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France just a win away from Olympics

Cazaute and Chamereau celebrate after their second win in Antalya

Antalya, Turkey, May 16, 2014 - The French U19 pair is the only team to secure its ticket to the crucial second elimination round after just two legs of pool play at the women's 2014 CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final. Helena Cazaute and Aline Chamereau won their two games to guarantee themselves the first place in Pool A.

In their first match, Cazaute and Chamereau succeeded in upsetting the #1 seeds of the tournament, Austria’s Mona Gesslbauer and Julia Radl. The French won 2-1 (16-21, 21-16, 15-13) in 50 minutes, the longest match of the competition so far.  In the tie-breaker set, they survived an Austrian comeback scare. Their opponents won three consecutive rallies to level the score at 13-13. The French, however, took the following two points to celebrate victory.

In their second match, Cazaute and Chamereau had a difficult first set against Norway’s Hannah Sofie Perrens and Sunniva Helland-Hansen, but again showed some character to win it in overtime.  Cazaute/Chamereau were then well in control of the entire second set, before Cazaute finished it off with a poke for the final 2-0 (24-22, 21-17).

“It is very hard to lead a pool that includes a team like Austria,” Aline Chamereau commented after the second victory. “They have a lot of experience, but we managed to win against them. We had only two weeks to prepare for this tournament. We are very happy to win two straight games and to reach the second elimination round.”

“It was really difficult to start this competition,” Helena Cazaute added.  “We were stressed, but succeeded to win two matches in the pool. We had to be very focused against Austria because they are a very good team. It was our first game of the season. We will do our best in the second round.”

In each of the other five pools, the first place is still up for grabs and will be decided later today with the outcome of the third-leg matches.

Click here for photos and more detailed information on the women’s 2014 CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final.

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