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How to become a pro in beach volleyball?

When you start practicing beach volleyball you might feel that it’s pretty much easy and that if you already know how to play traditional volleyball you will face no problem adapting to beach volleyball. Even if previous knowledge of this sport is undoubtedly an advantage, you might soon discover that both sports are not the same. As passionate as we are about this sport, we have tried to give you some general advice that we hope will help you to become the pro player you have dreamt to become.

Start for the beginning and learn the basics

Learning to move effectively on the sand is the most difficult adjustment an indoor volleyball player must make when playing beach volleyball. Often, players stumble or fall before executing. A player will need a good year of training (possibly even longer) before being nimble and efficient on the sand. Some characteristics that you must keep in mind when playing beach volleyball are:

  • Minimize the movement of sand
  • Be prepared to move in any direction
  • Movements of more than four meters are common
  • Keep the sand level

The serve reception (or pass) is the most important technique in beach volleyball. Ironically, many beach volleyball players spend relatively little time practicing their serve technique, even though it is so important to being successful. Beach volleyball coaches should reiterate the importance of developing strong serve receiving skills.

Both players on the ground should stand about six meters from the net and an equal distance from each other at the back of the field, two or three meters from the sidelines. It is important to be prepared to respond to the serve. The wind direction and the type of serve (rotating or floating) will have a great effect on the trajectory of the serve. To facilitate the next pass, all first passes should be at a constant height of three to five meters at a distance of one to three meters from the net.

Working as a team. The capital importance of the synergy in the team

The pass is one of the most complex techniques in beach volleyball and involves four different actions: preparation, passing, taking off, and covering.

Preparation. Before his partner delivers the ball to him on the serve, the passer (the player not receiving the service) should move from his serve receiving position to his partner’s serve receiving target. This preparation is done by moving, under control, with a crossed step while looking at the other player. This movement must be done under control so that the passer can change direction to move towards an off-target pass. The player running towards the target of the pass will have difficulty changing direction if the pass is not perfect.

The pass. There are two ways to pass the ball in beach volleyball: a cuff or a touch.

  • Forearm passing. This allows you to have more control and is the preferred method of passing (similar to indoor volleyball).
  • Overhead passing. Players can be successful at beach volleyball without hitting any hits. However, no player can be successful without a good cuff technique. Execution of a cuff is necessary when a pass is a too low or off target, or the winds are strong. Some players who have difficulty making the keys will only make headlines. It is crucial when a player makes a cuff that the passer is behind and not directly under the ball.

Call of the defense. When the players have made their pass, they should immediately communicate information on the opponent’s defensive strategy or call their partner (the attacker). The correct call must be made clearly and in a loud voice so that the attacker recognizes the call and modifies his attack. The call must contain useful information for the attacker. Saying words like “Crush him”, “Go on” or “Blocker at the net” will not give the attacker useful information. The call usually points to the spot on the field where a bunt will score a point or where there is no blocker at the net. Here are some examples of typical calls: “line”, “cross (or “in the corner”)” or “person” (indicating that there is no blocker).

Cover the attack. After the pass is completed and the call has been properly communicated, the passer’s next responsibility is to cover the attack. This is the moment, just before the attacker makes contact when the passer must look to the blocker to cover the attack from his opponents. Immediately after the attack is completed, the passer must be ready to chase any ball that is recovered and aimed directly over the net.

Defeating the rival: The art of the attack

The powerful attack, like a basketball slam-dunk, is an impressive conclusion to a successful rally. However, a beach volleyball player needs more than an attacking stroke to be successful at the net. A beach volleyball player who attacks each pass will eventually be countered by a great blocker, the ball will be picked up by a good defensive player or he will make typing errors due to fatigue caused by the heavy expenditure of energy on each pass and each attack. The key to success for a beach volleyball forward is to be unpredictable or unreadable to the defensive opponent. By inserting well-placed attacks from time to time, beach volleyball players will keep their opponents off balance and retain more energy than attacking each pass. The best beach volleyball players possess a powerful attack and the ability to place bounces.

The description and technical progression for an attack in beach volleyball are the same as in indoor volleyball. The additional element on sand is mastery of three types of drops (coiled attack, push attack and knuckle attack) and the four different targets (short on the line, long on the line, short diagonally, and long on the diagonal).

The approach. As with all movements on the sand, beach volleyball attackers should be “light on their feet” to avoid wedging in the sand when approaching for an attack. This is the major difference between the sand approach and the indoor approach.

The smash. This is the cornerstone on which all beach volleyball attackers build their attacking strategy. Opponents must be convinced that a smash is a distinct possibility. The real threat of a smash will force the blocker to jump and the defender to retrieve the ball to make the opponent more susceptible to the attacker’s shock absorbers. With reduced jump due to sand, a beach volleyball attacker must have good arm extension (right arm) and a high point of contact when performing an attack.

The key to a successful game is to hide your intentions until the last minute. This is accomplished by approaching and jumping with the same explosive mechanics as for an attack but playing deadening at the last moment.

Defending is as important as the attack: balance is key

Spectacular defensive play is the most exhilarating technique of all in beach volleyball. Whether it’s a recovery from a fierce attack or a spectacular dive to keep the ball in play, good defensive play creates excitement. The defense is synonymous with beach volleyball, and most beach volleyball players have excellent defensive skills.

The importance of defense – the ability to defend against an attack – cannot be overstated in beach volleyball. A beach volleyball team can use superior defensive skills to defeat much larger opponents with better-attacking skills. However, the importance of a good beach volleyball defense is also very elusive – it takes years of training to become a good beach defender.

A good defense starts with attitude – a player must want the ball back. A defensive player should get into the starting position just before the attacker contacts the ball. The defensive starting position is like the basic starting position:

  • The feet are spread a little more than the width of the shoulders
  • Knees are bent
  • Hips and shoulders face the attacker
  • The arms are in front and away from the body

What equipment you might need to play beach volleyball effectively?

Whether you play when the good weather arrives or now and then during your vacation, it is important to be well equipped for beach volleyball! Mistakes when choosing what you wear or the equipment could lead you to a terrible experience or, what is worst, to have an accident or to injure you and the other players. 

For 13 years, did you know that there were dress rules to follow during beach volleyball competitions? Indeed, women had to wear a bikini and men, a tank top and swim shorts. For women, the rule has changed, and they can play now in long sleeves and pants. Unfortunately, for men, the rule has not yet been applied. Today, some beach volleyball players still prefer to play in bikinis, for the sake of comfort with the sand and the heat it can bring during tournaments.

Professional beach volleyball shorts have been specially designed to be very light and fluid to properly support all your movements during practice. Besides, it effectively wicks away perspiration. Its loose fit also prevents the sand from “getting stuck” (it’s annoying and it sticks) and therefore allows its evacuation. Comfort it’s necessary so you can focus on the game.

Next, think of the iconic beach volleyball product: the bra. Clever in its design, it meets your beach volleyball needs. You will find in many marketplaces the one reversible, with its 2 numbers (1 & 2) which were designed for a pair of players. You just must turn it over to see the second number appear and enjoy a different design also. The racerback of the bra will facilitate your movements and its lightness ensures maximum comfort during the game as well as good support adapted to your practice! Pairing your bra with a tank top is possible! It’s also been designed to be lightweight and wick sweat away while playing, preventing sand from sticking to your outfit, and providing maximum comfort.

Both sides are important

For the men, on their side, shorts and a tank top and HOP, you’re ready! The “shirtless” being prohibited during competitions, you will have no choice but to wear a tank top. (unless you practice freely with friends during your vacation …). In this case, the tank top provides you with comfort during practice thanks to its lightness and its fabric easily wicks perspiration. Just like the shorts!

Having fun when you practice a sport is obvious, but you need to be properly equipped. Who says beach volleyball says sun! Who says sun says dazzling! If you are an avid beach volleyball player and you practice it intensively, don’t forget to wear a pair of sunglasses. Your eyes are very exposed to many stresses during the game, hence the importance of wearing them. They will guarantee you maximum protection against the sun thanks to its category 3 index, against sand and water reflections thanks to its polarized lenses. Also, when you buy your glasses you must consider an ergonomic shape that will allow the glasses to hold excellent on your face during the practice phases.

Regardless of the destination, when the sun comes out, it worth it to be well protected. So, think about wearing a cap or a visor. These will protect you against the sun but not only. They also play a role in the management of perspiration and prevent it from blurring your vision during the game, from having itchy eyes and suddenly from losing a point stupidly!

Don’t forget the most important thing: protect your skin before embarking on a game on the beach. We are never too careful! So, remember to apply your sunscreen to all the visible parts of your body that are not protected. Your skin will thank you!

For the finishing touch, a pair of flip flops may be needed when you walk across the beach on hot sand to the field. It would be a shame if you didn’t make it that far.

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The passionate world of beach volleyball in Germany and all around the world

Recognized as an Olympic discipline in 1996, beach volleyball has become a popular sport and has millions of followers around the world. In this article, we will walk you through its main rules and how you can get started in this healthy, fun, summer competition. Beach volleyball is an energetic, technical, and fun sport, ideal for playing with friends this summer. 

In beach volleyball, two teams compete on a court separated by a central net. The goal of both teams is to pass the ball over this net to the opposing ground. The ball can be hit with the hand, but it cannot be caught or held.

Each team has a limited number of touches to return the ball to the opposing court. It can be touched with the hands, arms, or any other part of the body.

What are the specific rules for Beach volleyball?

The official rules of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) are as follows:

Field measurements: the field is a rectangle 16 meters long by 8 meters wide, starting from the outer edge of the lines delimiting the playing field. Around the playing field, there is a safety strip without obstacles of 3 meters wide. The playing area must be separate from the public areas.

Players: the official game field is set for two people versus two people.

Allowed hits: when the ball is in the game field, players of a team can only make a maximum of three hits in a row.

Net: it is 8.5 meters long and 1 meter wide when stretched. It is placed vertically on the central axis of the land. For men, the height of the upper edge of the net is 2.43 meters; for women, 2.24 meters; for 16 years old and under 2.24 meters; 14 years old and under 2.12 meters; 12 years old and under 2 meters.

Ball: the outer surface must be made of soft material (leather or synthetic), which does not absorb moisture, with a rubber interior. Bright colors like orange, yellow, pink … or a combination of colors. The circumference of the balloon will be 66 to 68 centimeters and its weight from 260 to 280 grams.

Equipment: the outfit consists of a top (sleeveless T-shirt for men and “top” for women) and bottom (shorts for men and bikini for women or swimsuit). T-shirts must be numbered from 1 to 12 on the front, with a different color from that of the T-shirt or pants. Players may also wear a cap, visor or headband, sunglasses, knee pads (approved by the technical committee of the event), a watch or bracelets.

Signs, lines: they are made by elastic bands, flexible, resistant and without sharp edges, about 5 centimeters wide. Anchors in the sand should be synthetic or wooden, to a depth of at least 25 centimeters.

Sand: the playing field must be composed of level sand, as flat and uniform as possible, without stones or shells.

According to the FIVB Beach Volleyball Exercise Manual, training or warming up for beach volleyball helps reduce the risk of injury and promote play situations.

Players not only need to be skilled with the ball but also need to be able to deal with the adversities of outdoor play, such as loose sand, sun, and wind.

We mainly work on the resistance of the legs and balance, since the body must adapt to an environment to which we are not used: the sand (where we also practice sandboarding), a surface where we weigh more and lose of mobility.

Volleyball is less demanding on the cardiovascular level, but the aerobic part (jump, speed, and lightness) is fundamental. The calves, glutes, and quads are exercised through the constant squat position (legs bent) and jump.

How different are traditional volleyball and beach volleyball from each other?

Beach volleyball is a variation of volleyball, but with a few differences:

Court: Beach volleyball is played on the sand, usually on the beach, although tournaments on artificial courts are also common.

Dimensions: the beach volleyball court is smaller (18 x 6) than the volleyball court (18 x 8).

Players: in beach volleyball, there are 2 players and there is no possibility of substitution. In volleyball, there are 6 players and there may be changes, as well as a rotation of positions.

Equipment: volleyball equipment consists of sports shoes, socks, shorts, team shirts, and knee pads. Beach volleyball, on the other hand, is played barefoot.

Coaching: the volleyball coach can give instructions to the players during the match; the beach volleyball coach cannot do it.

Sets: in beach volleyball, you play in 3 sets, and to win a set you just have to reach 21 points with a difference of 2 points; in volleyball, it can be 3, 4, or 5 sets, and to win a set you have to reach 25 points with an advantage of 2.

In volleyball, you need a playing area of ​​18 by 9 meters while in Beach volleyball, you just need 16 by 8 meters. The Beach volleyball team is made up of two players without staff or substitutes. that in volleyball, we have 6 players, 6 substitutes; a staff, and a coach.

In beach volleyball, any ball sent by the opponent must be hit; which would result in penalties in volleyball where certain balls must be pushed or faked. The beach volleyball match is played in 2 winning sets of 21 points while that of volleyball has 3 winning sets of 25 points with the same duration for the tie-break.

In volleyball it is only at the time of the tie-break that you change sides, in beach volleyball, it happens every 7 points. The pressure of the beach volleyball is lower compared to that of the volleyball. The position of the player does not matter in beach volleyball, it is sufficient to respect the order of service, while in volleyball both rules are mandatory.

As you can see, these two hand sports seem to merge, but all the same, keep their specific characteristics of the rules to the types of balls which makes them two disciplines at the Olympics.

How beneficial beach volleyball is for your health?

Volleyball is a fun, non-contact sport with simple principles. Indoors, on the grass or the sand, you should always start with having fun.

Volleyball is a sport where you can start at your own pace. In leisure and between friends, you can easily adapt the rhythm of the exchanges and therefore of the match according to your capacities. In the game, you repeat short and energetic efforts: it means that you can start without having great endurance because you develop it as you practice without losing sight of the initial pleasure of volleyball.

Are you more cardio or a force player? In volleyball, you can combine the two. With volleyball, you practice short, intense, and repeated efforts. Your races, your jumps, and your strikes are done over a few meters and a few seconds. You work on your explosiveness – it’s your ability to accelerate during your movement – and your power: it is the force you put into your movement after the acceleration.

We’re not going to lie to you, you’ll still be doing laps at the start of the warm-up. But you gradually improve your endurance and gain tone thanks to the alternation between rest phases and short exertion phases.

In volleyball, you run, jump and sometimes you dive. For your muscles, it’s complete!

The suit is one of the synonyms of the receiver-attacker position. And it’s also your muscles with volleyball! Your legs are constantly solicited: defense involves flexible and lively support, legs bent. Short runs and jumps strengthen your calves, thighs, and glutes.

In attack, you work your arms, shoulders, and pecs. And as you jump, your back and core strength.

Volleyball works your coordination. In attack and defense, it’s all about balance. Even in beach volleyball, you can make overall progress on your balance and coordination. In attack as in defense, you use your reflexes and your skill. You must be flexible and toned on your supports and the many jumps stimulate your proprioception.

With the technique and gestures of volleyball, you will therefore benefit from a complete and balanced work on your speed, your reflexes, your address, and your coordination.

In the ball game as in the team game, volleyball is a trading sport.

The rules of volleyball transform it into the ultimate team sport: no contact with the opponent and no one keeps the ball!

Indeed, with three touches to return the ball and the prohibition to make a double touch, you exchange constantly with your partners.

Besides, some positions give you special responsibilities: in passing, you organize the game and you put your partners in good attacking conditions. At the libero post, you specialize in receiving to relieve your attackers. To keep the ball alive, you, therefore, rely on trust in your partners and team cohesion.

In conclusion, you will gain strength and health at the same time that you train your mind and your teamwork/leadership skills

A brief history of beach volleyball in Germany

According to “Kings of the Beach: The Story of Beach Volleyball by Smith/Feinman”, beach volleyball was first played in Santa Monica in the 1920s. The first world championships took place in the 1970s. Since then the professionalization of beach volleyball could no longer be stopped. In 1996, beach volleyball was considered for the first time an Olympic sport during the games hosted in Atlanta, USA. Beach volleyball also developed rapidly in Germany. The first beach volleyball tournament took place on German soil as early as 1989.

  • In 1991 the DVV organized this first national series
  • In 1992 the first German Beach Volleyball Championships are held in Damp
  • In 1994 a total of 15,400 volleyball players took part in beach volleyball events of all kinds in Germany
  • In 1995 the first Beach Volleyball World Series tournament took place in Berlin
  • In 1996 at the first Olympic beach volleyball tournament, Beate Bühler/Danja Müsch took 7th place and Jörg Ahmann/Axel Hager took 9th place at the Olympic Games in Atlanta
  • As early as in 1997 there were over 5,000 stationary beach volleyball facilities in Germany
  • In 1999 the German Beach Volleyball Championships took place in Timmendorf for the first time
  • In 2000, Jörg Ahmann/Axel Hager sensationally won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney

At least since then, volleyball has emerged from its niche in Germany. But it is a long way to go before we get to the SMART Beach Volleyball series that exists today, the national beach volleyball series of the German Volleyball Association (DVV):

  • From 1993 to 1999 Liptonice was the sponsor and namesake of the German Masters and Cups series
  • from 2000 to 2002, deodorant manufacturer Mum lends its name to the German beach volleyball series
  • In 2003 Renault (Cups) and Vodafone (Masters) share the naming rights: The German Vodafone Beach Volleyball Championships take place in Timmendorf
  • In 2004, Renault and Zurich Insurance will again share the series, which will culminate in the German Zurich Beach Volleyball Championships in Timmendorf
  • In 2005 Nokia joins the Cup, Zurich remains the namesake for the Masters and the German Championships
  • SMART will take over the series from 2006 – until today!

Nowadays, participation in the tournaments is equally possible for both German and foreign teams. Teams of mixed nationalities can also compete. In all tournaments of this series points can be collected for the German ranking list, 75 points for a tournament victory, 100 points for the victory in a SuperCups (tournaments with double prize money), 150 points for the victory of the German championship. The tournaments are played on three to five playing fields.

The best 16 teams in the German rankings qualify for the German smart beach volleyball championships. Entry to all tournaments on the smart beach tour and the German smart beach volleyball championships is free.

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Behrens/Schumacher nach Durchmarsch im Halbfinale

Hochsommerliche Temperaturen und volle Ränge beim Hauptfeld-Samstag

Bei hochsommerlichen Temperaturen am ersten Hauptfeldtag beim smart beach cup Nürnberg kämpften die Teams um den direkten Einzug in die Halbfinals. Vor der Kulisse der Frauenkirche und enthusiastischen Zuschauern zeigten die 16 Frauen- und Männerteams spannende Spiele und einige kräftezehrende Dreisatz-Matches.

Im Feld der Frauen hatten fast alle Viertelfinalistinnen im Turnierverlauf ein Spiel über drei Sätze hinter sich gebracht. Einzig Kim Behrens/Anni Schumacher konnten sich in beiden Spielen mit jeweils 2:0 gegen die Wildcard-Inhaberinnen Lisa Arnholdt/Leonie Welsch und das an Position vier gesetzte Team Anna Behlen/Yanina Weiland durchsetzen.

Auch im Viertelfinale ließen sie nicht nach und besiegten das an Position eins gesetzte Nationalteam Nadja Glenzke/Julia Großner souverän in zwei Sätzen.

Damit stehen sie am morgigen Sonntag, 28. Mai im Halbfinale. Melanie Gernert/Tatjana Zautys haben sich mit einem Sieg gegen Sandra Ittlinger/Teresa Mersmann ebenfalls einen Platz im Halbfinale gesichert. Genau wie Glenzke/Großner haben Ittlinger/Mersmann noch die Chance, über die Verliererrunde am Halbfinale xnxx teilzunehmen.

Die Titelverteidigerinnen Katharina Schillerwein/Cinja Tillmann mussten nach zwei Siegen und einer Niederlage ebenfalls den Umweg über die Verliererrunde gehen und haben morgen früh im Spiel gegen Glenzke/Großner noch die Chance auf einen der begehrten Plätze im Halbfinale.

Mit einem Sieg ist Clemens Wickler mit seinem Partner Tim Holler in sein Comeback-Turnier gestartet. Anschließend mussten sie sich den topgesetzten Kay Matysik/Marcus Popp in einem umkämpften Spiel geschlagen geben. Im Anschluss konnten sie einen Sieg gegen Niklas Rudolf/Santeri Sirén einfahren. Durch die Niederlage gegen Sebastian Fuchs/Eric Stadie endete dann allerdings das Turnier für das Nationalteam Holler/Wickler auf dem neunten Platz.

Über die Verliererrunde auf einen Halbfinalplatz hoffen müssen Matysik/Popp, die im Viertelfinale gegen das an Position vier gesetzte Duo Philipp Arne Bergmann/Yannick Harms verloren. Die bayerischen Duos Benedikt Doranth/Julius Höfer und  Yannic Beck/Daniel Malescha xhamster erfreuten sich an der lautstarken Unterstützung der zahlreichen Zuschauer. Letztere mussten sich nach zwei Niederlagen gegen Alexander Walkenhorst/Sven Winter und das Schweizer Team Adrian Heidrich/Gabriel Kissling vorzeitig aus dem Turnier verabschieden.

Doranth/Höfer hat das Publikum zu Höchstleistungen und einem Sieg angetrieben, sie mussten sich dann allerdings nach Fuchs/Stadie auch Walkenhorst/Winter mit 0:2 geschlagen geben und belegen den 9. Platz. Walkenhorst/Winter konnten sich nach einer Niederlage gegen das Interimsduo Manuel Lohmann/Julius Thole die Chance auf das Halbfinale wahren. Den direkten Einzug in das morgige Halbfinale perfekt gemacht hat neben Bergmann/Harms auch der Titelverteidiger Jonas Schröder mit seinem neuen Partner Paul Becker.

Am Sonntag, 28. Mai ist um 10 Uhr Spielbeginn. Ab 11 Uhr greifen dann die Männer mit dem Kampf um die letzten Halbfinalplätze in das Geschehen ein. Nach einer Spielpause aus Rücksicht auf die in der Frauenkirche am Hauptmarkt stattfindenden Gottesdienste sind um 12:30 Uhr die Halbfinals der Frauen angesetzt.

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Gegen ca. 13:40 Uhr folgen die Halbfinalspiele der Männer. Das Finale der Frauen wird um 16:15 Uhr angepfiffen, die Männer kämpfen ab 17:00 Uhr um den Titel des smart beach cup in Nürnberg.

Am Sonntag berichtet der 24-Stunden-Sportnachrichtensender Sky Sport News HD vom Center Court in der Frankenmetropole Nürnberg, außerdem werden die Beach-Volleyballfans im Internet bestens versorgt. Der Livescore liefert in Sekundenschnelle jeden Punkt von allen vier Courts und im Livestream werden alle Spiele vom Center Court übertragen.

Live dabei sind die Fans unter www.smart-beach-tour.tv. Hier gibt es zudem viele weitere Informationen zur smart beach tour, alle Ergebnisse, Teaminfos und vieles mehr.

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Behrens/Schumacher gewinnen ersten gemeinsamen Titel auf der smart beach tour

Bergmann/Harms feiern Titelerfolg beim smart beach cup Nürnberg

Es war nach einjähriger Pause ein gelungenes Comeback der smart beach tour in Nürnberg. Rund 45.000 Zuschauer erlebten auf dem Hauptmarkt drei Tage Spitzensport bei perfektem Sommerwetter. Bei den Frauen trugen sich Kim Behrens und Anni Schumacher in die Siegerlisten des smart beach cup Nürnberg ein. Im Finale gewannen sie gegen die Titelverteidigerinnen Katharina Schillerwein/Cinja Tillmann mit 2:0 (21:16, 21:19).

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„Die Hitze zehrt ganz schön an der Kondition, gerade in den langen Ballwechseln. Aber dafür ist es dann umso schöner, wenn man die dann gewinnt“.

sagte Kim Behrens nach ihrem ersten Titelerfolg auf der smart beach tour.

Es war zugleich der erste gemeinsame Titel für das Team Behrens/Schumacher.

„Das Publikum in Nürnberg ist super und hat uns sicherlich auch nochmal gepusht. Wir kommen gern wieder“.

sagte Anni Schumacher.

Das Team gab im gesamten Turnierverlauf nur einen Satz ab und dieser ging beim 2:1-Erfolg im Halbfinale gegen Sandra Ferger/Sarah Schneider verloren. Schillerwein/Tillmann machten den Finaleinzug mit einem 2:1-Sieg über Melanie Gernert/Tatjana Zautys perfekt.

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Den dritten Platz erreichten überraschend Ferger/Schneider mit 2:1 (15:21, 21:14, 19:17) gegen die an Position drei gesetzten Gernert/Zautys und revanchierten sich für die Niederlage im ersten Hauptrundenspiel am Samstag. Ferger/Schneider zeigten an diesem Wochenende eine wahre Energieleistung. Sie spielten sich am Freitag erfolgreich durch die Mühen der Qualifikation und hatten mit dem kleinen Finale ihr neuntes Spiel an drei Tagen.

Der Titel bei den Männern ging an Philipp-Arne Bergmann/Yannick Harms, die nach dem Saisonauftakt in Münster zum zweiten Mal in Folge im Finale standen. Hier trafen sie auf dem Hauptmarkt auf Paul Becker/Jonas Schröder, die im gesamten Turnierverlauf ebenso ungeschlagen waren wie Bergmann/Harms selbst. Und so entwickelte sich im Finale ein enges Spiel, bei dem Bergmann/Harms am Ende mit 2:0 (22:20, 21:17) die Oberhand behielten.

„Wir haben gegen die wohl technisch stärksten Spieler der Tour gespielt und sie haben uns alles abverlangt. Aber mein Partner hat auch unglaublich viele Bälle ausgegraben“, sagte Philipp-Arne Bergmann.

„Wir sind mit dem Saisonstart total happy und schauen jetzt entspannt, wie es weiter geht“, führte der Hamelner weiter aus.

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Im kleinen Finale trafen das Interimsduo Manuel Lohmann/Julius Thole und Alexander Walkenhorst/Sven Winter aufeinander. Man merkte den Spielern die kräftezehrenden Spiele zuvor an, dennoch boten beide Teams dem Publikum tollen Sport und kämpften über drei Sätze. Mit dem 15:13 im Tie-Break erreichten Lohmann/Thole den dritten Podiumsplatz.

Der nächste Stopp der smart beach tour ist vom 16.-18. Juni 2017 in Dresden auf dem Altmarkt.

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