Composition of women's semis is determined in Vaduz as men's tournament gradually enters deciding stage
CEV Beach Volleyball Challenger & Satellites
Vaduz, Liechtenstein, August 10, 2012. The duos representing the host nation were eliminated from the competition on Friday during the third day of action for the CEV Satellite tournament in Vaduz. The home heroes Manuel Gahr and Maximilian von Deichmann started their campaign at noon and were eventually edged in straight sets (8-21, 11-21) by Germany’s Finn Dittelbach and Steffen Drössler. They returned to the main court in the evening and were cheered by full stands but they lost also their second match, this time to Switzerland’s Alexei Prawdzic and Jonas Weingart, once again 0-2 (16-21, 14-21) thereby ending the tournament there.
As the men’s Main Draw got started on Friday morning, three teams from the Netherlands could win their respective matches, namely Brouwer/Meeuwsen, Oude Elferink/Rademaker and Varenhorst/Stiekema. Swiss guys Kissling/Schnider, Kunert/Moser of Austria, plus the Hoyer brothers from Denmark and Kufa/Hadrava of the Czech Republic also claimed their first match of the Main Draw.
Later on last year’s winners Brouwer/Meeuwsen and Varenhorst/Stiekema extended their winning streak by qualifying for the third round coming up on Saturday where their opponents will be Kufa/Hadrava and Dittelbach/Drössler.
The composition of the women’s semifinals was also determined on Friday. The top seeded teams of the tournament, Bonnerova/Hermannova, Sinnema/Wesselink and Hansel/Jirak all scored wins in the losers’ bracket of the Main Draw being emulated by Mersmann/Tillmann of Germany. In the next round Graessli/Heidrich (SUI) lost to Bieneck/Grossner of Germany who advanced to the semis being joined there by Vodeb/Fabjan of Slovenia. Graessli and Heidrich could find their way to the top four by coming back via the losers’ bracket together with Stiekema/Braakman of the Netherlands.
The competition will resume on Saturday morning with four matches for the losers’ bracket of the men’s tournament while the women’s semis are scheduled for 4 pm, with the final match following under floodlights at 9 pm. The men’s competition will come to a close on Sunday while the weekend will see also the finals of the national competition for the categories U15 and U18. The traditional amateur competition joined by local VIPs is scheduled for Sunday at noon.
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