Beach volleyball competition comes to an end in Kazan
Kazan, Russia, July 17, 2013 – Poland, Germany and Russia took the podium in the men’s and women’s beach volleyball competitions at the Universiade Games in Kazan.
In the men’s competition, Poland’s Kadziola/Szalankiewic beat Dollinger/Schroeder of Germany 2-1 (21-15, 17-21, 15-12) to take the gold medal while Semenov/Koshkarev took the bronze medal for Russia.
The country line-up was similar in the women’s competition with Russia’s Khomiakova/Ukolova beating Poland’s Brzostek/Kolosinska 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) for gold and Germany’s Laboureur/Sude taking bronze.
Last Friday, six of the day’s beach volleyball matches involved the host nation and the excitement of the onlookers went a long way in creating the ambience of the event.
“It was tough,” USA’s Tri Bourne said of the fanatical support received by their opponents, who managed to beat the Americans in straight sets. “Everything was going their way, and we couldn’t adjust.”
The volume in the stadium soared in the game straight after, where local duo Ekaterina Khomiakova and Evgeniva Ukolova overcame Canada en route to the evening’s final, beating Poland in straight sets to win Universiade gold.
About the Summer Universiade
The Summer Universiade is an international multi-sport event that takes place every two years and is second only to the Olympic Games in the number of participating athletes and countries. The Universiade is open to competitors who are at least 17 and less than 28 years of age as of January 1 in the year of the Games. Participants must be full-time students at a post-secondary institution (university, college, CEGEP) or have graduated from a post-secondary institution in the year preceding the event.