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2016-07-08 15:03:00 CET

Poreč champions on fire in the Alps

Qualifiers keep on winning

Laboureur/Sude are in the quarterfinals for the second week running. Photocredit: Armin Walcher.Laboureur/Sude are in the quarterfinals for the second week running. Photocredit: Armin Walcher.

There is no stopping Poreč Major champions Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude as they marched into the quarterfinals here at the Gstaad Major.

And in a repeat of last week’s semifinal, the German qualifiers overcame their countrywomen Karla Borger and Britta Büthe in a wonderful last 16 match out on Court 3.

Laboureur/Sude took the first set convincingly 21-13 but Poreč bronze medalists Borger/Büthe stormed back to level the match in the second set.

But just when it looked as though Borger/Büthe had wrestled the momentum back, Sude came up with two successive blocks in a series of five consecutive winning points to put her team in the driving seat. Last week’s heroes won 12 of the last 17 points. And who lie in wait in the quarterfinal? Ludwig/Walkenhorst!

“We’re playing very strong right now,” Chantal told us afterwards. “We try to focus on every game but today was a lot different from the semifinal in Croatia. “We needed to calm down in the third set and settle down because we made a lot of mistakes in the second set.”

As their unbeaten run continues like a runaway train, the question is are the girls playing their best ever volleyball?

“I wouldn’t say the best, but I would say it’s different!” laughed Julia. “But it feels good!

“Today was a little bit harder because the pressure was off us in the semifinal last week as we’d not been in a semifinal before and they had.

“As Chantal said, we needed to focus because they tried to influence our game and throw us off our rhythm in the second set – but we kept calm and our block defence helped us win.”

In the first group of quarterfinals, Menegatti/Orsi Toth and Larissa/Talita both came through to set-up another meeting between the teams. The two met in the round of 16 in Poreč where the Italians caused an upset.

Germany will be represented by three teams in the last eight with Holtwick/Semmler also through. Walsh Jennings/Ross and Sweat/Fendrick of the USA are through, too as are Meppelink/Van Iersel of the Netherlands.

The matches take place later today, beginning at 17:00 CET. Click here for the full draw and don’t forget to watch the live stream on our website.

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