to have already competed on the World Tour and by the season’s end
he had two gold medals to his name, from the Berlin and Xiamen
Grand Slams. Petutschnig and Winter meanwhile recovered from
their semifinal exertions to win the bronze medals with a 2-0 (21-17,
21-19) win over Latvia’s Rihards Finsters and Aleksandrs Solovejs.
Bieneck and Schneider were pushed hard by Brazil duo Eduarda
Santos Lisbao and Thais Rodrigues Ferreira in the women’s final.
Although the Brazilians won the first set, Bieneck and Schneider dug
in and won 2-1 (19-21, 21-12, 15-13). The Germans had gone about
reaching the final in a quiet and understated way, but stayed strong
when it truly mattered.
The fourth seeds had gone about reaching the final in a quiet and
understated way, but stayed strong when it truly mattered.
“I think that wasn’t our best game, but it was a final and everybody
wants to win,” Bieneck said. “It was a long tournament and we are
feeling it in our legs, but of course we are happy that we won.”
FIVB BEACH VOLLEYBALL U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Women’s (June 5 to 9, 2013)
Victoria Bieneck/Isabell Schneider (GER)
Eduarda Santos Lisbao/Thais Rodrigues Ferreira (BRA)
Melissa Humana-Paredes/Taylor Pischke (CAN)
Men’s (June 5 to 9, 2013 )
Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak (POL)
Vitor Goncalves Felipe/Marcio Guadie Ley (BRA)
Lorenz Petutschnig/Tobias Winter (AUT)
“The first set we didn’t play as well as we could and I knew that if we
improved we could win,” Schneider added. “We came back after we
tried some new ideas. The tie-break then is just a fight.”
At 14, Santos Lisbao was the youngest player in the tournament. But
alongside the 22-year-old Rodrigues Ferreira signalled her potential
that later in the year allowed her to return victorious from the FIVB
Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships.
Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes and Taylor Pischke won the bronze
medal with a 2-1 (19-21, 21-15, 16-14) win over the Czech Republic’s
Eliska Galova and Adela Machova. It was a remarkable victory for the
duo who were playing in only their first tournament together and
spend most of the year in different parts cities due to their studies.
“It was a really, really good game and they played really, really well
and we played really, really well and it came down to withstanding the
pressure and the heat,” Humana-Paredes said. “The first set didn’t go
our way, but we came back strong.”
Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider claimed gold at the inaugural
women’s FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championship
Bartosz Losiak (left) and Piotr Kantor ended with yet another gold to add
to their collection