Holwick and Semmler take German title
Holtwick and Semmler went all out for the title right from the start of the first set, quickly building an 8-3 lead and finishing 21-12. Banck and Walkenhorst fought back in the second, and neither team was able to settle in. It was 18-18 when Semmler secured her team two match points at 20-18, then finally ended the game with a block on the fourth match point to win 23-21.
“I am proud of my partner,” said Semmler. “She has played well and it is especially nice that after this successful season to win the title. For me it is the number one.”
“It was beautiful playing here,” said Holtwick. “And the best part is that we did it together. I would like to tell Ilka ‘thank you’ – it was not easy, our expectations were high and today we did not play our best, but we helped each other and won together.”
This is Holtwick and Semmler’s second German title of their career, having won in 2009. Throughout the tournament the new German champions only gave up one set, in the quarterfinals against Karla Borger and Britta Büthe.
Teresa Mersmann and Cinja Tillmann were the tenth seeds in this, their second German smart beach volleyball championships. The two youngsters from Münster got their biggest win of the season, taking bronze. They beat the heavily-favoured Jana Kohler and Anni Schumacher 2-0 (21-19, 21-18) after a heroic effort in the semifinals against eventual winners Holtwick and Semmler in which they finally ceded the second set 37:39.
“Our biggest dream was to be fifth,” said Tillmann. “Getting to the semifinal against Holtwick and Semmler was a bonus, and therefore we were not depressed that we have lost. Yesterday I lay awake half the night, because it was clear, this would be a special day.”