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Swiss pairs lead the way in Disentis

It was all-gold for Switzerland's men in Disentis
Disentis, Switzerland, March 12, 2017 – Andreas Catschegn and Timon Hallauer led a Swiss clean sweep of the men’s medals at the CEV Disentis Snow Volleyball Tournament with victory in the gold medal match on Sunday. 

Their compatriots Kim Huber and Karin Kurzbein matched their achievement by winning gold in the women’s competition for their first snow volleyball title to double the delight of the home fans in the Alps.

Catschegn and Hallauer defeated Raphael Zurgilgen and Thomas Helbling 3-0 (14-12, 11-8, 11-5), while Marco Back and Christian Busin won bronze by defeating Poland’s Piotr Groszek and Tomasz Cwiertnia 3-0 (11-9, 11-9, 11-9). 

“We did not expect that at all,” said Catschegn. “We knew that there were some very good players from other countries, like the Polish guys, and they were good indeed. We had to beat them first, so we are very happy with our win here. 

“It is the first time we have played on snow and we were surprised that it felt quite strange, not like sand. However, we played quite well I think, so we are happy with our result. We will definitely come back.”

Huber and Kurzbein had to fight hard to beat the top-seeded Czech duo Anna Dostalova and Michaela Knoblochova 3-2 (11-6, 12-10, 8-11, 11-13, 11-8) in 52 minutes.

“Sometimes it is an advantage to be the underdog,” Kim Huber said. “We were just lucky. We played our best and it’s very nice. Our ambition was to just play well. We started really well, we went two sets ahead and then our knees became a little bit shaky - we did not believe that much in ourselves and then in the fifth set we could win again and we feel awesome.”

The bronze medals went to Germany’s Esther Luft and Sarah Bauer.

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