Top two men's teams reach Spindleruv Mlyn snow volleyball semis
On the second stop of the 2017 CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour, last year’s winners Robert Kufa and Michal Matyja remain in contention to win the title but with different partners – David Kufa and Piotr Janiak, respectively.
Michal Matyja, the “King of the Snow” from the 2016 European Tour, and his teammate Piotr Janiak shut out Czech duos in both the second and the third rounds.
First, they claimed a 2-0 (11-6, 11-7) win against Matej Dvorak/Kamil Urban and then took a 2-0 (12-10, 11-3) victory over Peter Gyurovszky/Petr Polasek. On the way to the semifinals, they had one more obstacle: 12th-seeded Polish compatriots Jakub Kubacki and Adrian Broniarek. It took them only 13 minutes to overcome their opponents, winning 2-0 (11-6, 11-4).
Meanwhile, the Kufa brothers, the home favourites, needed a bit more time to get through their matches. In their first match, the Czechs took a hard-earned 2-0 (11-5, 14-12) victory over Poland’s Mateusz Paszkowski/Maciej Lewicki, seeded 18th. Their second win came a little bit faster – 2-0 (11-4, 11-8) against the Czech pair of Tomas Jedlicka/Dominik Samec.
The last match on the programme was another all-Czech clash. This time, David and Robert Kufa had to lock horns with sixth seeds Tomas Pala and Jan Chalupa. Cheered by the spectators around the centre court, they put on an exciting battle before a dramatic ending. The Kufas were ready to seal the deal when they had double match point at 10-8, but their opponents fought back to earn set point before falling 2-0 (11-6, 14-12).
“I am really happy about our performance today, because we played relaxed, without many mistakes,” said David Kufa at the end of the day. “The snow today was quite soft, not very slippery and really perfect for snow volleyball.
“We play for fun and we really enjoy it, but since Michal and his partner beat us in Iran, tomorrow, if we meet again, it’s vendetta time!”
Six duos – three from Poland and three from the Czech Republic – are still in contention for the remaining two spots in the semifinals. The last two legs in the losers’ bracket will be played on Sunday morning, while the first men’s semifinal is scheduled for 11:20.
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