Modena, Italy, September 09, 2007 - It was a great day for the SWATCH-FIVB Junior World Championships in Modena, with 2,200 spectators and some Vips of the Volleyball world on the stands, like the Dutch Henky Held, Olympic Champion in '96, and Andrea Giani, three times World Champion with the Italian Team and now trainer of Cimone Modena.
The SWATCH FIVB Junior World Championships celebrates Lili – Seixas, who continue to keep at high level Brazilian Beach Volleyball history with four successes in the last four editions. In sunny weather condition, the Brazilian consistent serve, good ball control and high level of tactics helped them defeat Australia’s Palmer-Rohkamper 2-1 (25-27, 21-17, 15-7).
"I'm extremely happy! In the final, we played very good," said Barbara Seixas, "and we won the gold medal. The Australian team played also a tough match. This result is somewhat surprising because this year I changed my partner. All the games have been very difficult and the final match has been really hard. We have improved match by match and we have fixed our team play very well during the games."
In the Men's competition, the Italian pair Giontella – Nicolai win came also thanks to the fans support. It was an excellent game which the Italians claimed 15-13 in the tie break. "It's the most beautiful satisfaction of my life" commented Francesco Giontella (SWATCH MVP). "I worked to get this world title for the whole year. I dedicate this gold medal to all the staff of the National Team. Thanks to all the fans, it's really beautiful to win at home."
In the bronze medal match, Van Iersel and Wesselink defeated Liliana-Baquerizo 21-16 21-19 in 43 minutes. Spanish had many problems in reception and digs, while the Dutch played a very good game. "After yesterday result" said Marleen Van Iersel "we wanted to win a bronze medal. We hoped to do better than last year, but it wasn't possible". "Yesterday, I cried and cried because I was very sad about the result" continued Marloes Wesselink. "We really wanted to play for the gold medal."
In the Men's event, Germany won the bronze medal. The team Erdmann-Windscheif imposed itself against the Dutch team Daalmeijer-Oude Elferink, 2-0 (21-14, 21-16). "I'm so happy especially because my partner had an injured ankle and he played nevertheless, feeling pain all the time" asserted Jonathan Erdmann. "And besides, this is my first world medal!"
The event closes after six incredible days with good matches and a great satisfaction of the local promoter, Sportlands.
3rd-4th places: Erdmann-Windscheif (GER) vs. Daalmeijer-Oude Elferink (NED) 2 – 0 (21-14, 21-16)
1st-2nd place: Giontella-Nicolai (ITA) vs. Gavira-Rojas (SPA) 2 – 1 (13-21, 21-17, 15-13)
SWATCH MVP: Francesco Giontella (ITA)
3rd-4th places: Van Iersel and Wesselink (NED) vs. Liliana-Baquerizo (SPA) 2 – 0
1st-2nd place:Lili-Seixas(BRA) vs. Palmer-Rohkamper (AUS) 2 – 1
SWATCH MVP: Barbara Seixas (BRA)