Kavalenka and Dziadkou win EEVZA Ukraine Masters on memorable weekend for Belarus
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Kharkiv, Ukraine, June 20, 2016. Aliaksandr Kavalenka and Aliaksandr Dziadkou of Belarus claimed the top honours at the Ukraine Masters – second stop of this year’s EEVZA Beach Volleyball Tour – which came to an end on Sunday in Kharkiv. It was surely a weekend to remember for the Belarusian Beach Volleyball family as Kavalenka and Dziadkou celebrated their success on the same day Viktoryia Siakretava and Viktoryia Shalayeuskaya claimed a historic bronze medal for their home country at the CEV U20 Beach Volleyball European Championship in Antalya, Turkey.
The final of three competition days at Gorky Park in Kharkiv attracted a large audience as the tournament entered its last, most exciting stages, starting with the semi-finals.
The winners of both semi-finals were determined only after about one hour of play and a tie-break. In the first semi, Lithuania’s Arnas Rumsevicius and Lukas Kazdailis edged home heroes Mykola Babich and Iaroslav Gordieiev 17-21, 21-17, 15-12. In the second, Kavalenka and Dziadkou upset the Ukrainian crowd once more by claiming their matchup with Oleksii Denin and Sergiy Popov 20-22, 21-19, 15-11.
The all-Ukrainian bronze medal match was won by Popov/Denin who easily beat their countrymen Babich/Gordieiev 21-17, 21-11 in 35 minutes.
The gold medal match was a real thriller with Rumsevicius/Kazdailis getting a small edge to win the first set 21-19 but Kavalenka and Dziadkou responded by setting the pace from start to end in the second, this resulting in a commanding 21-14 win. They kept on pushing also in the tie-break that followed and cruised to a 15-12 victory that capped a perfect weekend for Belarus’ Beach Volleyball family.
“We really liked this place and the tournament was organised at a very high level,” Aliaksandr Kavalenka commented. “It was our first time in Kharkiv, but we had already competed at some other international tournaments held in Ukraine. We are of course happy with our victory. I am very much hoping that tournaments like this one will become some kind of a tradition for Kharkiv and Ukraine.”
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