Myslowice, Poland, July 15, 2007 - Danielle Remmers and Michelle Stiekema won seven-straight matches enroute to capturing the gold medal here Sunday at the at the sixth annual SWATCH-FIVB World Championships for players under the age of 19.
With their 21-10, 19-21 and 15-10 win in 52 minutes over Gilda Lombardo and Marta Menegatti of Italy, Remmers and Stiekema became the second team from the Netherlands to capture a women’s U19 world championship gold medal as Sanne Keizer and Arjanne Stevens won the inaugural “junior’s” event in 2002 at Xylokastro, Greece.
For Remmers, it was her second-straight U19 podium placement after she and Marleen Van Iersel captured the 2006 silver medal in Bermuda after losing the title match to Becchara Palmer and Alice Rohkamper of Australia.
“My dreams have come true,” said Remmers after the match. “I'm really happy that we won. It was great tournament for me. I think that it is a great place for organizing such competitions. Now we are going to play some matches in Holland and later start in World Championship under 21 in Italy.”
In addition to claiming gold medals, Remmers and Stiekema will also earn a possible “wild card” spot in a future SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event. The seventh annual SWATCH-FIVB World Championships for players under the age of 21 will be staged September 5-9 in Modena, Italy.
In the bronze medal match, Iveta Halbichova and Barbora Jerabkova of the Czech Republic scored a 14-21, 21-15 and 15-9 win in 49 minutes over Poland’s Monika Brzostek and Weronika Kurek.
Remmers and Stiekema advanced to the finals by posting a 15-21, 21-11 and 15-4 semi-final win in 39 minutes over Brzostek and. The Italians gained a spot in the women’s finale with a 21-17 and 21-13 victory over Halbichova and Jerabkova
In the men’s final, Michal Kadziola and Jakub Szalankiewicz of Poland defeated Germany’s Stefan Kohler and Malte Stiel 21-16 and 21-16 for the gold medal in 39 minutes. Vitalii Didukh and Pavlo Ostapenko of the Ukraine captured the bronze medal by defeating Marcin Kantor and Damian Wojtasik of Poland 16-21, 21-11 and 15-10 in 48 minutes.