The United Nations Volleyball Cup takes place in Vienna from Tuesday to Sunday. The stadium at Heumarkt affords as much as 2,800 seats for the present.
Because of the lack of options, the large seaside volleyball occasion organized by organizer Hannes Jagerhofer continues this week because the newly created Nations Cup with eight European nations of every gender. The nationwide group duels between the 2 groups ought to create a world ambiance on the stadium in Vienna’s Heumarkt. Austria’s ladies begin in opposition to Italy on Tuesday. The lads meet the Czech Republic on Wednesday.
Austrians count on a home benefit
The match began with two groups out of 4, with the winners going on to the semi-finals. Second and third place compete within the center spherical, with solely the final being eradicated. If there’s a tie within the nation after two matches, the deciding group will probably be performed. Participant substitutions can be made for this goal. Former world champion Alexander Horst and Franziska Friedl are additionally obtainable as substitutes.
It must be simple for Robin Seidl / Philipp Waller and Martin Ermacora / Moritz Pristauz to outlive the group stage. The Netherlands are the strongest of all pool opponents. Like different nations, the Czechs would not have their finest record and Estonia is an exception. “We’re prepared and excited to see how far we are going to go together with our teammates. The house crowd will certainly push us ahead,” burdened Seidl on the opening press convention on Monday. Waller can also be wanting ahead to the brand new occasion. “Representing Austria with Martin and Mo will probably be nice.”
The match format shouldn’t be solely about concessions
Nevertheless, the format – which the European affiliation CEV needs to determine yearly – doesn’t meet with unanimous approval. “I used to be skeptical about this, however it’ll undoubtedly be an thrilling expertise and anybody can rip anybody,” defined Schützenhöfer. The Styrian will face Lena Plesiutschnig, Dorina and Ronja Klinger along with Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic. Nevertheless, Ronja Klinger was affected by a abdomen bug on Monday, Friedl could should step in. No matter this, her sister Dorina is ready for the “cauldron”. This may very well be even hotter from Wednesday as a result of anticipated warmth.
With 2,800 spectators, the world in Heumarkt has a capability of 600 greater than final yr, because the association of the stands was modified. As it’s being carried out for the primary time in 2021, it isn’t unusual for seaside followers to pay once more. There are separate tickets for the afternoon and night classes. Within the earlier massive Jagerhofer tournaments within the greatest stadiums on the Vienna Island of the Danube (2017-2019) and a few years earlier than that in Klagenfurt, entry was all the time free.
It’s deliberate to return to the Danube Island
That and the location of tournaments on the FIVB Tour is historical past for now. As a result of Jagerhofer doesn’t take part within the ProTour, which has lately been bought to the middle of the world group FIVB. Because of this and since the European and world championships have been taken for a very long time, the newly created Cup of Nations was accepted with out ready. Subsequent yr, nonetheless, they wish to return to the Danube Island on an even bigger scale, maybe with a renewed EM within the traditional mode. Earlier than that, nonetheless, the Cup of Nations in this system “as a bridge”, as former knowledgeable Robert Nowotny put it.
With the Swiss European champions Tanja Hüberli/Nina Brunner and Anders Mol/Christian Sörum from Norway, the strongest pairs aren’t taking part in within the Austrian groups. Mol/Sörum have dominated the occasions for a number of years, final yr they received Olympic gold after which received the European Championships in Vienna. This yr he grew to become the world champion once more for the primary time.