U23 world champions Kosak and Rudol claim CEV Beach Volleyball Satellite Lausanne
In the first game of the last competition day, the pre-tournament favourites, starring Sebastien Chevallier and Alexei Strasser from Switzerland, lost against the eventual gold medalists, even if they had beaten them before in the tournament. Kosiak/Rudol won this semifinal 3-1 (15-13, 10-15, 15-11, 15-11).
"The Polish team played at a very high level this morning and we were not concentrated enough," Sebastien Chevallier explained. "However, we are delighted with this third place as we are highly satisfied with our performance versus the powerful Italians," he concluded, speaking about the bronze medal match against Matteo Cecchini/Matteo Martino, which the Swiss pair won 3-0 (15-6, 15-11, 15-9).
Before that, the Italians had lost their semifinal match to the Germans by 1-3 (14-16, 15-12, 13-15, 19-21).
Among the top four teams in the final ranking, three duos came through the qualifications, demonstrating the increasing competition in European beach volleyball.
The public came in numbers to the tournament, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary, and the sun also made an appearance for the two finals. The spectators created an atmosphere worthy of the biggest beach volleyball tournaments, thanks to the show delivered by the players but also by the organisers.
Tournament Director Pierre-Andre Leuenberger expressed his delight: "We benefitted from exceptional conditions this year in terms of the weather. But the game level is also high and the public is here. Our local team, the top seeds Chevallier / Strasser, made it beautifully onto the podium, confirming the great work they have been doing throughout the year."