On most FIVB World Tour occasions throughout the globe, the depth of the sand is nearly by no means a problem.
On the World Collection of Seashore Volleyball, nevertheless, it’s a technique-defining issue.
Within the first males’s semifinal match on the ultimate day of the WSOBV in Lengthy Seashore, Canadians Sam Pedlow and Sam Schachter used the shallower-than-regular sand to their benefit of their come-from-behind three-units (sixteen-21, 21-15, 15-eleven) victory over Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak of Poland.
After dropping the primary set to the Polish duo, who’re well-known on tour for his or her misdirectional fashion of play, Pedlow and Schachter knew that one thing needed to change. They determined that Pedlow can be extra aggressive over the web to assist take the strain off of Schachter, who was tasked with digging, transitioning, and siding out on virtually each play.
The technique shift was aided by the truth that Lengthy Seashore is a “hitters seashore,” in response to Pedlow.
“This can be a hitters seashore, so that you gotta rise up of their face,” he stated. “Hermosa, for instance, is admittedly, actually deep, so it’s a shooters seashore as a result of the blokes can’t run as quick. You’ll be able to chip the ball and he’s not gonna have the ability to run it down. Right here should you chip the ball, he can seize onto the sand fairly fast and transfer. However for those who rise up there, you’re so excessive you’ll be able to simply hit it straight down.”
The Canadians stated they have been additionally helped by their familiarity with Losiak and Kantor. They ceaselessly practice with the Polish volleyball gamers all year long.
“I feel that’s why each time we play them it’s so shut, as a result of we all know one another so nicely. I feel Piotr and I are very comparable gamers. Nobody is like Bartosz although,” he stated with amusing.
Within the gold-medal match, Pedlow and Schachter confronted off towards Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, who within the different semifinal simply dealt with fellow People Theodore Brunner and Casey Patterson in straight units (21-eleven, 21-19).
Towards the 6-foot-9 Dalhausser, nevertheless, the Canadians struggled mightily.
The six-time Affiliation of Volleyball Professionals “Greatest Blocker of the Yr” used his prolonged body to bat away loads of photographs from Pedlow and Schachter on the internet, serving to himself and Lucena cruise to a straight-units victory to win the Presidents Cup (21-18, 21-15.)
The People set the tone within the first set, benefiting from Dalhausser’s peak and Lucena’s athleticism to leap out to an early eleven-three lead in entrance of a raucous crowd. Dalhausser says that the important thing to him with the ability to block so successfully is the truth that he is ready to give attention to each the ball and the hitter.
“The large false impression is that you simply simply watch the ball the entire time,” he stated. “You watch the ball and you set your physique in the best place and then you definitely watch the hitter and see for those who can decide up something on what he’s gonna do. And that’s onerous to do since you lose sight of the ball, it’s sort of in your peripheral. In order that’s the primary factor for me.”
Towards Pedlow and Schachter, he says that he and Lucena had so as to add only a little bit of deception to their technique as properly.
“These guys are each good offensive gamers and we have been making an attempt to make strikes. We virtually made strikes on each block, which suggests sort of displaying them one factor, then dive the opposite means, and it occurred to work.”
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