET
Olympic champs and Poreč heroes end the day on a high
Two of Brazilian men’s leading chances at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 were in irresistible form as the sun went down on a sizzling day of action on the Red Bull Beach Arena.
Reigning world champions and last summer’s Olympic gold medalists, Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt recorded their second victory of the tournament but were made to work hard by Latvians Martins Plavins and Heralds Regza.
The Europeans matched their illustrious opponents for much of the first set before succumbing 21-19. And that was exactly the same result in the second set as, despite staying well within reach of the Brazilians, Plavans and Regza could not force a deciding set.
In the following match on the Red Bull Beach Arena the Austrian crowd were out in force to support Tobi Winter and Robin Seidl.
However, the home fans were left disappointed as Poreč Major champions Pedro Solberg and Guto Carvalhaes were in awesome form to record a straight sets win.
In a close opening set, Winter/Seidl had their chances but could not get themselves in a winning position.
And the second set began with a series of unforced errors from the Austrians which handed the Pedro/Guto an advantage they never relinquished.
“We are playing better and better,” said Pedro afterwards. “This was our first match on main court and it's really different from playing on the side courts. It's a huge court, with a big crowd and a lot of noise and you kind of miss you references a little bit. I'm glad we figured it out, adjusted quickly and won our second game.”
Guto, who was flying around the Red Bull Beach Arena in typical fashion, had praise for the Austrians.
“These guys are amazing players,” said the 23-year-old. “We had to play at our best, as in every game on this tournament.
“There are no easy games here. Now we'll prepare to play the Americans for the first place of our pool and it will be a tough match up as well.”
Both Brazilian teams have now booked their place in the elimination round but for Austrians Winter/Seidl they will need a positive result in their final pool play match on the Red Bull Beach Arena on Wednesday against South Africans Jamaine Naidoo and Leo Williams.
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