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25 June 2013
Cairo, Egypt, June 23, 2013- Tin Hlupic and Gerard Fischer, Namibia’s U21 National Beach Volleyball team ended their FIVB World Championships campaign as one of the best African countries at the tournament held in Umag, Croatia. Namibia's duo of Hlupic / Fischer and Tunisian men's team of Arfaoui / Korbi were the only two African teams in the World Champs progressing from the group round to the next stage.
Both African teams were however not able to overcome stronger opponents in the knock-out phase of the competition and failed to make it into the final 16 of the tournament.
Fischer Hlupic were overpowered in the first set by Takvam /Sannarnes from Norway, losing the set 21-8. They then put on a strong fight in the second set, but were not able to turn around the match losing the second set 21-18.
The Tunisian duo lost their match against Kirienko / Uraikin from Russia 2:0 (21-12, 21-9).
The performance of the Tin and Gerard at the World Championships showed a great improvement compared to their level of play at the U19 Beach Volleyball World Championships in which they participated last year in Cyprus. 2013 also being the team’s first year in the U21 age category leaves great expectations for years to come.
In the ladies category Namibian Julia Lagger and Saskia Henckert failed to advance from the group phase into the next round. The team however showed good performances against their counterparts from Brazil, Poland and Australia and gained significant experience on the international stage.
“Laggner and Henckert only teamed up at the beginning of this year as new Namibian combination and with the tournament being Saskia’s first international competition, significant growth and performance improvements are still expected from this team”, commented NVF president, Heiko Diehl.
It is however only with the financial support of Namibian companies, such as Henckert Tourist Centre, African Packaging, Windhoek Consulting Engineers, Rockwater Consulting, Scania Namibia, Absolute Logistics as well as the support of CB Enterprises, Denchi Consulting Engineers, South African Airways and the African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB), that our teams can grow and develop into one of the top teams in world.
After returning from the World Champs, the teams will now sit down and start setting their next goals, together with National team coach, Achim Lück. The Namibian Volleyball Federation is also currently working towards one of their next goals, qualifying one of Namibia’s top youth Beach Volleyball teams for next year’s Youth Olympic Games.
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