2017-08-01 20:37:00 CEST
The battle for top spot in the men’s pools continued on Tuesday
It was a perfect day for six men’s teams who maintained 100 per cent records at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 and booked their spots in the elimination rounds.
Leading the way was Canadian pair Ben Saxton and Chaim Schalk who overcame a 10,000-strong crowd on the Red Bull Beach Arena to beat Austria’s Clemens Doppler and Alex Horst in an epic three-set contest in day five’s final match.
Both teams went into the game with two wins from two but it was the North Americans took a close first set. However, spurred on by their legion of fans, Doppler/Horst took the match to a decider much to the delight of the packed crowd.
Much to the home fans’ disappointment, though, it was Saxton/Schalk that got the job done in the third set to end the day on top of Pool L, winning 21-19, 18-21, 15-13.
Elsewhere on a sweltering day of action on the sand, Qatari’s Jefferson Santos Pereira and Cherif Younousse also made it three from three with an excellent straight sets win over Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs of Latvia.
As temperatures rose to over 50 degrees on the Red Bull Beach Arena, Olympic silver medalists from Italy, Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai topped their group with a third win from three matches – as did the Copacabana bronze medalists. Robert Meeuwsen and Alexander Brouwer of the Netherlands have shown their credentials for another major medal, and they made light work of Polish duo Michal Bryl and Grzegorz Fijalek to also make it three out of three.
The two other teams who ended the day smiling with unblemished records were Russians Nikita Liamin and Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak of Poland.
The men’s pool play ends on Wednesday and remember you can watch all of the action live on BeachStream. Click here to sign-up! It’s free!
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