Myskiv/Samoday and Bourne/Crabb in final duel for Qinzhou gold
Russia's Taras Myskiv and Valeriy Samoday had great teamwork to endure the tough three matches that led to their entry to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 3-star final
The Russians and the Americans both endured the three-match hurdles lined-up for the day to reach the Qinzhou men’s final.
Myskiv and Samoday came all the way from the qualification round and had a great winning run in the competition. On Wednesday, they prevailed in two tiebreakers before their straight-set (21-18, 21-14) semifinal finish against Australia’s Cole Durant and Damien Schumann.
“It was our third game for today and we are really tired, but I am happy that we are in the final,” Myskiv said. “It’s been a good year for me, but this is only my second 3-star tournament.
“My first tournament was in Haiyang and we lost in qualification, but now I am so happy to be in the final in Qinzhou.”
“All matches were very hard that is why it was extra special for us,” Samoday added. “All of it were interesting and amazing.”
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Bourne and Crabb kept a steady performance after losing to Myskiv and Samoday in the group stage. They managed to win their next three matches in straight sets until they secured the final spot with another straight-set (21-17, 25-23) victory against Belgium’s Dries Koekelkoren and Tom van Walle in the semifinals.
The bronze medal match between Durant/Schumann and Koekelkoren/van Walle is scheduled at 13.00 local time, while the gold medal match will be at 14.00.
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