2017-08-06 10:50:00 CET
Dutch wildcards set for bronze battle after Brazil defeat
Christiaan Varenhorst believes just a little bit more ‘guts’ could take he and Maarten van Garderen all the way to the bronze medal despite suffering disappointment in their semifinal in Vienna.
The Dutch wildcards had wowed their way to the last four, but they couldn’t replicate their scintillating form as they missed out to Brazil’s Evandro Goncalves and Andre Loyola – a disappointing repeat of their tournament opener.
A 21-15, 21-13 was not the scoreline they were after, with Evandro’s serve proving a challenge through the match – making four aces to book his team’s place in the final later this afternoon.
But Varenhorst and van Garderen can’t afford to be too disheartened for long, with their third-place play-off to come at 1.15pm CET, safe in the knowledge that the former is just one win away from being on the podium for a second straight world event.
“Playing for a medal is everything, we wanted to win this one but we’ve still got a chance to win a medal, and that would make our tournament almost perfect,” he said.
“We’re going to have 15 or 30 minutes to shake off this disappointment, then we’ll work towards the next game.
“It’s getting a little bit more difficult in this rainy weather, we’re having to hand-set and it’s still possible, we just need to come back and play with a little bit more guts.”
The Viennese weather was unlike anything seen in the competition to date, with rain falling heavily on Red Bull Beach Arena to the disruption of both teams.
Varenhorst was keen not to make excuses however, knowing the pair were not playing the game that had taken them to the last four.
And with the Brazilians on top form anything less than their strong volleyball was going to come under pressure, though he remains hopeful that their mentality can change in the final medal match.
He added: “On our side-out, we didn’t play with the guts we did yesterday and a lot of our passing came from the back of the court, the attacking was not full power and setting wasn’t always consistent.
“The Brazilians played well, in the first set their serve gave them the edge so that was how the gap came. Then in the second, straight from the beginning we didn’t play our side-out.
“We kept on having troubles in our side-out and that was our major issue.”
You can watch the Dutch wildcards play either Doppler/Horst or Liamin/Krasilnikov for the bronze medal live and free on BeachStream, later this afternoon. Click here to sign-up!
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