It was going to happen one day. The winning streak of Georgios Chrysostomou and Pantelis Christidis (pictured) came today to an end, but not without a fight. The home crowd favourites finished the 2015 CEV U20 Beach Volleyball European Championship in 10th place, after losing their second round match against the Finns Santeri Siren and Miro Määttänen in three sets (15-21, 21-15, 15-17). This was one of the best performances by any Cypriot team in the history of Beach Volleyball.
Chrysostomou and Christidis came into this match undefeated, finishing in first place of Pool A. Having lost the first set 21-15, the Cypriot players came back with a vengeance in the second set winning it by the same margin. The deciding set was very close and exciting at the same time. Siren and Määttänen proved in the end too strong for their opponents eventually winning by 17-15.
According to the coach of the Finnish team, Eddy Quiñones, ‘sisu’ which in Finnish means brave heart was the difference between the two teams. The Cuban-born coach added: “The strongest and more experienced team prevailed in the end. Our boys followed my orders to the full. Qualifying into the last eight is another huge success for Finnish Beach Volleyball, after finishing fourth at the Youth Olympic Games last year in Nanjing.”
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