Luxembourg women and Liechtenstein men to battle Cyprus for beach gold at GSSE
Luxembourg, June 1, 2013. Cyprus and Luxembourg will face each other in the women’s beach volleyball final at the 15th edition of the Games of the Small States of Europe taking place in Luxembourg. They defeated Liechtenstein and Malta respectively in Friday’s semi finals and will battle for gold on Saturday. Although the men’s competition is played as a single round robin, a de facto final has also emerged on Saturday’s schedule as Cyprus and Liechtenstein stayed unbeaten before they meet each other in quest for the crown.
The women of Monaco and Andorra were the first to take on the sand court at d’Coque on Friday afternoon. In this 5th place classification match Camille Orengo / Magali Muratore from the Mediterranean coast were merciless in the first set to win it by 21-4. However, Andorra’s Julia Gonzales / Laura Garcia Aguirre put up a real battle in the second set, but only to lose in overtime – 23-25. Then Mariola Angelopoulu / Manolina Konstantinou from Cyprus knocked out Liechtenstein’s Petra Walser-Schifferle / Lena Vogrin by 2:0 (21-9, 21-17) for 31 minutes in the first semi final. The second duel for a place in the final was the most exciting match of the day. Norma Zambon / Anne Grethen from Luxembourg enjoyed the support of 600 fans on the stands as they overpowered Malta’s Gertrude Zarb / Alison Borg in an interesting 43-minute three-setter – 2:1 (21-17, 16-21, 15-11). Saturday will see the bronze medal match between Liechtenstein and Malta, followed by the grand finale between Luxembourg and Cyprus.
On the men’s side Cyprus eliminated Luxembourg from gold medal contention. Dimitris Apostolou / Vladimir Knezevi disappointed the home crowd by shutting out Ben Angelsberg / Djamel Belhaouci 2:0 (21-17, 21-14) in 35 minutes. Then Liechtenstein’s Manuel Gahr / Maximilian Von Deichmann made sure they also stick to the winning path. They made use of a total of 8 aces to crush Iceland’s Ragin Eiriksson / Emil Gunnarsson by 2:0 (21-10, 21-7) in only 26 minutes. Andorra stayed in contention for the bronze medals as it defeated Monaco by 2:0 (21-17, 21-14). Xavier Folguera Estruga / G.Casiano Da Silva Prado took 34 minutes to overcome the resistance of Frederic Ristorto / Frederic Waltz. So on the last day of competition Cyprus will face Liechtenstein for the title, Andorra will try to snatch the bronze by beating Luxembourg while the fifth place will be decided in the encounter between Monaco and Iceland.
For further information about the Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) see www.flvb.lu and www.luxembourg2013.lu.