Issa Batrane and team mate Harry Jones have won two out of three matches at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships U21 in Lucerne, Switzerland so far.
Batrane and Jones started their first FIVB age-group World Championships on Wednesday. In the qualification rounds they beat Greece, but lost in the final round to Poland. On the verge of going home they were added to the main draw at the last moment, as lucky losers. Seeded 31st, they played their first match in their pool on Thursday against the second seeded Russians Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Artem Yarzutkin, who also happen to be the reigning youth Olympic champions. The English team lost 2-0 (21-12, 21-14).
The other two pool matches are scheduled for Friday (13th May), against Argentina and China.
Batrane: “Ideally we want to get out of our group. So tomorrow we have two games against China and Argentina. So we’re going to go back with the team, get the game plan sorted out and watch a couple of their games and see what we can do to cause the next two teams some more discomfort and hopefully take a win.”
Meanwhile Issa is enjoying the hospitality of the locals in Lucerne and says it is one of the nicest places he has been to.