2018-05-28 11:58:00 CET

M&Ms win home gold

M&Ms win home gold Up-and-coming Austrians take top podium place in home tour opener

Martin (left) and Moritz all smiles during last year's World Championships in ViennaMartin (left) and Moritz all smiles during last year's World Championships in Vienna

Could this be the year that young Austrian duo Martin Ermacora and Moritz Pristauz cause some serious damage on the Beach Volleyball Major Series and FIVB World Tour?

Well, the pair got their summer season off to a flying start by grabbing gold in the opening tour stop of their national tour in Innsbruck over the weekend.

Martin and Moritz, affectionately known as the M&Ms, won in straight sets in Sunday’s final, beating Xandi Huber and Simon Baldauf.

The exciting duo, who burst onto the scene in Klagenfurt in 2016, came into the tournament on home sand after a respectable 17th place finish in the four-star World Tour tournament in Itapema, Brazil.

For 24-year-old Martin, it was an extra special occasion. “Today a childhood dream came true – winning a tournament at home in front of your friends and family is simply amazing!” he wrote on Instagram.

Today a childhood dream came true- winning a tournament at home in front of your family & friends is simply amazing!!! 💛🥇 #bvtep #alfafitness #admiral #generali #replay #redbull #bundesheer #sporttirol #sporthilfe #isseroptik #innsbruckbeachevent

947 Likes, 12 Comments - Martin Ermacora (@martinermacora) on Instagram: "Today a childhood dream came true- winning a tournament at home in front of your family & friends..."

In the women’s gold medal match, Daniela Fankhauser and Katharina Almer took the top prize, defeating Czech pair Nicole Dostalova and Anna Komarkova.

Meanwhile on the World Tour…

There was home joy for Brazilians Vinicius Rezende Costa Freitas and Luciano Ferreira de Paula as the duo won the one-star tournament at Miguel Pereira.

In the women’s tournament, teenagers Beata Vaida and Adriana-Maria Matei made history by becoming the first Romanian team to win a medal on the World Tour.

“We are very happy! This is our first FIVB medal. This was the best tournament for us. We enjoyed playing here, in front of these people,” Adriana Matei said after their historic victory.

“It was very hard to beat a team from Brazil here, but I think the crowd actually helped us a lot,” added Beata. “Although they were cheering for the home team, we liked this atmosphere. It’s amazing and we had a really great time here, in Brazil.

“I think this is really historic for Romanian beach volleyball.”

This week there are two tournaments taking place on the World Tour, a two-star tournament in Jingjiang, China, and a one-star competition in Alanya, Turkey.

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