09.08.2020 - Vienna, Austria
The final match of the 2020 Norwegian Championship reunited three members of the Beach Volley Vikings clan and it was Hendrik Mol who had the last laugh as the 26-year-old blocker became a back-to-back national champion in Oslo.
With Anders Mol sidelined due to a quad injury, Christian Sørum picked up Hendrik’s regular partner, Mathias Berntsen to be by his side during the tournament in Oslo. Hendrik, then, turned to Svein Solhaug for that event.
After three days of competition, the teams met in the final in the Norwegian capital and Henrik and Svein reacted after a slow start to come from behind and beat Christian and Mathias 13-21, 22-20, 15-8 and claim the title.
“The conditions here were perfect and it was very nice to play with Svein,” Hendrik explained. “Luckily we recovered from a terrible start in the first set to win the next two.”
Hedrik and Anders’ younger brother Markus secured the bronze medal with partner Nils Ringøen.
The women’s tournament was won by Ane Hjortland and Sunniva Helland-Hansen, who defeated Frida Berntsen and Birgitte Maaseide 21-16, 21-16.
Krou/Rowlandson and Placette/Richard crowned French champions
The weekend also featured National Championships in France with the teams of Youssef Krou/Edouard Rowlandson and Alexia Richard/Lezana Placette topping the podium in Dunkirk.
Krou and Rowlandson beat French rivals Quincy Aye and Arnaud Gauthier-Rat 21-16, 21-18 to dethrone the defending champions and win their first national titles.
“It was our first tournament since November, so it was fantastic to win it,” Krou commented. “We built a good lead in the first set and kept it until the end, but in the second they came back. Our blocking and defense worked well and we managed to win it.”
The women’s final saw Placette, 22, and Richard, 24, defeat the reigning champion Laura Longuet and her partner Ophelie Lusson also in two sets (21-17, 21-17). The team also won its first national title after finishing second in 2015.
“We didn’t start the tournament well, but we improved each day,” Richard added. “I see this victory as a reward for us. Even though we were very young in 2015 it was a tough loss for us at the time.”