Slovakian pair misses the chance to qualify for Round 2 of Main Draw – Volleyball News
Dubovcova-Nestarcova of Slovakia was one of the duos that entered the Main Draw of Mazury Orlen with high hopes to play in the final stage of the tournament. However, the Slovak pair ended up with 2-2 record in Round 1 and got disqualified from the competition.
Let’s have a little rundown on their overall performance in the tournament.
Slovakian 17th-seeded pair of Dubovcova and Nestarcova jumped to a good start in the competition. They played their first match against Maria Clara-Lili of Brazil on Wednesday, August 15. Brazilian team was ranked higher than the Slovaks and used
a tactful play to down the Slovaks. Dubovcova-Nestarcova had a firm ambition of victory and did not allow the counterparts to win the match. Slovakian pair sent 21-13, 17-21, 11-15 on board and clinched 2-1 success in the opening match. It took them 33 minutes
to dismantle the power of Brazilian duo.
Following a good start in the campaign, the Slovak pair went against top team of the competition in the second fixture of the day. Top-ranked American Jennifer Kessy and April Ross proved to be too strong for Dubovcova-Nestarcova and won the match in straight
sets, 2-0 (21-11, 21-13). It was the first loss for Slovak pair in Stare Jablonki, which moved the team to 1-1 in the competition.
Dubovcova-Nestarcova returned to action on the next day and faced off Poland’s Pregowska-Bekier, 2-0 (21-11, 21-9). The home duo failed to profit from the familiar conditions and easily gave out the match to visiting Slovakian pair.
Nestarcova produced powerful serves and influenced the opponents in the first frame. Likewise, Dubovcova enjoyed a great form and put more pressure on the rival side. They claimed the opening set with good margin of 10 points. Polish ladies remained in the
cold waters and suffered the loss of another set in row, which led Slovakia to 2-0 victory in the match.
Success in the third match created ray of hope for Slovakian pair to advance to the next round. Nonetheless, the team was challenged by powerhouse Brazilian duo of Talita and Antonelli. The two teams crossed their ways on Thursday in Stare Jablonki, Poland.
Brazilian duo opened the match on a high note and came strong on the Slovaks. Powerful cross court shots and tricky bump passes of Brazilian players allowed them to win the first set at 21-13. Second set also came successful for Talita-Antonelli as they sent
21-11 on board. Slovaks lost the match and dropped the chances to move to the next round of the competition.