USA’s Miles Partain & Andrew Benesh win Bronze in Ostrava

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, June 4, 2023.- Miles Partain & Andrew Benesh of the United States won the bronze medal at the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Elite16 men’s tournament on Sunday in Ostrava.

Miles Partain & Andrew Benesh, seeded 13th in the main draw bracket, made their way to the podium after starting their Ostrava quest from Wednesday’s qualifiers. Their bronze was the pair’s second medal on the Beach Pro Tour, after the gold they took at the first Dubai Challenge in October.

Partain & Benesh had to go against home favourites Ondrej Perusic & David Schweiner and the fantastic Ostrava crowd on the centre court stands that cheered the Czech team on. However, that seemed to be counter-productive for the Perusic & Schweiner this time as they made far too many unforced errors allowing the Americans to dominate throughout the match and celebrate a 2-0 (21-14, 21-17) upset of the fourth-seeded opponents.

 Schweiner was the best scorer of the match with 18 points, while defender Perusic finished with seven. Benesh had 15 and Partain – 13.

Miles Partain & Andrew Benesh

In the semifinals Partain & Benesh took the first set of that match, but then Qatar’s Cherif Younousse & Ahmed Tijan fought back to win it by 2-1 (18-21, 21-17, 15-9). Ahmed outscored everyone on the court with 23 points, including an ace, while Cherif raised three kill blocks and also aced once to tally 17 points to his name. Benesh finished with 22 points, while Partain added another 15.

Reigning Olympic and world champions, FIVB World Ranking leaders and defending Ostrava trophy-holders Anders Mol & Christian Sorum of Norway won the gold medal over  Cherif & Ahmed 2-1 (21-15, 19-21, 15-12).

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