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Holler and Schroder aiming to repeat 2014 fairy tale

Schroder (left) and Holler went from the qualifiers to the top of the podium in 2014
Doha, Qatar, November 8, 2015 – Tim Holler and Jonas Schroder will be out to repeat their heroics of last year when the 2015 Qatar Open begins on Monday. 

The tournament is the final Open of 2015 and the last World Tour tournament of the year. It is the second time that the Qatari capital has hosted the tournament and it will run from November 9-13. 

In 2014 the German pair won their only gold medal of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour after they went from the qualifiers all the way to the top of the podium having defeated Canada’s Joshua Binstock and Sam Schachter in the gold medal match. 

Since then their best result was a quarterfinal finish at the Antalya Open in Turkey and this year they have been put straight in the main draw. 

Standing in their way are the formidable pairing of former Olympic champion Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, who will aim to continue the strong start to their partnership.

The American duo teamed up earlier in 2015 and have already enjoyed some notable success on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. 

They began with silver at the Long Beach Grand Slam, added another silver at the Sochi Open and then won their first gold together at the Xiamen Open. Since then the Americans have won silver at the World Tour Finals and another gold at the Puerto Vallarta Open. 

Adrian Carambula and Alex Ranghieri are likely to push them hard for the right to top the podium. The Italians have enjoyed a stellar 2015 season and they go into the tournament in great form having won gold at the most recent tournament, the Antalya Open. 

Another podium finish would cap the duo’s breakthrough year which also saw Ranghieri win gold at the inaugural Lucerne Open in May with Marco Caminati. 

Edouard Rowlandson and Youssef Krou will aim to add to the bronze medals that they won in 2014. The French pair have not yet enjoyed the same consistency that they enjoyed last year, but they will be aiming to end the year as they started it, with a place on the podium having won bronze on the season opening Fuzhou Open in China. 

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