Glenzke/Grossner win European Championships – and are denied further support by the German volleyball association (DVV)
With an impressive performance German team Glenzke/Grossner have won the 2017 CEV Beach Volleyball European Championship Final in Jurmala, Latvia. In the gold medal match they beat Kolocova/Kvapilova (Czech Republic) 2:1. In a close match the Germans had lost the first set to have a great comeback and win the second set and the tie-break. Their win in the final means a major victory for them and was another great performance after eliminating Olympic, World and European Champions Ludwig/Walkenhorst (also Germany) in the quarterfinals.
Their win has some bizarre taste regarding their role within the German volleyball association (Deutscher Volleyball Verband, DVV). Julia Grossner (29) had been denied further support by the DVV earlier this month. In January this year, Glenzke and Grossner had moved from Berlin to Hamburg, the central beach volleyball hub in Germany, to be funded and promoted by the DVV. The DVV has now cancelled the official support for Grossner due to lack of perspective. This decision seems even more absurd after Glenzke/Grossner also beat their German colleagues Bieneck/Schneider in the round of 16. Bieneck/Schneider will continue to be supported by the German volleyball association (DVV).
“We could not believe to play this final but we kept our focus”, said Grossner afterwards. If German DVV officials do not reconsider their decision, Glenzke/Grossner will not perform together in future championships.