2017-08-02 13:58:00 CET
219 tough minutes on court have taken Kolocova and Kvapilova to the last-16
No team has even come close to clocking up the minutes Kristyna Kolocova and Michala Kvapilova have in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 so far.
But, as they take their place as the first team in the round of 16, it seems fatigue is not even a problem to think about for the Czech pair.
After three gruelling pool stage matches in which they were 2-1 victors every time, the dynamic duo had a comparatively easier match in their first knockout tie, defeating Dutch pair Marleen van Iersel and Manon Flier 21-12, 21-17.
In the sapping Austrian heat it provided a welcome relief for the Czechs to be done in just 33 minutes, a considerable time shorter than their 66, 54 and 66-minute matches so far this competition.
“We are far in the tournament now, we have to say as much energy as possible,” jested Kvapilova.
“It’s been good, we’ve had some days off so we’ve recovered well. The match against the Austrians (Katharina Schützenhöfer and Stefanie Schwaiger) was the toughest because of the heat, but we were able to finish quickly this time.
“We’ve got another game tomorrow but it makes a huge difference in your recovery when you win, physically and mentally.
“We feel better and better, it’s been hot and tough but we’re really enjoying playing, we’ve played some good matches and we’ve had to pull out some tough wins.”
Just one win away from the quarterfinals, the time is now for Kolocova and Kvapilova to think about what might be on the horizon.
But with Kolocova having three previous 17th-place finishes and her partner a World Championships debutant, new ground is already being broken with their main aim now comfortably achieved.
The tests get tougher from hereon however, as America’s Summer Ross and Brooke Sweat await, after they came from a set down on the adjacent court.
“We are really happy it worked out, our defence and block were good, but we knew what to expect from the Netherlands when it came to their jump serve,” added Kolocova.
“We’ve reached our full potential for a few weeks, so now we’re just adding to that, and there is always a capability to do a little better even from a win like this.
“To qualify from the pool was the main thing, it was really important for us and to be ninth is already perfect, it’s gorgeous!
“We are taking it from match to match and we’re just excited to be winning – the tactic is working out so who knows what can happen.”
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