Greeks brave two tie-break hurdles
Greek brothers Vasileios and Angelos Mandilaris claimed double tie-break victories in the qualification round of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Anapa Open
The Mandilaris brothers edged newly crowned U20 European champions Dmitrii Veretiuk/Denis Shekunov of Russia in three sets. The Greek siblings came from behind and a three-point deficit to win 22-20 in the first set, then their rivals levelled the match with a 21-17 win in the second frame. However, the Greeks proved stronger in the tie-break and closed the match at 15-12.
In the first round, they rallied from a set down to win against Kazakhstan’s Pavel Aleinik/Artem Petrossyants 2-1 (19-21, 21-16, 15-12).
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The men’s qualification round started with Italy’s Francesco Vanni/Daniele Di Stefano claiming a 2-0 (21-14, 21-13) victory over Kazakhstan’s Yegor Dimitriyev/Yerlan Yelubayev, but failed to maintain their winning momentum against China’s Li Zhuoxin/Zhou Chaowei, who claimed the last spot available in the main draw with a 2-0 (22-20, 21-19) triumph.
Austria’s Florian Ertl and Mathias Seiser routed Russia’s Artur Salmanov/Anton Saraev 2-0 (23-21, 21-14), while Pavel Shustrov/Danila Ivanov avenged their compatriots’ loss with a 2-1 (21-16, 15-21, 16-14) win over Hungary’s Balazs Benko/Botond Olah.
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