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Old 05-01-2008, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Old 05-11-2008, 06:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Goller and Ludwig continue their winning streak

St. Pölten, May 9, 2008. Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig needed ten games to win the season-opening Spanish Masters of the NESTEA European Championship Tour on Grand Canary three weeks ago. Their tournament had started with the Country Quota-Play-Off and ended with a two-set finals victory against Austria's Sara Montagnolli and Sabine Swoboda.

Now the caravan of the highest-ranking European Beach volleyball tournament series has arrived in St. Pölten for the Austrian Masters from 9-12 May. Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig are again part of the action and have won their first four matches. One match on Thursday for the Country Quota-Play-Off and three on Friday ensuring last year's European silver medalists a spot in the main draw.

In addition to the German duo Spain's Ester Alcon and Olga Matveeva, France's Celine Gemise-Fareau and Mathilde Giordano as well as Efthalia Koutroumanidou and Maria Tsiartsiani from Greece reached the main draw that is set to begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. 16 women's teams will be playing for 50,000 Euros in prize money and important qualification points. The women's defending champions are Vassiliki Karadassiou and Vassiliki Arvanity of Greece.

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Default Beaming brighter than the sun

St. Pölten, May 8, 2008. Even less than a month ago the winter returned to Europe. While everyone was hoping for spring, most Europeans were forced to unpack their snow shovels again. In Austria the only white coating left now lays on the peaks of the mountains.

The skies have cleared just like on the rest of the continent. The sun is shining and the temperatures are worthy of summer time. These are ideal conditions for the Austrian Masters of the NESTEA European Championship Tour that will be held in St. Pölten from Friday until next Monday. Europe's best duos will be playing for a 100,000 € prize money and important ranking list points to qualify for this year’s Final in Hamburg next July where the new European Champions will be crowned.

Austrian Beach Volleyball enthusiast fans have taken a special interest in their home-grown success story as Clemens Doppler and Peter Gartmayer were awarded the gold medal last year in Valencia. Doppler/Gartmayer are now aiming at similar success in front of their home fans in St. Pölten.¨


Winter's final surrender and the summer finally spreading across Europe let the organizers of the Swiss agency Global Sports Marketing (GSM) – which is in charge of managing the tour on behalf of the CEV - beaming brighter than the sun: "Beach Volleyball pros and their fans really could not ask for better conditions than what we have right now", Hinnerk Femerling, Managing Director Operations of the Zurich based marketing agency Global says.


His assessment is certainly right. The ambiance the athletes will come upon in St. Pölten meets the highest international standards. The matches will be played in the former tennis stadium that used to host tournaments of the ATP series. The stadium has since been re-modeled into a multifunctional event arena - a place where Beach Volleyball stars will also feel quite at home.


But not only has the stadium been filled with sand. The makers have also brought the beach to the surrounding area and created a wonderful beach club atmosphere. Femerling invites the Beach Volleyball fans to come to the capital city of Lower Austria. Not only to experience sport at the highest enjoyable level in living colors but also to enjoy the flair that only Beach Volleyball can offer: "It just feels great to feel the sand between your toes again."


Fans attending the tournament within the stadium in St. Pölten can not only watch the men and women serve and spike on the courts but also participate in a MMS-to-Screen competition. The goal is to take a picture or make a short film sequence with your own mobile phone. The best result will be rewarded with an invitation to the VIP area.

Semifinals and finals of the Austrian Masters - scheduled for next Sunday and Monday - will be broadcast live on www.laola1.tv

Live coverage of the Austrian Masters, starting from the 1rst round of the Main Draw, is also provided by www.bwin.com

For more information about the NESTEA European Championship Tour visit: Beach Volleyball - European Championship Tour



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Default Clemens Doppler: “We will not get caught up in the hype

Luxembourg/Zurich, May 5, 2008. Right before the start of the Austrian Masters in St. Pölten, local favorite and top player Clemens Doppler speaks about his team's Olympic plans, the level of beach volleyball play in Europe and how the European Championship title increased the duo’s popularity.

Mr. Doppler, how did the victory of the 2007 European Championship in Valencia affect the popularity of the duo Doppler/Gartmayer in Austria?

We are a lot more established in the Austrian sports scene after Valencia than what we were before the European Championship, we are recognized by the public a lot more as well. There are more interview requests - our entire public relations work has increased quite a bit.


You won the 2003 European title with Nick Berger in Antalya and the 2007 title with Peter Gartmayer. Which title means more to you?

Both titles have the same great significance. I was only 22 in 2003. It was my first big international title making it an incredible experience. And on top of that the dramatic final against Germany's Dieckmann/Reckermann in the blistering heat. Unforgettable. The experience we had last year is also difficult to put into words. We played the tournament only one year after my second rupture of the cruciate ligament. Nobody really thought we had the stuff left to really make a mark. We proved them they were all wrong. The whole thing was a very emotional story for me personally.


Is a victory in St. Pölten an obligation for the duo Doppler/Gartmayer?

Obligation is not the right word in this situation. With the high level of play and the strong competition on the NESTEA European Championship Tour anyone can beat anyone - and so any team can also lose to any other team as well. Our goal is to reach the semi-finals in St. Pölten. Once we make it that far the tournament victory will be within our grasp.


The European elite is especially competitive in the men's competition. At least ten teams have the potential to win the European Championship. How do you assess this development?

What is happening right now is really great and the development is extremely fast. For example: I beat Julius Brink 21:7 and 21:12 in 2003. Three years later he was European Champion and now he is one of the best players in the world. The level of play has never been this high and the competition has never been this tough. You really have to give at least 100 per cent even in the qualification or you will find yourself eliminated before you know what hit you.


The world's elite is focusing its planning on the Olympics in Beijing. What about Doppler/Gartmayer?
Of course the Olympic year is something very special for us. But we are still trying to plan our season as we would do with any other. Beijing definitely has the priority this year, but we will not get caught up in the hype.


As Austrians you will definitely travel to Beijing. Other nations like Germany have a lot of national competition. Top teams will have to stay at home. Do you have a kind of privilege?

Definitely. Though there is one more world-class team in Austria, i.e. Gosch/Horst, but still two teams per nation can qualify so we will definitely be going to Beijing. That certainty takes quite a bit of weight off of our shoulders. The international competition is hard enough. Of course we are glad not to have the extra pressure at home as well. I cannot say I envy the situation the Germans have to cope with.


LAOLA1.tv - the Sport-TV on the Net – will provide a Video-Live-Stream service during the Austrian Masters, which serves as the second leg of the 2008 NESTEA European Championship Tour. Check www.laola1.tv

For more information on the NESTEA European Championship Tour visit Beach Volleyball - European Championship Tour



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Old 05-12-2008, 10:15 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Default A short break at the right time

St. Pölten, May 10, 2008. Anyone who can take a break in between matches can consider himself lucky especially with the sun shining the way it is in Europe at the moment. Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig had to play through the Country Quota-Play-Off and qualification at the Austrian Masters in St. Pölten before decisively beating the Nyström twins from Finland in straight sets in the first round of the main draw.

The German duo has already played a bunch of games although the 100,000 Euro Austrian Masters - the second leg of this year's NESTEA European Championship Tour - has only just begun.
With all of their recent match play an unexpected break was just what the doctor ordered for the winners of the Spanish Masters and last year’s silver medalists at the NESTEA European Championship Final in Valencia. Belgium's Mouha/van Bredam arrived too late for their second round match set for noon resulting in a 0:21, 0:21 loss to Goller/Ludwig according to official regulations.
A refreshing siesta instead of a draining match against a tough opponent: the German duo gladly took the gift. The disappointed Belgian duo did not want to live long with their faux pas on their mind: Mouha/van Bredam beat Spain's Alcom/Matveeva easily in straight sets in the loser's round keeping themselves in the tournament.

The Austrian top duo Montagnolli/Swoboda, however, were eliminated early in their much-anticipated home court performance. First they were defeated in an all-Austrian derby by Gschweidl/Hansel followed by a three-set loss to Gemis-Fareau/Giordano of France. The result: a disappointing final 13th ranking for such a usually successful duo: "We made a lot of mistakes despite our good service", Sara Montagnolli said after the early exit. "The competition on the tour is really tough and nuances decide over winning and losing. You just cannot afford to make as many mistakes as we made today."

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Default In an all-German affair Pohl/Rau win the ladies tournament

St. Pölten, May 11, 2008. Anyone who clicks on www.laola1.tv these days will find a photo gallery with attractive and appealing images of the Austrian Masters, which serves as the second leg of the 2008 NESTEA European Championship Tour. The collection shows the female athletes’ beautiful bodies and of course the famous NESTEA Beach Girls who excite the fans in the arena of St. Pölten with their choreographed dance shows. The commentary stands for itself: “That is something you like to look at!"

The fans in St. Pölten are being spoiled with attractive sport in hot summer temperatures even though the host teams have not had much to cheer about so far at the 100,000 Euro event. When the women’s tournament went into the decisive phase the duos from Austria had long been eliminated and watched the action from the sidelines. All this despites the high expectations the home teams had for this tournament. But this was not due to the fact that all three Austrian teams entering the main draw played well below their potential. The Schwaiger siblings finished fifth as the best Austrian team, the duo Geschweidl/Hansel finished ninth, Sara Montagnolli and Sabine Swoboda - who had previously played in the final of the Spanish Masters - even finished a disappointing 13th. Another nation was the determining factor for the top rankings in St. Pölten: Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig and Stephanie Pohl and Okka Rau made the final an all-German affair.
The final became a high-class duel between two teams that both reside in Kiel and know each other very well due to their proximity. “We have played them so often there is nothing we do not know from each other”, Okka Rau said after their semi-final victory against the Greek European Champions Arvanity/Karadassiou.

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