2018-07-14 18:02:00 CET

Germany and Canada world University champions

Dan John/Eric Stadie and Megan Mcnamara/Nicole McNamara prevailed in the ninth edition of the tournament

The medal winners of the World University Championships in Munich (Photocredit: FISU)The medal winners of the World University Championships in Munich (Photocredit: FISU)

Beach volleyball teams from 29 countries, including several World Tour regulars, gathered this week in Munich, Germany, to compete in the ninth edition of the World University Beach Volleyball Championships. Teams from Germany and Canada came out on top as Dan John/Eric Stadie and Megan Mcnamara/Nicole McNamara took the gold medals home.

In the men’s tournament, John and Stadie won the all-German final against the Poniewaz twins David and Bennet in straight sets (21-17, 21-19). Switzerland’s Florian Breer and Yves Haussener finished third after they defeated Austrians Felix Friedl and Maximilian Trummer 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-9) in the bronze medal match.

“It was so much fun to play in the Olympic Park in front of this amazing audience,” Stadie said. “From the sporting point of view we learned a lot. The fact that we were able to win the gold medal is just great.”

If the German twins had to settle for silver, the Mcnamaras got one step further as they topped the podium among the women with a three-set (21-14, 18-21, 15-10) triumph over Spain’s Belén Carro and Paula Soria. Americans Emily Sonny and Torrey Van Widden claimed bronze as they took down Switzerland’s Zoé Vergé-Dépré, the younger sister of the Beach Major Series star Anouk, and Esmée Böbner in two sets (21-19, 21-16).

World University Champions! Such a great week here in Munich 🥇 Now off to China for an FIVB 3 ⭐️

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