Shekunov and Veretiuk progress to U21 World Championship main draw
Russia's Denis Shekunov and Dmitrii Veretiuk triumphed in three rounds of qualification to clinch a spot in the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 Men's World Championship
The Russian pair dominated against Romania’s Cristian Maier and Sergiu-Octavian Rodina 2-0 (21-13, 21-9) then prevailed with a three-set win against Switzerland’s Jonathan Jordan and Immanuel Zurcher 2-1 (17-21, 21-12, 15-10). In their third match, they managed to close their encounter with the United States’ John Schwengel and Jacob Titus 2-0 (21-19, 21-17).
Austria’s Arwin Kopschar and Paul Pascariuc started their qualification quest in the second round with a 2-0 (23-21, 21-18) win over Australia’s Jarrah Brownhill and Ky Landers then secured their place in the main draw with a 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) win over England’s Joaquin and Javier Bello.
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Joining Shekunov/Veretiuk and Kopschar/Pascariuc in the main draw from the qualifiers are two German pairs – Rudy Schneider/Filip John and Lukas Pfretzschner/Robin Sowa – who had similar results in two rounds of play.
Schneider and John prevailed in a tiebreaker against Oman’s Almandhar Al Mezeini and Majid Alshibili in the second round before they clinched the spot in the main draw with a straight-set win against Latvia’s Rinalds Aispurs and Ardis Bedritis.
Pfretzschner and Sowa endured their tie-break encounter with Brazil’s Lyan De Paulo and Gabriel Zuliani, then swept Frantisek Knobloch and Martin Melmuka in the third round.
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