Brouwer and Meeuwsen capture bronze at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS beach volleyball
Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen have Sunday bronze conquered at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS of beach volleyball. The Dutch duo was in the Latvian Jurmala in the small final to strong for Dries Koekelkoren and Tom van Walle from Belgium.
Brouwer and Meeuwsen had three sets to deal with Koekelkoren/Van Walle: 21-17, 17-21 and 15-11.
The Dutch were Saturday sentenced to the battle for the bronze by a defeat against the second-placed Italians Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo in the semifinals (25-23, 15-21 and 11-15).
Brouwer/Meeuwsen and Koekelkoren/Van Walle come together in the last few weeks often. In the group stage of the european CHAMPIONSHIP there was a Dutch victory (21-17 and 21-16), while the Belgians beginning of August, the earnings picked up in the second round of the world CHAMPIONSHIP in Vienna (21-17, 20-22 and 8-15).
Brewer (27) and Meeuwsen (29) were not previously on the podium at a european CHAMPIONSHIP. However, the torque in the 2013 world champion and got the Dutch, last year’s bronze at the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro.
“This is a very important victory for us, we are very happy with it,” said Meeuwsen directly after.
Brouwer/Meeuwsen struck halfway through the first set of a hole of four points in a cloudy Jurmala. The Belgians came back to 18-16, but at 20-17, an ace for a 1-0 lead in sets for the Dutch.
Koekelkoren and Walle names at the beginning of set two by what slordigheidjes by their opponents a lead of four points. Brouwer and Meeuwsen worked that backlog away and came at 11-11, but then they let the Belgians get away: 17-21.
That setback seemed to have no effect on the Dutch couple, in the decisive third set quickly with a reassuring lead and took 8-3.
That margin gave them no more from hands, allowing them to revenge names for the last two european CHAMPIONSHIPS. Both in 2015 as a 2016 ended Brouwer/Meeuwsen as the fourth by a defeat in the consolation class.