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The Argentine pair (green) with an amazing victory over the Germans

Anapa, Russia, July 26, 2013 - Good news keep arriving from Russia, where Argentine beach volleyball pairs are participating at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Open Anama competition. After a perfect start of Gallay-Klug that topped their preliminary round qualifying for the second round (direct elimination), they were defeated in a very tight tie-breaker by Hughes-Nielsen from USA finishing on an historical ninth place on their career showing improvement and winning international experience. Now it is the time for Ian Mehamed-Julian Azaad that are also shining at Russian sand.

Argentina’s Ian Mehamed and Julian Amado Azaad won a tight battle for top position in pool D at the Anapa Open on Friday. The South Americans defeated Germany’s Finn Dittelbach and Eric Koreng 2-1 (13-21 21-21-17 15-11), who had also claimed two wins so far, to advance to the second elimination round unbeaten.

Mehamed (23) and Azaad (22) lost the first set to the Germans, but made a strong comeback. “We started out bad”, Mehamed said. “They took a lot of points from us, but in the second we paid more attention to the details and we could make a bridge with our block.”

In the tiebreak the teams played point by point until 10-10, then the Argentineans leaped forward thanks to some strong serving from Mehamed.

“I think winning a tiebreak is always a combination of luck and determination. At the end we played four points or so that could have gone either way.”

Icy calm

And while the Germans got frustrated and shouted and gestured a lot, the Argentina team stayed icy calm. “We used to play like that”, Mehamed said. “But we learned that if we shout, we don’t play well.”

Mehamed and Azaad are only playing their third FIVB event in their first season together, after the Grand Slams in Corrientes (17th) and Gstaad (25th). “So this is already our third main draw.”

“Before we came here we just wanted to play well and hoped we could make it through the pool. So we won a lot today. Making it to the second elimination round is already a victory for us. But from now on every game is going to be difficult.”

Meanwhile Pablo Bianchi-Facundo del Coto closed their participation on Pool B.

Field 2 saw the Argentine pairs along the day in three consecutive matches. First, Gallay-Klug were defeated by Hughs-Nielsen (USA) 2-1 (21-10, 10-21, 13-15) winning 250 points at the international FIVB Ranking and 2,000 dollars. Then, Mehamed-Azaad, fought the top place of their Pool D against Dittelbach-Koreng recovering from a bad start that finished 2-1 (13-21, 21-17, 15-11). The third match of Argentine presence was held by Bianchi-Del Coto that needed a victtory against the strong and undefeated Zemljak-Pokersnik (SLO) and they were overcome 0-2 (double 16-21) being eliminated from the competition.

FIVB Anapa Beach Open, Russia 2013:

Women's competition: Results - Ranking
Photos: FeVA - FIVB

Men's competition: Results - Ranking
Photos: FeVA - FIVB