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Austrians eye Brazilian scalp and first place in pool

Alexander Horst will need to be at his best against Ricardo and Alvaro
Stare Jablonki, Poland, July 3, 2013 – Austrian pair Alexander Horst and Clemens Doppler have their eyes on a major scalp and first place in their pool when play resumes in the men’s competition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Mazury 2013 on Thursday.

However, they will need to be at their best to beat former world champion Ricardo Santos and his current partner Alvaro Filho. 

Both teams have won their two matches so far and it is the Austrians who sit narrowly ahead of the Brazilians on top of Pool K.

Another team that is aiming to close out pool play unbeaten are Poland’s Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak. The pair recently won the FIVB U23 Beach Volleyball World Championships and also won gold at U19 and U21 level. 

While few are tipping them to add the senior world title this year, a win over Russia’s Serguei Prokopiev and Yury Bogatov to would make their rivals sit up and start to take notice. 

Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo have been less in demand than Kantor and Losiak, but if they can get past Germany’s Sebastian Fuchs and Thomas Kaczmarek then they will have succeeded in their first aim and topped their pool. 

The men’s competition continues on Thursday with another round of pool play. After the final round on Thursday 32 teams, the first and second ranked in each pool and the top eight third ranked teams, advance to the elimination phase. The semifinals and medal matches are scheduled for Sunday. The women’s competition is one day ahead and concludes on Saturday.

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