Ljubljana, Slovenia, August 2, 2019 – Three Slovenian pairs topped their pools in the men’s main draw tournament of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Ljubljana 1-star on Friday.
Thursday’s qualification round was all about Austria in the men’s tournament, but on the second day of the event the home teams stole the spotlight, as Danijel Pokersnik and Jure Peter Bedrac, who joined forces less than two months ago made an upset on heavy favourites Ruben Penninga and Jasper Bouther of the Netherlands.
“We are very happy that we ended the pool phase with two wins,” Danijel Pokersnik said. “Ruben and Jasper were tough opponents, but our solid performance brought us to the quarterfinals. I am looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd tomorrow.”
Besides Tadej Bozenk and Vid Jakopin, the second Slovenian pair to qualify to the top eight are Nejc Zemljak and Jan Pokersnik after their win against the Czech Republic’s David Lenc and Filip Habr.
“Our goal for today was to claim two victories and qualify directly to the quarterfinals,” Jan Pokersnik said. “Lenc and Habr proved to be tough rivals. Although we did not start the match as we planned, we managed to keep our focus, we did not make any mistakes and the win was there.”Quick links - Beach volleyball:
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Dutch duo Mees Blom and Yorick de Groot was the fourth team to progress directly to the quarterfinals, whilst Austria’s Jakob Reiter/Simon Baldauf and Florian Ertl/Johannes Kratz stormed through the Round of 12.
The last two matches of the day were postponed due to storm and heavy rain, and will resume on Saturday morning.