Barthelemy/Di Giantommaso, Walkenhorst/Winter on upward trend at Kish Island
Alexander Walkenhorst dives to save the ball in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour MICA Mall Kish Island 3-star
Barthelemy/Di Giantommaso outlasted Germany’s Julius Thole/Clemens Wickler 2-1 (16-21, 21-15, 15-10) in the first round after coming up with just one victory in pool play last Wednesday.
Walkenhorst/Winter, on the other hand, completed pool play with a straight-set win against Sweden, then followed it up with an exciting win in the first round against Latvia’s Rihards Finsters and Aleksandrs Solovejs 2-0 (30-28, 21-18).
Barthelemy/Di Giantommaso and Walkenhorst/Winter’s compatriots also made it through the next round. Maxime Thiercy/Arnaud Gauthier-Rat rallied from a set down to overcome USA’s Williams Kolinske/Miles Evans 2-1 (18-21, 21-19, 15-6), while Nils Ehlers/Lorenz Schumann defeated Finland’s Jyrki Nurminen/Santeri Siren 2-1 (23-25, 21-19, 15-13).
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Cristophe Dressler/Robin Seidl and Martin Ermacora/Moritz Pristauz bannered the Austrian side by beating Ukraine’s Sergiy Popov/Vladyslav Iemelianchyk 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) and Qatar’s Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan 2-1 (16-21, 21-17, 15-13), respectively.
Latvia’s Haralds Regza/Kristaps Smits and the Netherlands’ Dirk Boehle/Steven van de Velde completed the second round grid, following their respective victories over Slovenia’s Nejc Zemljak/Danijel Pokersnik 2-1 (14-21, 21-15, 15-13) and Norway’s Mathias Berntsen/Hendrik Nikolai Mol 2-0 (21-19, 21-17).
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