Malbork, Poland, August 3, 2019 – Patrikas Stankevicius and Audrius Knasas remain on course at the Polish party when they were the only non-Polish team to reach the quarterfinals on day two of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 1-Star Malbork tournament on Saturday.
The Lithuanians beat Latvia’s Toms Smedins and Haralds Regza 2-0 (21-15, 21-19) to set up a clash against Poland’s Mariusz Prudel and Mikolaj Miszczuk who defeated Lithuania’s Artur Vasiljev and Robert Juchnevic 2-1 (21-14, 18-21, 15-10).
It is the first time that Malbork in Poland’s north east is hosting a World Tour tournament and it is taking place in a 650-year-old castle. The winning team in Malbork will collect the €1,000 first-place prizes and claim 200 Tokyo 2020 Olympic points.
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The other semifinal pitches two Polish side against one another.
Martin Chiniewicz and Michal Korycki enjoyed a 2-1 (16-21, 21-12, 15-10) victory over Italy’s Manuel Alfieri and Mauro Sacripanti to reach their first semifinal in their fourth World Tour tournament together.
They will now face Michal Kadziola and Marcin Ociepski, who are playing in their first World Tour tournament as a tandem, and who defeated the Czech Republic’s Jindrich Weiss and Martin Tichy 2-0 (21-12, 21-15).