World Championship, Menegatti-Gottardi, a company on its debut

The blues beat the Americans Kolinske-Huges, seeded n.6. Victories also for Scampoli-Bianchin and Carambula-Rossi

The beach volleyball World Cup in Rome is starting on the right foot for Marta Menegatti and Valentina Gottardi. The newborn blue couple beat the American Kolinske-Huges, number 6 of the tournament seed, 2-0 (21-17, 21-19). A game particularly conditioned by the wind that blew on the Foro Italico power plant where, starting at 3pm, seven of the nine Italian couples on the draw took turns. And tomorrow at 6 pm it will be the turn of Paolo Nicolai and Samuele Cottafava, fresh winners of the Elite 16 tournament in Jurmala, Latvia.

The right approach

“We are very happy – is Menegatti’s comment immediately after the match against the Americans – because we played a great match and we managed the wind that was constantly changing to perfection. And then Vale made a super performance. She had a great attitude, she was always on the pitch with the right aggression and we managed to do everything we had planned. Ultimately, I can say that it went very well, but in tournaments like these we can’t stop thinking too much, we must immediately refocus on the next match (tomorrow at 7pm against the Spanish Carro-Lobato, ed) “.

Well Scampoli-Bianchin

The first victory of the day in chronological order came from Claudia Scampoli and Margherita Bianchin. The pair, currently the highest ranked Italian team in the women’s ranking, beat Kenyan Makokha-Khadambi 2-0 (21-9, 21-8). A race without history, animated above all in the stands (decidedly sparsely populated) in which echoed the rhythms of a member of the African staff who encouraged his couple in a particularly folkloristic way. All easy for Scampoli-Bianchin who, with this success, climb to first place in the group together with the Germans Borger-Sude, who won 2-0 over the Polish Wojtasik-Kociolek. Shortly before them came the 2-0 defeat (21-11, 21-13) of the very young Margherita Tega (she will turn 18 in August) and Valentina Calì against the Americans Flint-Cheng.

The men

In the men’s field, victory with a little more effort than expected (especially in the first set) for Adrian Carambula and Enrico Rossi against Gambians Jawo-Jarra, with Carambula not in the best of physical condition. “I played trying to control the movements as much as possible – he says – and we’ll see how I will be tomorrow. I hope better to play all our cards in this World Cup ”.

the races of tomorrow

Tomorrow the first blue match is scheduled at 16 with Calì-Tega against Bukovec-Brandie. This was followed by the debut of Windisch-Dal Corso against the Chilean cousins ​​Grimalt, then Nicolai-Cottafava against the Colombians Murray-Rivas. At 7 pm Menegatti-Gottardi with the Spanish Cerro-Lobato, at 8 pm Benzi-Bonifazi against the Norwegian Olympic champions Mol-Sorum, at 9 pm Carambula-Rossi against the Capogrosso brothers and at 10 pm Lupo-Ranghieri against the Dutch Varenhorst-Van de Velde.

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