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Huber sets new targets with Petutschnig

Alexander Huber keeps the ball in play at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 12, 2017 – Alexander Huber of Austria is starting a new journey with 24-year-old Lorenz Petutschnig, after a seven-year partnership with Robin Seidl that concluded with a ninth place finish at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“I like the attitude of Lorenz,” Huber told the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series website. “He is extremely ambitious, a fighter, and willing to put everything behind for beach volleyball.” Huber sees a big potential in the European U20 champion, who also reached fourth place at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Moscow Grand Slam in 2013 with Alexander Horst.

“He (Petutschnig) is already doing things right - all these little things in beach volleyball that are difficult to learn. So the rest will come easily.”

The new partnership encountered a bit of a delay as Petutschnig had a shoulder injury. The duo only started their first training session in March.

“I played with pain and did not practice much last season,” said Petutschnig, who decided to undergo surgery before Huber’s invitation came.

“I felt really honoured that he asked me and kept his faith in me in times of uncertainty related to my physical condition. That was the motivation I needed to work really hard in rehabilitation.”

Huber/Petutschnig’s coaching staff are working extra hard to get the two in shape for the upcoming FIVB events.

“At the moment we are on the right track to be in good shape for the Xiamen 3-Star and the Rio 4-Star,” assistant coach and brother Hansi Huber said.