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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:17 +0300

Double Victories For Cyprus, San Marino and Luxembourg

LIMASSOL, 2 June 2009 - There were double celebrations for both the men and women’s Cyprus Beach Volleyball Teams on Tuesday as they secured victories in their first games.

There were also two consecutive victories for San Marino men’s team and the Luxembourg women’s team.

In the afternoon encounters, Georgios Platritis and Paris Christofi of Cyprus defeated the Maltese team of Daniel Gauci and Paul Vella 2-0 whilst also in a celebratory mood was the duo of fellow Cypriots Manolina Konstantinou και Mariota Aggelopoulou who beat Iceland’s Laufey Bjork Sigmundsdottir και Lilja Jonsdottir.

In front of strong contingent of home supporters, both the Cypriot sides were given the push they needed to advance whilst the interval cheerleaders also added to the afternoon’s entertainment.

Platritis and Christofi’s victory means that they have secured their place in the final four and will now battle it out with nearest rivals San Marino for first place in the pool on Wednesday at 16:00. The Cypriot internationals easily prevailed taking the first set 21-12 before putting on yet another strong performance to seal the second set 21-11 in just 35 minutes.

The Taparini twins, Alfredo and Francesco, also secured victories on Tuesday for San Marino defeating Malta 2-0 before then claiming another victory over Luxembourg 2-0 (21-8, 21-9).

Konstantinou and Aggelopoulou easily won their first game against Andorra 2-0 before then beating Iceland 2-0 (21-14 and 21-18). The Cyprus Women’s Team now needs just one win from Wednesday’s games against Luxembourg (10:15) and Liechtenstein (18:30) to be a sure of a place in the last four.

The only game on Tuesday to be pushed to all three sets was the meeting between Andorra and Monaco in the Men’s event which Andorra eventually won after tie break 2-1 (21-11, 15-21 και 15-11). In the other game, the Luxembourg Women’s Team beat Monaco 2-0 (21-15, 21-15) in just 36 minutes.

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