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09/06/2013 19:00
Czech and German pairs win inaugural Montpellier Satellite
2013 CEV Beach Volleyball Satellite - Montpellier

Montpellier, France, June 9, 2013. The inaugural CEV Satellite tournament in Montpellier came to a close on Sunday afternoon with Robert Kufa/Jan Hadrava (CZE) and Teresa Mersmann/Julia Grossner (GER) standing on top of the podium. The last acts of the event lived up to all expectations and provided the fans in Montpellier with exciting matches and world-class actions.
Mersmann/Grossner seized the day in the women’s tournament as they edged Tanja Goricanec and Muriel Graessli (SUI) in straight sets (11-6, 11-9, and 11-5). Germany could add also the bronze medal to their account as Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude got past Zara Dampney and Lucy Boulton of England 3-1 in the classification match (8-11, 15-13, 11-7, and 11-6).  

The home heroes Yannick Salvetti and Jean-Baptiste Daguerre had to be content with fourth place at the end of a nevertheless memorable campaign. They first lost in the semis (1-3) to Turkey’s Murat Giginoglu and Selcuk Sekerci before they were edged by Germany’s Markus Böckermann and Mischa Urbatzka in the bronze medal game (8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, and 9-11). In the final match Robert Kufa and Jan Hadrava of the Czech Republic got past Murat Giginoglu and Selcuk Sekerci of Turkey 3-1 (8-11, 11-8, 11-7, and 11-9).

These games did draw the line on five days of great actions for a tournament where an innovative scoring system – with matches played in a “best of five” format and with each set up to 11 points – was tested for the first time.  

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