FIVB VolleyWorld 11/2013 - English - page 16

Golden days for Brazilian and Polish pairs
under Croatian sun
Umag was once again awarded hosting rights to an FIVB
age-group tournament, this time the FIVB Beach Volleyball
U21 World Championship, after it had successfully hosted
the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championship in 2011.
VolleyWorld
looks back on all the action from the Croatian
coast.
If the age-group World Championships are about opening up a
pathway to future teams and offering opportunities to developing
countries, then the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championship
in 2013 showed that the growth of the sport is likely to continue
apace in the coming years as new teams step up to the FIVB Beach
Volleyball World Tour.
Five different countries were represented on the podium, with only
Poland enjoying success in both the men’s and women’s competition.
For once it was Poland’s women who enjoyed gold-medal success
at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championship after strong
performances by their men in recent years when Katarzyna Kociolek
and Jagoda Gruszscynska claimed gold with a 2-0 (22-20, 23-21) win
over Germany’s Anika Krebs and Jelena Wlk.
For Kociolek it was her second Umag gold after she finished first at
the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championship with Karolina
Baran in 2011. Kociolek and Gruszczynska also beat the Germans for
the second time in a final; in 2012 they took gold at the CEV U20
European Championships.
“I just can’t believe we won this second set,” Kociolek said. “I felt so
hopeless and made so many mistakes. But it doesn’t matter, we won.
I am so glad we finally started to play at the end of the set.”
Austria’s Katharina Schutzenhofer and Lena Plesiutschnig won the
bronze medal after a dominant 2-0 (21-15, 21-13) win over Paula
Soria and Raquel Brun from Spain.
“I am glad we made it because our bodies are drained and we are
exhausted right now,” said Schutzenhofer.
In the men’s final Brazil’s Gustavo Carvalhaes and Allison Cittadin
needed only two sets to beat Canada’s Grant O’Gorman and Aaron
Nusbaum to win gold with a 2-0 (21-12, 23-21) victory.
It was the Brazilian’s second victory over the Canadians after they
had met in pool play. Gustavo then went onto win the ‘Most
Valuable Player’ award.
“He is the best defender in this championship,” Allison said about
his partner. “He is the best partner in the world and also my best
friend. I am very happy with this gold medal. We have worked very
hard for this.
“Right now I want to celebrate this gold medal and enjoy the
moment. This is a unique moment in my career. Next year I
will be 21 and after this event we will focus on the U23 World
Championships.”
Poland’s Maciej Kosiak and Maciej Rudol defeated Russia’s Maxim
Zhirkov and Ostap Firsov 2-0 (21-19 21-19) to win the men’s bronze
medal.
“It was a very hard and disappointing match,” Rudol said. “It was
hard to get motivated for this match, but we did it.”
FIVB BEACH VOLLEYBALL U21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
UMAG, CROATIA
Women’s (June 19 to 23, 2013)
GOLD
Katarzyna Kociolek/Jagoda Gruszscynska (POL)
SILVER
Anika Krebs/Jelena Wlk (GER)
BRONZE
Katharina Schutzenhofer/ Lena Plesiutschnig (AUT)
Men’s (June 19 to 23, 2013)
GOLD
Gustavo Carvalhaes/Allison Cittadin (BRA)
SILVER
Grant O’Gorman/Aaron Nusbaum (CAN)
BRONZE
Maciej Kosiak/Maciej Rudol (POL)
FEATURE 4
FIVB BEACH VOLLEYBALL
U21 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
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