The United States and Portugal are the champions of the World University Championchip Beach Volleyball in the female and male categories, respectively. The arena set up at Praia de Pajuçara, in Maceió – AL, was the center of attractions for world university sports during the five days in which the matches were played. A total of 122 athletes from twenty-three countries participated in the competition.
Americans Julia Scoles and Hailey Harward climbed to the top of the podium after defeating Spain’s Daniela Mendoza and Tânia Matveeva, who came in second. The match was dominated by the american duo who closed the score in two sets to zero. The bronze medal went to Puerto Rico by Maria Gonzalez and Allanis Sanchez. The Puerto Ricans beat Germany’s Grüne and Christ by two sets to zero.
In the men’s, the gold went to Portugal, which defeated Switzerland in a super game, played point by point. The Portuguese João Pedrosa and Hugo Campos beat the Swiss Immanuel Zürcher and Jonathan Jordan in the tie-break. The game was two sets to one for Portugal.
Hugo Campos spoke of the feeling of becoming world champion in university beach volleyball: “We have no words to describe what we are feeling after this very fierce final. We managed to turn it around and it’s a feeling of gratitude, it’s a sign that the work we’re doing is being rewarded. We are very happy”.
João Pedrosa, on the other hand, thanked the Brazilian fans for their energy during the competition: “It’s like we were at home, he gave us extra strength in the most decisive moments and that made the difference. We are very grateful for that.” Hugo also expressed affection for the fans in Brazil: We are very happy, we were very well received. We love the Brazilian people!”.
Pedrosa took the opportunity to praise the organization of the competition: “For me it was fantastic. The organization was excellent, all the games had fans. It’s great for me to be here.” The bronze went to the Germans Maximillian Just and Lui Wüst, who won the Spaniards Huerta and Jimenez, third place was only defined in the tie-break.