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It’s over in Utrecht. The Spanish duo Gavira/Herrera reached the semi-finals of the European Championship beach volleyball beating their Swiss opponents Beeler/Kratinger 21 – 19, 21-18 in the last game played in the ‘Neude stadium’, this Saterday afternoon.
The ambiance was perfect in Utrecht: sunny weather, enthousiastic public (2000 people): the stadium constructed on the idyllic Neude square was full. In confidence, the Spanish duo always were in the lead during the game, despite of some ”reception problems”, the number two Herrera said after the game. The Spanish move to The Hague on Sunday for the semi-final and eventually the final.
For the Swiss duo, the adventure began and ends in the ‘Domstad’. Disappointed but satisfied of their week, where their popularity was rising. “We tried to wind up the crowd with some hands gestures”, explained Kratinger after the match. He commented further: ”That can explain it. But that wasn’t enough against our stable Spanish opponents. They were a little more calm and we missed the luck at the important moments. When balls fall at the wrong side of the net”.
As the Spanish did, the Swiss boys appreciated their week in Utrecht. “We went every day from the hotel to the stadium and training accommodation by bike. We saw also a lot of the city, for example during a kayak tour.”
For Utrecht, the event was also a success. Every evening a full house. That wasn’t the case in the other stadiums of the competition (Apeldoorn, Rotterdam, The Hague).