2016-09-16 18:58:00 CET
Swiss comeback to book quarterfinal place
“Sorry we lost!” were the sweet words from Canadian team Jamie Lynn Broder and Kristina Valjas after they became the first team to sadly exit the Swatch World Tour Finals in Toronto.
The girls were still smiling despite their defeat to Swiss sensations Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré.
And it could have been oh-so different for the home side as they dominated the first set, storming into a healthy lead. However, Jamie and Kristina didn’t bank on a comeback from Isa and Anouk. The Canadians saved three set points but couldn’t stop the Swiss from leading 1-0.
It was tighter in a tense second set but sadly for the home crowd a net touch from Valjas handed the Swiss the match and a place in the quarterfinals where they meet German duo Laboureur/Sude.
“Every game could be our last of the season,” Isabelle told us. Anouk added: “The quarterfinal will be tough and we will need to show some of our best beach volleyball but also take it point-by-point like we have done. We hope that Swiss and Canadian fans can come out and watch this game.”
There was joy on Court 2 for the Argentinians Gallay/Klug as they booked yet another place in the last eight of an international event thanks to a 2-1 win over Italians Menegatti/Giombini.
It was another tight match that went to the wire. The South Americans won the first set 22-20 but the Europeans levelled 21-19 in a dramatic second set. But the final set saw Gallay/Klug edge ahead and they were able to secure their place in the next round and a meeting with reigning Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals champions Larissa/Talita.
A happy Ana told us: We’re happy being in the top eight, and we know that any quarterfinal will be strong. We’ll play our best to reach the semifinals.”
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