Dutch duo win nation’s first beach volleyball medal

Dutch duo win nation’s first beach volleyball medal

Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands defeated Russia’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov 23-21, 22-20 to secure their nation’s first beach volleyball medal.

The Dutch men edged out the Russians to take the first set 23-21. Brouwer/Meeuwsen held the lead in the second set but the Russian men challenged back, tying the teams at 20-20 until the Dutch men pulled away to win the match 23-21, 22-20.

Brouwer/Meeuwsen entered the tournament as the second seed and finished preliminary play at the top of Pool B. Prior to the loss against Alison/Bruno Schmidt in the semifinals, the duo only dropped one set in the tournament.

The Dutch men began playing together in 2011 but made a name for themselves on the international circuit when they won the 2013 FIVB World Championships.

Brouwer/Meeuwsen now hold the Netherland’s only beach volleyball medal. Compatriots Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil nearly secured bronze at the London Games but fell to Latvia’s Plavins/Smedins in the men’s bronze medal match.

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