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2017-08-02 11:04:00 CET

Guatemalans hungry for more action

A new World Championships experience has given them the taste for top action, one they are hopeful can keep developing

eonardo Blanco and Luis Garcia Betencourt have enjoyed playing on the big stageeonardo Blanco and Luis Garcia Betencourt have enjoyed playing on the big stage

Never before had they been any tournament like this, but now Leonardo Blanco and Luis Garcia Betencourt are hoping their FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 experience is just the start of the journey.

The Guatemalan pair bowed out of the competition on Wednesday, ending what was definitely a memorable debut on the Viennese sand.

Victory was not to come their way in the competition, but with an experience of a lifetime to look back on, they are confident this is far from the end of their FIVB experience.

“Being at the World Championships was an amazing experience, from the venue to the fans, everything has been great and we’d love to make it again in two years, that is our main aim,” said Garcia.

“We know we have to train a lot, but we also need to compete in a lot more international events, that is how we will be able to get better.

“Now we have our continental tournament and the Central American games – these tournaments are really important, they can hopefully be a step towards playing more FIVB events.

“We want to get better, we have got better in this tournament and that is very pleasing.”

The pair ended Pool C against American pair Ryan Doherty and John Hyden, with the 22nd seeds showing their class to win in straight sets under the glow of Side Court 3.

They were the last duo in what was a very tough group, with all of the Guatemalan’s opposition ranked in the top 30 in the world ahead of the competition.

That gave them matches unlike anything that had ever been used to, though they remain upbeat that this is something that can take them to the next level of beach volleyball.

Leonardo added: “We would like to be more prepared. Playing these games are unlike anything we have had in our lives, they motivated us to be better and this is so completely new.

“We want to get more sponsors and things like this are very important, the more World Championships we play the more people can watch us and get involved.

“We have loved Vienna, this city is so awesome and very beautiful, and the people have been very friendly – we’d love to come back.”

The Guatemalans may no longer be in the competition, but you can still catch every match of the World Championships live and free on BeachStream. Click here to sign-up!

The Guatemalans have had plenty of fans cheering them on in ViennaThe Guatemalans have had plenty of fans cheering them on in Vienna

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