This year’s ladies competition in the fourth round of the Timeout Beach Five Series attracted some of the best beach volleyball athletes in the country battling it out for the title of ‘Queen of the Beach’ at the DTS Beach Arena in Windhoek last weekend.
African Continental Cup finalists Rosi Hennes, Steff Palmhert and Under-19 World Championship participants Michi Böhringerand Kristin Schulz were among the few names making up the field of 12 athletes.
The ladies played in three groups of four athletes, playing round robin, with bottom four dropping out after each of the first two rounds. The final four included Rosi, Kristin, Steff and Simone von Wietersheim. After a battle royal three athletes finished on two out of three wins and the podium places were then decided on point difference.
Steff Palmhert finished in bronze medal position with a record of 13-21, 21-18 and 21-15 (+1 points), in second, Kristin Schulz 15-21, 21-13 and 21-18 (+5) and the Queen of the Beach title went to Simone von Wietersheim with a winning record of 18-21, 21-13 and 21-15 (+11).
The men’s category comprised of 18 athletes, with the two top seeds getting a bye into the second round. The competition comprised of Under-19 World Championship participants Daniel & Fabian Pfeifer, senior Namibian international Jan-Eric Sack and Zimbabwean Panashe Chiguta. It took three rounds of action to find the final four athletes with notable performances from Danilo von Ludwiger (16th) making it to the third round.
A notable performance was given by 14-year-old Andriko Böhringer, who made it through three rounds and into the final four in his first senior competition, finishing 4th overall, a huge achievement for the young star. In the final the pattern of the day continued with three athletes all winning two out of three matches, with the title being decided by point’s difference. It was a close call for 2nd and 3rd place being separated by 2-point difference.
Panashe finished in bronze position with +9 and Andriko von Ludwiger finished with silver +11 points. But the clear winner was Jan-Eric Sack with +21 points, who took the King of the Beach Title for the second year in a row.
A massive thanks goes to tournament sponsor; Red Bull Interpack for providing N$6 000 in prize money and medals.
The Timeout Beach Volleyball Series 2016 makes its last stop of the year at the Mole Beach in Swakopmund for the Fabupharm Swakop Masters on October 22 and 23. For further details, contact James Verrinder at Timeout Beach Volleyball Academy via firstname.lastname@example.org
1st Jan-Erick Sack
2nd Andriko von Ludwiger
3rd Panashe Chiguta
1st Simone von Wietersheim
2nd Kristin Schulz
3rd Steff Palmhert
1st Deon Heinrich Cloete
2nd John Beukes
3rd Ruben Delie
1st Selma Nahambo
2nd Karin Curschmann
3rd Kirsten Schreiber
Social Mixed 4-a-side
3rd Phoenix Y