2017-08-01 17:12:00 CEST
Indonesian Ade Rachmawan looks back on world champs experience with fondness
They might have lost all three matches but Indonesia’s Ade Rachmawan has enjoyed his time on the Danube Island.
Ade and partner Mohammad Ashfiya knew they needed to beat Austria’s Martin Ermacora and Moritz Pristauz to stand a chance of staying in the tournament.
But, after a good start that saw them lead against the home favorites, the Indonesians could not keep up with the pace and succumbed to a straight sets defeats, going down 18-21, 12-21.
However, Ade was bursting with pride having represented his country at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1.
“It’s very, very special to have been out there playing, the atmosphere was incredible and it was a really good experience to be a part of,” said the 24-year-old.
“The second set was a very important one, it was very tiring mentally, we have never played in an atmosphere like that before and it was very special but very difficult to play in, especially in the heat.
“We were close in the first set and were leading, but in the second they were able to put some points together and we weren’t able to catch them which was disappointing. We did very well in that first set.
“We got very tired very quickly, we weren’t able to play at our best which was a shame.”
Despite the defeat Rachmawan believes the tournament has been a great learning curve for the team as they now prepare for tournaments across Asia for the rest of the season.
“We have been able to learn a lot, in the next tournament hopefully we’ll be more settled and we’ll be able to use this experience of playing in a different country,” he said.
“We have played so many different teams and it has been a great experience for us, we have learnt a lot and are a better team than when we started the tournament, now we can start on a different level.
“We’ve loved being in Vienna, we’ve really enjoyed our time here and it is a shame it is over.”
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