Playa Fañabe, Tenerife played host to three days of professional beach volleyball and ended with Austria as men’s champions and Germany as ladies champions. This was the pre Olympic Continental Cup and the games were contested in the Davis Cup mode, which is used in tennis which meant that all entered teams faced each other. This method ensures that only the most consistent winners fare well and are crowned champions.
Based in Costa Adeje, Playa Fañabe hosted the thrilling ladies final played between Germany and Italy and there was very little to decide between them. After two sets each the game went to a golden set decider where Germany emerged victorious by 15 to 10. Bronze medal went to Spain’s pair after a hard fought game and won the round 3-1
At the start of the men’s competition Spain and Norway were firm favourites to become champions however; Austria played skilfully and with devotion and determination to beat them both. Spain’s players made too many mistakes to get into the final with Austria while playing against the Czech Republic to become bronze winners, the same as their female compatriots. The battle for gold was a close match with Austria leading 2 sets to 0 and the Czechs fighting back to take the third with a score of 2-1 but Austria finalised the games by winning the fourth set 2-0 and taking the medals.
During the 3 day sports-fest, exhibition games were being played in the hopes of drawing new players to the sport, which seemed to have the desired effect as there were many first time spectators taking part…here’s hoping that Spain are in better shape for the Olympics in the UK in 2012.