2017-08-01 17:45:00 CEST
Ermacora/Pristauz remain in the running on home sand
Anything else from here is a FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 bonus for Martin Ermacora and Moritz Pristauz, and the Austrian favorites are desperate to see if they can hit the jackpot.
The home heroes defeated Indonesia’s Mohammad Ashfiya and Ade Rachmawan to register their first win of the tournament in Vienna, now guaranteed at least a spot as a lucky loser.
More importantly that means a minimum of one more match in front of the Viennese faithful – and a chance to experience a crowd that roared them to Red Bull Beach Arena success.
Getting out of the pool was the only aim for the pair and, with that now achieved, the shackles are off as they look to wow the Austrian crowd with a no-fear approach that could lead to some very exciting beach volleyball.
“We’ve learnt that we don’t have fear any opponent, in the group stage and against any opponent we can play at a high level,” said Pristauz.
“Before the tournament we said we wanted to get out of the group, that is a goal we have achieved and now we look forward from match to match.
“Everything from here is a bonus. The crowd can be a key part in every game.
"It always pushes you and in difficult matches those can be the moments that make the difference.”
It may be a cliché that home support works wonders, but with this Austrian duo, not a truer word could be spoken.
They trailed their Indonesian opponents in the first set but, with the partisan crowd on their side, they bounced back in some style to play some of their best volleyball in the tournament.
That’s something they are now keen to build on, in both performance and enjoyment in the cauldron that is the Red Bull Beach Arena.
Ermacora added: “For us to come back in the first set was a massive moment, we were three or four points behind but by the technical timeout we made some breaks and got some service pressure, hauled it back and then managed to keep it in the second set.
“We are very satisfied, we tried to improve from game to game and take something with us from each one, we’ve managed to do that really well and it’s made a big difference for us.
“We were able to take loads from the crowd, at every huge point we were looking into the stands and for everyone to be cheering made a massive difference.
“To hear them doing that for you gives you a lot of energy and in this heat you need as much as you can get.”
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