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2017-08-02 13:25:00 CET

Austrian teams set for lucky loser battle

It’ll be Austria v Austria for a place in the last 32

Dressler celebrates the win on his 24th birthdayDressler celebrates the win on his 24th birthday

 

Birthday boy Christoph Dressler is hoping he and Thomas Kunert have won more win in them on Wednesday after beating Trinidad & Tobago’s Daneil Williams and Marlon Phillip.

The Austrians knew they had to beat the entertaining pair from the Caribbean on the Red Bull Beach Arena to stay in their home tournament.

After a tough seesaw first set that the team from Austria edged 26-24, the second was easier for Kunert and Dressler, with the latter celebrating his 24th today.

“We had to win this to make it out of the pool but we know it’s still not enough and we’ll need to play again,” said Dressler.

“It was an important game and we knew we had to focus and handle the pressure – and that will be the next step to prepare for our next opponents.

“We still have one game to reach the last 32 which would be amazing to continue this beach volleyball dream.”

Their win, allied with the victory for Tobias Winter and Robin Seidl, means the two Austrian teams will go head-to-head against each other for a place in the knockout round at 5.30pm CET on the Red Bull Beach Arena.

Following results elsewhere, the remaining Austrian team in the tournament – Moritz Pristauz and Martin Ermacora – finished as one of the four best third-placed teams to qualify automatically for the last 32. The draw for that will take place later today.

Meanwhile, for defeated Williams and Phillip, the pair were proud of their performance on the Danube Island, despite slipping to three defeats in a tough Pool A.

“We did what we promised – to entertain the crowd and have fun,” said Williams. “Hats off to my partner – he was on fire. All I can ask is we give 100 per cent and we did that and I hope everyone back home is really proud.

“It’s been great entertainment, I love the crowd, the DJ, and the whole vibe and I hope we can qualify again in two years’ time and show our improvement.”

Phillip, at 19 the youngstest male player in the tournament, added: “I was excited to play in front of the crowd and it was close in the first set. I thought we had them. In the second set we lost focus.

“It’s been a good experience and I hope I am able to come and show that I can improve.”

Remember you can watch the big lucky loser match live on BeachStream – as well as all of the matches so far in the tournament on our on demand service. Click here to sign up for free.

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