Xiamen, China, April 22, 2017 – Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen enter FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Xiamen Open 2017 semifinal in their first tournament of the year.
The Dutch team make their 2017 debut after winning bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. They are back and they mean business. Brouwer/Meeuwsen opened the day by defeating Norway’s Mathias Berntsen and Christian Sandlie Sorum to reach the quarterfinal, 2-0 (21-14, 21-17).
They then faced USA’s Sean Rosenthal and Trevor Crabb who had sent three teams packing progressing up from qualification. Brouwer/Meeuwsen began the match strongly, but Rosenthal/Crabb would not let the Dutch get away without a fight. Impressive blocking from Crabb paired with the experience and skill of Rosenthal drew the match into the tie-break.
Brouwer/Meeuwsen recomposed in the third to close the match 2-1 (21-16, 17-21, 15-9).
“There was a lot of wind and even a little rain that is difficult to play with, but I think the most important thing is your attitude and keep playing forward and we did that quite well. In the second set, a little bit less so, and then we managed to start really well in the third set and I think that led us to the victory,” said Meeuwen.