2016-09-17 22:18:00 CET
Europeans rule the roost after Isa and Anouk win
Hopp Schwiiz! European girls have got it going on! Or more to the point the Swiss are on a roll as Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé -Dépré clinched a place on the Polson Pier podium with a stupendous victory in the bronze medal match.
Against Larissa/Talita – last year’s Fort Lauderdale champs – Isabelle and Anouk hit back after a slow start to blitz the Brazilians on Center Court and delight the Swiss fans in the crowd.
The South Americans, who came fourth in the Olympics on home sand in Rio, won the first four points but the team from Switzerland stormed back to take a 1-0 lead 21-19.
In the second set Larissa/Talita led in the early stages before the Swiss wrestled the advantage back midway through the set. It was a lead they would not relinquish as Isabelle and Anouk went onto seal victory 21-18 and a bronze medal.
“To finish the season like this is the perfect scenario for us,” Isabelle told us. “They are one of the best teams in the world and I really wish we could play them again this year because we’ve not played them at all during the Olympic qualification cycle.”
The girls’ incredible achievement to topple the South Americans means the podium will be full of teams from Europe – including Joana Heidrich and Nadine Zumkehr of Switzerland.
“It’s really cool!” Isabelle smiled. “Whatever happens it’s been a super season for them and an amazing season for Swiss volleyball. We’ve had fun and proved that we are able to keep up with the best in the world. We’re lucky to have great support from our federation and our coaches.”
For Larissa and Talita there is no rest for the wicked – they have their national tournaments and will keep playing until November before they can finally take a well-earned breather.
But after the defeat Talita held her hands up and admitted the Swiss deserved their success.
“Losing is of course frustrating,” she told us. “We’re always looking for a place in the final or for a medal. But it’s not the worst result. Okay it’s not the best result but we’re always fighting and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose – and today they were better.”
There’s only one match from the women’s tournament to go: the final! Stay tuned on Super Sunday to see who will claim Swatch World Tour Finals gold at 12.15pm!
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