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Eric Stadie - Team GER 2

German Beach Volleyball players start into WUBC

The German beach volleyball men’s teams started confidently with four wins into the FISU World University Beach Volleyball Championship (WUBC) on Monday. Both teams convinced in both of their matches. The two women's teams however were only able to win one of their four matches.

Bennet and David Poniewaz won the opening match against the Saudi Arabian team Alkhawaher Dhia and Mahfouz Ali at the Center Court, which was built especially for the WUBC. The twins from Kiel played a confident first match. Accordingly, the Poniewaz brothers won the first set 21: 9. In the second set, the team from Saudi Arabia, who normally only plays indoor volleyball, was getting better, but still not good enough. The second set was won by the Germans 21:15 which led to a total win of 2:0 in sets.

The second match of the day was played by Dan John (Tübingen) and Eric Stadie (Berlin). They defeated the Americans Jonathan Justice and Adam Wienckowski. Especially in the block John / Stadie were superior to the Americans. The US-Team Justice and Wienckowski tried to play around the block with cuts and line-shots. Still, that was not enough to dissuade the German duo from their success. The second set was again won by John and Stadie.

After their confident opening win, Bennet and David Poniewaz achieved another win against the Belarusian team in the afternoon. With 21:14 in the first set and 21:15 in the second set, the beach volleyball players Dzmitry Abramenka and Pavel Piatrushka were defeated 2:0 in sets. “We found our rhythm only in the second match,” the brothers explained after the match. “Especially playing on the center court makes a lot of fun. The DJ and the moderator are just awesome!"

Dan John and Eric Stadie again managed to win with 2:0 against the Japanese team Mao Harada and Shibata Daisuke. The first set ended with 21:15. The German team, who had trained together for the first time on Sunday, also won the second set 21:17. "Although Asian teams are usually physically not superior, they are often strong in defense," John and Stadie agreed. Still they were happy about their win. Their aim for the next day is to increase their strengths throughout the tournament.

Leonie Körtzinger (Hamburg) and Leonie Klinke (Stuttgart), one of German’s women’s teams, suffered a defeat in their first match. In a three-set thriller they lost against the US-Americans Claire Coppola and Kristen Nuss. After a strong start, the Americans took the lead to 9: 8. Coppola and Nuss followed up well on the defense of the German duo. The result: The first set was lost 17:21. In the second set, Körtzinger / Klinke managed to win 21:16. In the crucial third set, the close game continued. In the end, the good defensive work of the Americans made the difference. In the newly assembled German team, the coordination was not always ideal. They lost the third set 11:15.

In their second game against the Cypriots Manolina Konstantinou and Zoi Konstantopoulou, it was again very close in the end but ultimately lost 0:2. In an exciting match, the two Germans lost the first set 23:25 after Blocking two set balls. In the second set, the two Leonies quickly took the lead and did not relinquish it. In the tie-break, however, they were beaten 13:15. Manuel Lohmann, Technical Delegate of the German teams, explained the difficulty of the group. According to him, both games could have been won and were narrowly lost. "It's not easy for the head, but tomorrow the female German beach volleyball players have to deliver," concludes Lohmann.

The German ladies Julika Hoffmann (Ludwigsburg) and Lisa-Sophie Kotzan (Berlin) met Ophélie Lusson and Mia Severine Guyot Polverini from France in the opening match. The first set was dominated by the Germans with 21:16. With a placed Kotzan defense to 21:14 in the second set, the victory could be made perfect.

After their previous victory, the day ended with a defeat for Hoffmann and Kotzan. The German beach volleyball players had no chance against the Americans Emily Sonny and Torrey van Winden, as Manuel Lohmann analyzed. After 21:16 in the first set, the Germans clearly lost the game in the second set 21: 8. Tomorrow, Julika Hoffmann and Lisa-Sophie Kotzan still have the chance to place second in the group.

Here you can find the pictures of the day.