A podium position at the European Championships slipped through the fingers of volleyball player Adrián Gavira


Last Sunday, Adrián Gavira and Pablo Herrera werejust a step away from the podium in the final of the European Championship. The sportsman, who has settled in Rincón de la Victoria, and his partner from Castellon, despite successfully closing the tournament, finished the Cagliari (in Italy) date in fourth place after having lost two games in the last day of the competition.

In the first of them, the semifinal, Gavira-Herrera fell by 2-1 (15-21, 21-16 and 15-10) before the Latvians Samoilovs-Smedins J., the couple in the tournament's number one spot and current world champions. The Spaniards, who held the European championship title in 2013, began very well, winning the first set with relative ease thanks to controlled blocking and serves. However, the Latvians knew how to react and, setting a high pace, the game ended up taking a turn.A match finishing with the Latvians' lead.

Four hours after the semifinal, Gavira-Herrera competed for the bronze medal in a duel against the AustriansDoppler-Horst. This pair were 'tormentors' for the Spanish in the semifinals of the Masters de Baden the week before, when they won by 2-0. On Sunday, in a game of equal or greater intensity than the previous, Doppler-Horst again managed to take the winning punch.

There was great similarity between the two games for third and fourth place and each point was disputed as though it was the last. The Spanish double started the first set in front, with a score of 21-18, but in the second the Austrians pushed and managed to even the score with 16-21. Again, the bronze medal was going to be decided by atie-breaker and, during this, neither of the two pairs lowered the rhythm, small details were those that marked the differences and Gavira-Herrera lost on a rally of 12-15.

"It's a shame, but again we have demonstrated that we're here. It has been a brilliant tournament for us and now we have to focus on the next test, the Grand Slam in Moscow", words of the Castellonense at the end of the tournament. This World Tour test will begin next Wednesday, although the Spanish pair will enter directly in the main draw from Thursday.

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