2018-07-01 21:56:00 CET
The team dominated the eighth stop of their National Tour in Groningnen
World Tour regulars Christiaan Varenhorst and Jasper Bouter enjoyed a weekend of national glory as the duo won the eighth stop of the Dutch Beach Volleyball Tour in Groningen. Marloes Wesselink and Sophie van Gestel prevailed in the women’s tournament.
Varenhorst and Bouter entered the tournament in the quarterfinals and won three straight matches to claim gold in Groningnen. In the final, they upset Dirk Boehlé and Steve van de Velde in three sets (21-18, 24-26, 15-9). Kjeld Broekema and Erik van der Schaaf captured bronze after a straight-set (21-18, 21-18) triumph over Stefan Boermans and Casper Haanapel.
In the women’s tournament, World Tour veterans Wesselink and van Gestel, who combine for 142 international appearances, finished on top after a 2-0 (21-19, 21-18) victory over Emi van Driel and Raisa Schoon. The result granted them the country’s final wildcard for the 2018 edition of the European Championships, which will take place in two weeks.
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Mexime van Driel and Flore Gravesteijn filled the third and final spot on the podium after they downed Katja Stam and Pleun Ypma in two sets (21-16, 21-17) in the bronze medal match.
Second title for Mersmann/Tillman and Harms/Bergmann in Germany
In the German Tour, the teams of Teresa Mersmann/Cinja Tillmann and Philipp Arne Bergmann/Yannick Harms confirmed their good form by winning their second titles in the national season in Nürnberg, the city that hosted the fourth stop of the year.
Mersmann and Tillmann came out on top in the women’s tournament with a 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) victory over Olympic and world champion Kira Walkenhorst and her temporary partner Leonie Körtzinger in the final. Kira spared her right shoulder, which was recentrly operated, by underserving and spiking with her left hand. Anna Behlen and Sarah Schneider triumphed in the bronze medal match with a 2-1 (21-19, 21-23, 15-8) victory over Sabrina Karnbaum and Natascha Niemczyk.
In the men’s event, Bergmann and Harms defeated Alexander Walkenhorst, Kira’s older brother, and Sven Winter in a three-set battle (15-21, 21-19, 15-8) to claim gold. Paul Becker and Jonas Schröder finished third after they took Peter Wolf and Georg Wolf down in the two-set (21-14, 21-16) bronze medal match.
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Slovenians triumph in Austria
The Austrian Tour had an outside team topping the podium in the men-only event in Fürstenfeld as Slovenians Jan Pokersnik and Nejc Zemljak were the winners.
The Slovenian tandem defeated the home team of Thomas Kunert and Philipp Waller in two sets (21-15, 21-16) in the gold medal match. Austrians Maximilian Trummer and Felix Friedl finished third after a straight-set (21-14, 31-29) win over Brazilians Marcio Gaudie and Arthur Lanci.
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