FIVB News: Tenerife, Spain, September 30, 2011 – The Zonal Phase tournament – Pool B – of the CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup got started today in Tenerife with the 1/4 finals whereby the draw for the semis scheduled for Saturday was determined. A massive audience did get together there to enjoy some classy Beach Volleyball actions with more to come through this weekend. The Czech Republic and Austria qualified for the men’s semis after edging Slovakia and Serbia respectively. The Czechs claimed three consecutive wins – and all of them in straight sets – to really outclass their neighbors and “cousins” from Slovakia. Jan Dumek/Martin Tichy beat Michal Hovorka and Jan Namesansky (21-14, 21-16) before their compatriots Jindrich Weiss/David Kufa contributed a second 2:0 by defeating Marek Jany and Matej Herich (21-13, 21-18). The Czechs sealed the final 3:0 as Dumek/Tichy needed two close sets to cruise past Jany/Herich (25-23, 22-20).
Austria also showed its supremacy in the quarterfinal with Serbia; Clemens Doppler/Robin Seidl claimed the first match against Dejan Jovic/Jovan Markovic (21-18, 21-11) while the newly formed duo Alexander Horst/Matthias Mellitzer stamped a speedy 21-9, 21-19 to beat Stefan Basta and Igor Tesic. Doppler/Seidl wrapped it up for Austria with another 2:0 (21-13, 21-16) against the best Serbian duo.
In the semis Austria will play host Spain while the Czech Republic has a tough job with Norway.
Spain and Slovakia qualified for the women’s semis after claiming their respective quarterfinals with Norway and the Czech Republic. The home heroines needed only three matches – all ending in a 2:0 – to defeat Norway. Spain’s national champions Liliana/Baquerizo outclassed Sannarnes/Hjortland in straight sets (21-14, 21-11) before Caballero/Hopf added a second point to Spain’s tally with a more fought win over Janne Kongshavn and Rita Eritsland (24-22, 21-19). Liliana and Baquerizo wrapped it up for the home side with another 2:0 (21-13, 21-11) to defeat Norway’s best team.
Slovakia’s girls caused quite a sensation as they edged their neighbors from the Czech Republic at the end of a real battle (3:1). Hana Klapalova and Barbora Hermannova opened it well for the Czech side with a speedy 2:0 (21-8, 21-14) to see off Michalovicova/Cizmarova. However, Natalia Dubovcova and Dominika Nestarcova drew level for Slovakia after an intense match against Eliska Galova and Karolina Rehackova (21-16, 19-21, 15-10). Dubovcova/Nestarcova extended their positive mood to their next game edging Klapalova/Hermannova again at the tie-break (22-24, 22-20, 15-9) before the “Lucias”, Michalovicova and Cizmarova, finished it off with a 2:0 (21-16, 24-22) to beat Galova/Rehackova and go for the semis where Slovakia will be playing pre-favorite Germany.