Olympic Champions Drop First Match Of World Tour Finals

  0 Carly DeMarque | September 15th, 2016 | Beach, News, Pro, Pro Beach


Match Stats

The reigning Olympic champions Ludwig/Walkenhorst (Germany) have been upset by by Argentinian pair Gallay/Klug in a three set battle. This match marks the first time the Argentinian pair has beaten Ludwig and Walkenhorst in seven  FIVB World Tour matches.

The German pair started off the match strong taking a 8-3 lead in the first off three Gallay errors. Ludwig/Walkenhorst held strong throughout the set coming up with a 16-10 lead. A service error and a Klug service ace helped bring Argentina back into contention, but couldn’t hold on, dropping the set 21-17.

The second set was more of a battle for the Germans, who struggled hold onto their two point lead throughout the first 10 points of the match. Soon the Argentinian pair tied the game up at 12 all, a tooled hit and attack error by Walkenhorst gave Argentina a two point advantage 14-12. The rest of the second was all Argentina, taking the set 21-18.

Heading into the third and deciding set the Germans started strong, taking a quick 5-2 lead. A Klug kill and Ludwig error ended the run for the Germans, but they recovered quickly, regaining a three point margin at 9-6. Argentina didn’t give up tying the set at 14-14, but a Gallay kill and block ended the set and match 16-14.

The win ended the first round of play for Gallay and Klug (1-1). Up next for Ludwig and Walkenhorst is Switzerland pair Heidrich and Zumkehr who are 1-0 so far in the tournament.

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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