The event, which started 76 total men and women’s teams representing 26 nations saw Sunday’s medal matches in each gender televised live throughout Turkey on D Spor.
Starting out strong with precise hitting, serving and defense, Aulenbrock, 17 of Georgsmarierhutte and Bieneck, 18 of Berlin, won the gold medal match over last year’s bronze medalists Chaika/Karapischenko, both of Moscow, 21-18 and 21-15 in 36 minutes on the Alanya centre court.
“We are overcome with joy to be able to beat a team as talented as Chaiki and Karapischenko and win the SWATCH FIVB Youth World Champions,” said Aulenbrok after the match. “It’s unbelievable. The won last year’s European under-18 championship and finished third last year in the youth world championships. I lost to them with a different partner last year in the European event. We played hard today and very much like a team although this was our first major tournament together. We helped each other on the court and it all came together like we had hoped.”
Aulenbrock/Bieneck, who gave their country its second straight and third overall gold medal in this event, were undefeated at 7-0 in Alanya and Bieneck was selected as the Swatch Best Player of the Tournament.
Climbing to the top of the podium, Aulenbrock/Bieneck marched to the gold medal by first beating fellow German’s Isabell Schneider/Sandra Seyfferth (23-25, 21-16 in 58 minutes), then besting Latvia’s Laura Avena/Ilze Liepinlauska (21-16 and 21-15 in 39 minutes) in pool play. In the single-elimination bracket play, the German champions by defeating Czech Republic’s Lenka Grygarova/Stepanka Stastna 21-18 and 21-12 in 33 minutes,SA’s Jane Croson/Summer Ross (21-12 and 21-18 in 39 minutes) and Russia’s Ksenia Sukhareva/Maria Ushkova (21-19 and 21-19 in 39 minutes) before their gold medal victory over Chaiki/Karapischenko.
In earning the silver medal Chaika/Karapischenko, who finished with a 6-1 record, gave Russia its second medal in the eight-year history of this event.
In another exciting and close match, Russia’s Ksenia Sukhareva/Maria Ushkova, both of Moscow came from behind and then held off Poland’s Ola Samul, of Warsaw and Izabela Soja of Sosnowiec, to capture the Bronze Medal, 19-21, 21-18 and 15-10 in 54 minutes. In both sets, the action stayed close with neither team taking a lead of more than four points, and several ties.
Both teams came through the qualifier into the main draw. In the deciding set that was last tied at 8-8, Russia took its first two-point lead 10-8 with a lob serve by Sukhareva that landed just inside the back corner for an ace and went up by 11-8 on a Sukhareva block. Poland closed the gap to 9-11 and 10-12 before Russia scored the final three points of the match.
Sukhareva/Ushkova ended the international tournament with a 7-2 record while Samul/Soja left Turkey 5-4.
The two women’s podium placements gives Russia three women’s medals in the eight years of this event. Germany now has nine women’s teams advance to the final four while Poland added its fifth to the elite group.
The event was fourth FIVB international beach volleyball event held in Turkeyand and first world championship as the picturesque Mediterranean seaside resort city of Alanya was the site of the double gender competition. The eighth annual event was held for the first time in Alanya, which is located on the Gulf of Antalya and is situated between the Taurus Mountains to the north and the Mediterranean Sea.
The 2009 SWATCH FIVB Youth World Championships were produced by Su Ltd. of Istanbul in association with the Turkish Volleyball Federation, based in Ankara. Primary sponsor is TADIM along with the Alanya Municipality, LILAMS, ERIKLI, MODULER SOGUTMA SISTEMLERI. Associate sponsor is Radio D.
Additional event information is available a www.beachvolleytr.com and at www.fivb.org.
FRANK UIJLENBROEK WORLDSPORTPICS