2017-08-02 12:00:00 CEST
Naidoo and Williams desperate to make sure this World Championships experience won't be their last
More, more, more! That’s what Jamaine Naidoo and Leo Williams are after following their FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 exit.
The South African pair got their first taste of the Red Bull Beach Arena on Wednesday, though their bid to reach the knockout stages was thwarted by Austrians Robin Seidl and Tobias Winter.
That means their Viennese adventure has sadly come to an end but, with a taste of the big-time still fresh in the mind, they are determined to make sure this is not the last.
More matches and competitions is a particular aim of the African duo, more than showcasing their ability to do battle with the best athletes in the world.
“We have proved that South Africa and Africa in general can play in this tournament,” said Williams. “We want to get us to these events, and I think if we can get that we can get even better results.
“We need to play more, have more exposure and to try and get more support like some other teams get, if we receive that then we’ll be able to compete at the best level – not just us but teams and countries all over the tournament.
“Center court was unbelievable, it’s nice to have a big crowd because that makes you perform better.
“The Austrians stepped up a lot better than we did but the more of these opportunities we get, the better we will be in the future.”
Three defeats from three and a two-set defeat in their last match struggle to paint the picture of what was an encouraging campaign for the South Africans.
Indeed they gave the home favorites more than a run for their money before losing 21-17, 21-16 in their final showdown, hopeful the big match experience can come in the future.
This was their first World Championships as a pair, though Williams had the experience of the Netherlands two years ago.
He added: “It’s a mental thing, you are way more comfortable when you play back home, you know what you are experiencing and can impose yourself better on the game.
“But when it comes to internationals, you are nervous and you try to do things that are outside your span of control.
“The scoreline doesn’t show the game, we were neck and neck all the way through both sets and it was a game we really, really wanted to win.
“We would have loved to get to the next round, we want as many opportunities to play as possible.”
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