2017-08-01 13:19:00 CET
Teresa Strauss is aiming for the top
Having played three of the best teams in the world, Austrian Teresa Strauss says the things she’s learnt at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 can help her and sister Nadine go on and achieve big success in the future.
Playing with 19-year-old Katharina Holzer following an injury to Nadine, Teresa believes she now knows what it takes to become a top player on the international beach volleyball circuit.
With games against Larissa/Talita, Bieneck/Schneider and Day/Branagh, who can argue?
“I have learned a lot, we’ve been playing a lot of good players, and to play the number one team in the world, on the Red Bull Beach Arena, it really has been a great experience,” said Teresa.
“When the draw was made we just thought it was really exciting to play against these great teams – we didn’t think of any fear.
“We have learned things in every match. We play to win but we know watching the top teams you cannot afford to make mistakes.
“Their passing, setting, hitting and movement on court are really good and that’s something we’ve noticed when watching the matches back on video.”
With Nadine due to return from a shoulder injury next season – Teresa can’t wait to get on the court with her sister.
“All I’m thinking about now is playing with her,” said the 21-year-old. “I think it’s going to be really good and I think with what I’ve learned we can be a success. I want us to be the best in the world!
“This week has been a good experience, especially being the more experienced, helping Katharina in her game. That’s another good thing to help prepare for next season.”
The Austrians’ last match was a straight sets defeat to experienced Americans Emily Day, 29, and 38-year-old Nicole Branagh.
On their opponents, Day said afterwards: “They played great, they are young girls and I think we’ll be seeing a lot of them in the future.
“They need to keep practising. They’ve come out here and played at this level – and, at this age, that’s something I wasn’t doing for sure.
“If they keep at it they’ll be regulars on the World Tour for sure.”
The win for the Americans guaranteed them a place in the elimination round – keep your eyes peeled for the women’s draw at 2.30pm CET!
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