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2017-08-02 17:12:00 CET

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More national German pride at stake on the Danube Island

Chantal and Julia celebrate their knock-out victoryChantal and Julia celebrate their knock-out victory

It really has been an all-German affair in the women’s tournament here in Vienna!

The fourth all-Germany clash match of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 – and first in the elimination stage – took place with Gstaad Major champions Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude earning a place in the last 16.

They triumphed in straight sets against fellow Germans Julia Groβner and Nadja Glenzke to land a book a meeting with Finland’s Riikka Lehtonen and Taru Lahti-Liukkonen.

“We stuck to our tactics and did everything precise in the end,” said Sude afterwards. “They had a little problem in sideout and weren’t so precise. Of course we know them very well what they are doing, and we took our chance. If you are a little bit ahead it’s easier to focus on other things and not on your part.  You can watch the opponent and what they are doing. 

“It’s nice that we have four German teams here so that means we are a very strong country in beach volleyball in women.  That is not a big disadvantage that three teams were in one pool because two would pass anyways and one got in the lucky loser.”

Großner of the losing team added: “Three times out of five matches we have played German teams, so we are already practicing for the German Championships. The middle of the first set the other girls took all the chances and we lost a bit of our focus. Honestly I thought we would make more points so I was a bit upset with the outcome.  The disappointment will hold for a while but after that I think we can be happy about this place.” 

“It was Germany but it was like an opponent just like anyone else,” Glenzke. “They’ve had a really good season and we wanted to make pressure on them. We knew that we had to play a really good game to beat them. 

“Until the middle of the first set it worked well but then they had some really nice defenses and we couldn’t hold that level until the end of the game. Julia is a really good blocker, she reads the attacker.  I tried different solutions but she always had the right answer.”

Remember you can watch back all of the previous all-German encounters on our BeachStream channel – as well as all the action live. Just click here to sign-up for free and start viewing!

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