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Germany, Italy and France book first tickets to Nanjing

Germany's girls were the very first European team to qualify for Youth Olympic beach volleyball in history

Antalya, Turkey, May 17, 2014 - Germany, Italy and France emerged victorious in the decisive second round matches of the women's 2014 CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final in Antalya, belonging to the first batch of qualified teams to the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

Germany’s Sarah Schneider and Leonie Welsch rallied to a straight-set (21-12, 21-14) win against Ukraine’s Dar'ya Udovenko and Alina Demidova.

“It is an amazing opportunity for us to compete in the Youth Olympic Games,” Schneider exclaimed. “It will be crazy.  We can improve our game by learning from other countries outside of Europe such as Brazil and China.”

“It will be a great experience to play in the Youth Olympic Games,” Welsch agreed. “I have never played there. We will be very motivated. I am really looking forward to playing in China.”

Italy’s Irene Enzo and Michela Lantignotti, seeded at #18, upset the third-seeded Latvians Tina Graudina / Anastasija Kravcenoka in two well-contested sets by 2-0 (21-19, 22-20), shaped up after 40 minutes of play time.

“We are really happy to qualify for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games,” excited Irene Enzo said.  “We did our best in this tournament.  We will learn something new about our level against strong teams in China.”

“It was a really hard game,” commented Michela Lantignotti.  “We spent all of our energy on the court.  Going to China will be a great experience and we are very happy.”

Helena Cazaute / Aline Chamereau from France also managed a straight-set victory.  In 34 minutes they shut out Lithuania’s Simona Vaiciukynaite / Urte Andriukaityte by 2-0 (21-17, 21-18).

“It is really crazy to qualify for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games,” emotional Helena Cazaute said.  “The last game was very difficult as always. We started nervous, but point by point we gained our confidence back and played better.”

“It is a great opportunity for us to feel the spirit of the Olympics,” Aline Chamereau added.  “We can improve our game by playing such an important tournament.”

Three more tickets to Nanjing will be issued by the second set of matches in the women’s second elimination round.

Click here for photos and more detailed information on the women’s 2014 CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final.

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