2017-08-03 18:33:00 CET
They had taken a one-set lead, but Kolocova and Kvapoliva are on their way home from Vienna
Kristyna Kolocova admitted it will take a long time for her and partner Michala Kvapilova to get over their heartbreaking defeat in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 after their bid for the glory ended in the round of 16.
The Czech team had taken the first set in Vienna, but a disappointing second saw them surrender the advantage they had over Summer Ross and Brooke Sweat.
And with the Americans constantly improving as the game went on, Kolocova and Kvapilova were helpless to stop their elimination from the contest – losing 17-21, 22-20, 15-12.
The manner of defeat proved a bitter pill to swallow for the 13th seeds, though they still maintain hope that this is a tournament they can look back on with fond memories.
“We had our chances and we didn’t take them, so it hurts even more to lose that game – we really could have that one,” said Kolocova, who improved on her three previous 17th-place finishes.
“They didn’t totally destroy us so it’s a tough one to take. Ninth in the World Championships is really good but it’s hard to be able to think about that right now.
“We didn’t get the rhythm right away, they were trying to mix things up and we didn’t adjust to the situation quickly enough, that was a big problem.
“We felt confident that we could do it in the tie-break, it’s quite frustrating not to be able to do that, we had played very well in the first set.
“This was our big chance and that will always stay in our minds, but we could also have gone home before this so we have to keep that in our minds.”
For every tough exit comes an ecstatic progression as America’s Ross and Sweat celebrated their place in the World Championships quarterfinals.
Their victory completed the line-up for the last eight, while the fifth seeds’ bid for Viennese glory faces another almighty test in Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst.
The US pair have already had a defeat in this competition, coming in the pool stage, but that doesn’t mean confidence is not part of their mentality heading into the business end.
“It feels so amazing, I’m just so happy to play again,” said a beaming Ross. “We don’t want to leave Austria, we’ve had an amazing time.
“We’ve had one loss but we didn’t actually play badly in that game, match-by-match and set-by-set we are always confident we can turn things around.
“We lost the first set but we were feeling okay, we hung in there and made some good plays – and somehow we can on top since that!”
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