Vikings overcome the crowd

30.06.2019 - Hamburg

Number one seeds get the job done… but it wasn’t easy

Anders Mol and Christian Sørum went into the lion’s den and emerged victorious against the German underdogs to book their place in the elimination phase on their World Championship debut.

Many people’s idea of this year’s champions, the Beachvolley Vikings were made to work hard for their second win of the pool but ultimately their class showed as they prevailed 21-18, 21-16 against Sven Winter and Jonathan Erdmann.

“Against the home crowd in this heat we knew we were in a game,” said blocker Mol afterwards. “Playing against the teams from the home country is always a challenge and we needed some time to get our game going but we got the job done.”

Windy conditions had caused havoc for both teams inside the Red Bull Beach Arena and Mol is now looking forward to a final pool meeting against Pedro Solberg and Vitor Felipe in a game which will decide who tops Pool A.

“It will be yet another tough game and we’re really looking forward to it,” said Anders. “We played them in Warsaw in the tournament before and it was close so we’re expecting another challenge against them.

“We feel we’re playing well and we know with a win we can top the pool so that’s a big incentive.”

It was a mixed afternoon for German teams overall as Julia Sude and Karla Borger beat Nicaraguans Mendoza and Lolette but Isabel Schneider and Viktoria Bieneck lost a three-set thriller to Brazil’s Ana Patricia and Rebecca Cavalcanti. The home side took the second set and were leading in the third but the in-form South Americans managed to edge ahead to record their second successive victory of their debut World Championships.

Other teams also making it two wins from two were 2015 world champion Alison Cerutti and Alvaro Filho and Polish pair Bartosz Losiak and Piotr Kantor.