2016-09-05 16:22:00 CEST
Triumphs before #TorontoFinals
What’s the best thing a beach volleyball team can do before the biggest tournament of the season?
Win a gold medal of course!
And what’s the best thing a beach volleyball tournament can have ahead of the biggest event of the season?
In-form, medal-winning players!
The Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals is set to welcome the world’s best players next week in Toronto.
And for those teams that needed to brush up on their blocking ahead of the season finale tasted success in a number of tournaments ahead of the clashes in Canada.
A1 Major Klagenfurt champions and FIVB World Tour top-ranked team Samoilovs/Smedins put their Olympic disappointment behind them as they stormed to success on home sand in the Jurmala Masters, beating Russian duo Koshkarev/Bykanov.
Meanwhile, at the same tournament, Poreč Major stars Laboureur/Sude topped the podium with a superb straight sets success over fellow Germans Schneider/Mersmann.
Gold was also the color that Swiss stars Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré had hanging around their necks after they beat fellow Toronto finalists Heidrich/Zumkehr in the final of the Swiss coop beachtour competition in Bern.
There was also joy across the Atlantic on the AVP Tour, as last season’s Swatch World Tour Finals silver medalists and this year’s smart Major Hamburg heroes Lucena/Dalhausser warmed up for Toronto with gold at a competition in Chicago.
The duo edged a fascinating battle against fellow Canada-bound Americans Hyden/Bourne in the final, winning 2-1.
Will those victories go on to be important when the crunch comes to the crunch in Canada? Well we haven’t got long to wait to find out!
With these winners – not to mention both Olympic champions also on their way to Toronto – what we do know is that we’re going to have one incredible tournament on our hands!
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