Dries Koekelkoren and Tom van Walle (FIVB 21) Wednesday of their first team contest won on the World Tour Beachvolleytoernooi (five stars) in the Swiss Gstaad. They stuntten against the Austrian vicewereldkampioenen Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst (FIVB 6), which the Belgians are already certain that they have the group stage to survive.
The Belgian champions won in three sets 18-21, 21-15 and 15-12 of Doppler and Horst, well last year for silver at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Vienna. The next opponents in group G are at 19h Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan (FIVB 16) from Qatar. They were 21-18 and 23-21 too strong for the Russians Nikita Liamin/Viacheslav Krasilnikov (FIVB 8), that the bronze picked up at the recent world CHAMPIONSHIPS.
The poulewinnaars punches straight to the eighth-finals, the numbers two and three come into action in the sixteenth-finals.
From Sunday, join Koekelkoren and Walle to the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in the Netherlands (15-22 July).