FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Olsztyn Grand Slam | 25 - 30 August 2015

#OlsztynGS


Press release

Cheeky Swiss pair upsets Pedro & Evandro


Swiss pair Alexei Strasser (left) and Nico Beeler are after the top teams in Olsztyn

Olsztyn, Poland, August 27, 2015 – Swiss qualifiers Nico Beeler and Alexei Strasser might look like the underdogs in Pool B, but on Thursday morning they made clear that they are out to beat the top teams here at the FIVB World Tour Olsztyn Grand Slam. 

In their first pool play match Beeler and Strasser, who are ranked 31st, defeated second seeded Brazilians Evandro Goncalves and Pedro Solberg 2-1 (21-19, 20-22, 15-13) with cheeky, but very well executed play. 

“After winning two games yesterday in qualification it just feels great to keep the performance up,” Strasser said, “and surprisingly winning against one of the top teams of the tournament.”

The new Swiss pair could have even won the match in two sets, with a match point at 20-19 in the second. 

“Definitely, but that is beach volleyball and they are a top team and have a huge service,” Strasser said. “Evandro put us under pressure at the right time. We could have won the second, but it was really good to keep up in the third and keep believing and winning the match 15-13. That is a really good feeling, the same maybe as winning 2-0.”

Beeler added, “We had pressure with our service and had a good tactics on block-defence. We tried to play aggressive in the side-out and that was the key.” 

Their other opponents in Pool B are 15th seeded Italians Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai and 18th ranked Lucerne Open winners Alex Ranghieri and Adrian Carambula, also from Italy. 

“It’s a nice challenge,” Beeler reflected, “and it’s always easier to play against top teams.” 

“We believe in ourselves and I think after winning against the first seeded in the pool there is no reason to believe we cannot do it again,” Strasser said.

The 28-year old Strasser has played on the World Tour for a number of years, but 22-year old Beeler made his debut this season. 

The pair placed fourth at their first event, the Lucerne Open, finished 25th at the Gstaad Grand Slam, but were unable to progress beyond qualification at the Yokohama and Long Beach Grand Slams.  

Strasser, a 2.02m tall blocker who played with Sebastien Chevallier and Mirco Gerson on the World Tour, is sure the results will come sooner or later. 

“I have a young guy at my side now, who understands how to play and how to enjoy the game. That makes us strong,” he said. “I can do my job in blocking and I know I have a great defender behind me and that puts pressure on the other side and I think that’s what it is all about in beach volleyball."


Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

   
30.08.2015 16:54:57
Getting social: FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Olsztyn Grand Slam 2015 - Day 5

Olsztyn, Poland, August 30, 2015 - For the fifth time in a row Brazil's Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt were unstoppable in a final. In a packe... More...

30.08.2015 16:53:28
Alison and Bruno make it five in a row at Olsztyn

Olsztyn, Poland, August 30, 2015 – World champion duo Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt won their fifth consecutive FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour go... More...

30.08.2015 12:41:03
Gibb and Patterson win marathon Olsztyn semi

Olsztyn, Poland, August 30, 2015 – Jacob Gibb and Casey Patterson needed over an hour to see off the challenge of Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik and... More...

29.08.2015 19:38:38
Getting social: FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Olsztyn Grand Slam 2015 - Day 4

29.08.2015 19:32:35
Erdman and Matysik pushed hard before reaching Olsztyn semis

29.08.2015 18:08:43
Talita marks birthday in golden style

29.08.2015 12:43:33
Change of mindset helps Van Iersel and Meppelink gain confidence

29.08.2015 12:11:53
Van Iersel and Meppelink aiming for third time lucky

28.08.2015 18:58:57
Brzostek and Kolosinska hit new heights in Olsztyn

28.08.2015 17:18:27
Getting social: FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Olsztyn Grand Slam 2015 - Day 3

28.08.2015 17:04:41
Latvian fans give Plavins and Regza timely boost

27.08.2015 18:39:56
Getting social: FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Olsztyn Grand Slam 2015 - Day 2

27.08.2015 18:11:53
Kantor and Losiak use home comforts to continue rapid development

27.08.2015 17:25:25
Walsh keeping Olympic dream alive in Olsztyn

27.08.2015 12:24:37
Cheeky Swiss pair upsets Pedro & Evandro

26.08.2015 18:15:56
Canadians hit stride early in Olsztyn

26.08.2015 17:09:19
Austrians and Aussies progress in Olsztyn

26.08.2015 16:05:59
Van Gestel and van der Vlist hit form after injury break

25.08.2015 17:34:27
Lima and Fernanda survive qualification to reach Olsztyn main draw

25.08.2015 15:19:56
New partner, new options for Marketa Slukova

25.08.2015 11:27:02
Brazilian pairs still atop world rankings

24.08.2015 13:56:05
World champs lead the way in Olsztyn

24.08.2015 08:51:37
FIVB World Tour heading to Poland for FIVB Olsztyn Grand Slam

24.08.2015 08:37:46
2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour update following FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam in SoCal, USA

06.03.2015 17:16:31
Countdown clock at 60 days for start of 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour