FIVB VolleyWorld 11/2013 - English - page 14

Porto puts on show for young pretenders
The FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships are a vital
step in the development of players at it provides them with
a first taste of international competition and the chance to
mix with fellow athletes from around the world.
looks back on how the 2013 edition unfolded.
Porto’s hosting of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19World Championships
for the second time signalled Portugal’s return to the beach volleyball
world stage and this time it was German and Brazilians teams who
left with the gold medals.
In the boy’s tournament German duo Moritz Reichert and Clemens
Wickler beat their fellow Europeans Bjarne Nikolai Huus and Christian
Sandlie Sorum from Norway 2-0 (21-16, 21-17) in the gold-medal
match and in doing so became the third German team to claim gold
at the U19 World Championship level.
Taina Silva Bigi was one half of the winning pair in the girls’ competition
“We just started well from the beginning and made our points,”
Reichert said. “Clemens did some great defence. We played like a
team and that was the key to us winning here.”
The girl’s gold went to 14-year-old Eduarda Santos Lisboa and her
partner Taina Silva Bigi, who is three years her senior. For Santos
Lisboa is was her second age-group final of the year after she had
won silver at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships
with Thais Rodrigues Ferreira only a few weeks previously.
Like their male counterparts they didn’t wait around to win gold and
wrapped up a 2-0 (21-12, 21-16) win over Russia’s Anna Gorbunova
and Nadezda Makroguzova in 29 minutes.
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