TEAMS IN SEMI FINALS
The U21 and U19
tournaments that are taking place at Praia da Ribeira,
in Albufeira do Azibo, Macedo de Cavaleiros will enter
tomorrow in a decisive phase with the semi-finals and
finals to be played and which can be followed live
through live stream and at the tv channel Bola TV.
And for the delight of the local public, four Portuguese
teams will play for a place in the finals. On the U21
men’s event Francisco Pombeiro/Jose Jardim and on the
U19, Barbara Freitas / Sara Lourenço, Joao Pedrosa /
Joao Alves and Diogo Pereira / Bruno Santiago with the
curiosity that the men’s team will play each other at
9h50 which guarantees from the start a place for
Portugal in the U19 event.
Bouter/Van Steenis and Gauthier-Rat/Loiseau vs
Storh/Hams, the latter as the 2nd best ranked of the two
groups are the U21 semi finals matches, which final will
take place tomorrow at 16h50.
Before, it will be
played the women semi finals that will put face to face
the French Richard/Placette to the German Kozcian/Welsch
and Chamreau/Lussom from France against
Stubbe/Zwaanswijk from Netherlands, with both matches
being played at 9h00. The final is scheduled for 15h00.
Francisco Pombeiro and Jose Jardim showed that
their experience as a team in previous international
competitions, such as the U19 World Championships, was
well taken advantage off, having won by the maximum
margin the matches against the teams from Spain,
Huerta/Sanchez, and Netherlands, Penninga/Van der Ham,
the latter one the players that won the U21 event, in
“We are lucky to play together for several
years and are very close friends. This is our fourth
year as a team and I think that is a factor that give us
an advantage regarding the other teams that switch
players several times, providing us with positive
The win on the first match may be a
good a foreshadow for these players path in the event.
“It’s always good to enter wining, since it give us even
more confidence. Either in competitions where we play
against players our own age or more experienced ones, we
enter in the competition always with the perspective of
evolving the maximum we can, to have fun doing what we
like best, that is to play volleyball and what is our
main pride, that is to represent Portugal. Afterwards,
obviously, we want to win a competition”, highlighting:
“This WEVZA tournament it’s very important for the
players to gain competitive experience at international
level and in this specific event, assumes even greater
importance since from two weeks from now this same venue
will host the U22 European Championships and we have the
opportunity to prepare better and gain competitiveness
against the other foreign teams”.
In the womens
competition, the French Alexia Richard / Lezana
Placette, created some buzz by qualifying for the U21
semi finals, after defeating, successively the Germans
Bieneck-Nestler, the Portuguese Paquete-Coelho and the
“It’s going as we wanted. We
had the goal to advance from the Group phase and play
for a place in the final. It’s being very good for us
since we will play the U22 European Championships and
will face some of the teams that are at this event. The
level of this tournament seams good and it’s excellent
for our preparation”
A big disappointment ended up by
being the Spanish team Aida Etxebarria / Nerea
Izaguirre, U21 champion in 2014 and that will play
tomorrow against Vanessa Paquete / Gabriela Coelho one
of the classification matches (5th – 8th place).
Regarding the local teams, Vanessa Paquete and Gabriela
Coelho entered with left foot in the competition losing
by 0-2 against the Dutch Stubbe and Zwaanswijk – and
ended on an even worst note, because on the third and
last match, they lost by forfeit (due to injury of
Gabriela Coelho), against the German Bieneck and
Mariana Maia and Francisca Silva will play
tomorrow at 9h00, with Kozcian and Welsch, from Germany,
the classification matches (5th to 8th places).
Portugal surprise in the U19
On the U19, Barbara
Freitas and Sara Lourenço qualified for the semi finals
by securing the 2nd place in Group A, with 2-0 win
against the Spanish Soler/Perez and a defeat (1-2) from
the German Körtzinger and Seeber.
Portuguese players are confident for tomorrow matches,
in which they’ll play in the semi finals, the Germans
Lena Günther and Andrea Harbring.
and Margarida Vasques will play tomorrow the match for
the 5th and 6th places against Soler and Perez from
In the men’s event Joao Pedrosa and Joao
Alves will face their countrymen and friends Diogo
Pereira and Bruno Santiago, which will guarantee from
the start a place in the final for Portugal.
securing the first place in Group A, with victories
only, Diogo and Bruno only have a command word: “win”.