Reigning Olympic Champions Go 0-2 On Second Day Of FIVB World Tour

  0 Carly DeMarque | September 16th, 2016 | Beach, News, Pro, Pro Beach



Ana Gallay and Georgina Klug (Argentina) Upset Olympic champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst (Germany) 2-1 (17-21, 21-18, 16-14)

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.

Liliana Steiner and Elsa McMillan (Spain) Defeat Jamie Broder and Kristina Valjas (Canada) 2-1 (19-21, 21-13, 16-14)

The Canadian pair started off the match with a hard-fought battle that featured eight ties, the last coming at 19-19. A Broder kill and ace put the Canadians ahead of Spain 21-19 in the first set.

The second set started off a back and forth battle, but a service error at 6-6 was enough of a momentum swing to get the Spaniards on a roll, going on a 5-0 run. Canada fought back, but Spain was able to come up with another 5-0 run late in the match to make it 19-10. Spain came put an end to the set at 21-13, to send the game into a deciding set.

Canada took a commanding lead in the third 8-2, but a long string of great plays by Spain put them within two at 7-9. Spain didn’t give up and took the set and match at 16-14.


Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross (United States) easily take down Taliqua Clancy and Louise Bawden (Australia) 2-0 (21-13, 21-12)

The American’s didn’t take their time taking a big lead in the first set, taking a 13-4 lead on the Australians. They were just too much for the Australians to handle and couldn’t recover, taking the set 21-13.

The second set started with a battle, being tied at 9-9. The Americans took charge and went on a 11-2 run making it a 20-11 game before they took the set 21-12.


Julia Sude and Chantal Laboureur (Germany) quickly defeat Marta Menegatti and Laura Giombini (Italy) 2-0 (21-11, 21-14)

The German pair jumped to a quick lead that the Italians couldn’t handle, leading 15-9 in the first set. From there, they went on a 6-2 run to end the match.

The second set started a little closer as the two squads fought hard for the set, but after an 11-11 tie, the Germans went on a 10-3 run to end the match 21-14.


Switzerland takes down the German Olympic champions in three sets for their second loss of the day (10-21, 21-16, 15-8)

Ludwig and Walkenhorst jumped to a quick 10-4 lead in the first set. They didn’t let up their pace the rest of the set holding Heidrich and Zumkehr to only 10 points in the first set.

In a turn of events, Switzerland bounced back, leading the Germans 7-2 early in the second set. The Germans tried to catch back up, coming within three late 16-19. A kill and service ace by Switzerland ended the second set 21-16.

In the deciding third set, Switzerland came out to a 4-1 lead, but three Ludwig points brought the set to a 6-6 tie. Heidrich and Zumkehr showed how much they wanted the match by finishing the set on a 9-2 run, dominating the third set 15-8 over the Olympic champions.

Olympic runner-ups Larissa/Talita (Brazil) ease through Liliana/Elsa (Spain) 2-0 (21-17, 21-12)

The first set went back and forth the entire set, with no one leading by more than three points. The Brazilians rallied at the end going on a 3-1 run to end the match 21-17.

The second set was a breeze for the Brazilians as they jumped to a 7-3 lead over Spain. The Spaniards couldn’t keep up with the Brazilian pace and dropped the set and match 21-12.


The United States took a hard-fought match against Switzerland 2-0 (27-25, 21-19)

Walsh-Jennings/Ross dominated the first half of the first set, leading 17-10 before Forrer and Verge-Depre battled back, going on an 11-4 run to tie the match at 21 all. A back and forth battle to win by two ended on two Walsh-Jennings attacks to take the set 27-25.

The second set was a close battle until the Americans went on a 4-2 run to take a four point lead at 13-9. Switzerland fought back to make it a close finish, dropping the set 19-21.


Laboureur/Sude (Germany) took down Bansley/Wilkerson (Canada) 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-9)

The German pair won Pool D after taking down Bansley and Wilkerson in three sets (19-21, 21-17, 15-9).

The first set went back and forth between the two pairs, the Canadians would prevail in this set 21-19.

In the second set, it was a similar battle, however, Laboureur and Sude were able to come out on top, taking the set 21-17.

A third and deciding set was needed to determine the winner of the match. The Germans were able to make come out on top a little more easily this set taking the set and match 15-9.

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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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