Laboureur and Sude shatter Swiss dreams
Unfortunately, there was no Swiss party at the end of the women’s tournament as home heroines Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré lost the final to Germany’s Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude (13-21, 15-21). By making the last stage of the competition, however, the two teams had already claimed one spot each for their respective countries to join the line-up of the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in the Netherlands.
The first game on the schedule was the bronze medal match starring Slovakia’s Natalia Dubovcova and Dominika Nestarcova versus Monika Brzostek/Kinga Kolosinska of Poland. The Slovakian women had traveled to Biel/Bienne after winning two bronze medals on this year’s FIVB World Tour – at Stavanger and Long Beach – and so the crowd in the stands could expect an exciting game. The two teams didn’t disappoint the local fans and lived up to their high expectations: the game remained tight from start to end. As the Polish were able to tie the game in the second set, the match had to be decided in a tie-break. The Slovakian favourites were only able to prevail over Brzostek/Kolosinska after an hour of play, seizing the tie-break by the score of 15-11 and securing their first medal – as well as the first podium finish for their country – in a CEV Masters tournament.
The women’s gold medal match was expected to be the real highlight of the day for the home audience, however; Swiss heroines Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Depré faced Germany’s Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude in the final act of the tournament. The hosts, however, were not able to meet the high expectations of their home crowd and committed too many unforced errors and could not profit from their own side-outs. On the other hand, Sude and Laboureur played very efficiently and cold-bloodedly. As a consequence, the Germans won the gold medal match with a speedy 2-0 (21-13, 21-15).
Swiss home star Anouk Vergé-Dépré was on the verge of tears after the final whistle: “We wanted to give something back to the audience. The fans in the stands were incredible and I’m just sad that we weren’t able to win this gold medal, but we didn’t deserve it – we committed too many errors.”
“As we live in Friedrichshafen on the shores of Lake Constance, we felt like at home here in Biel/Bienne. It’s always amazing to win a tournament, but this time even more because we claimed a spot for our country in the 2015 FIVB World Championships coming up next year in The Hague,” an elated Julia Sude commented.