Baku 2015: Sheaf determined to fight back after opening loss

17 June 2015 / 09:11

Jake Sheaf was immediately turning his attention towards bouncing back stronger after he and partner Chris Gregory lost to Austria in their opening beach volleyball game at the European Games.

Drawn in Group G alongside Austria, Estonia and Spain, the duo were hoping to get off to a winning start at the Beach Arena.

It started off well with the Brits going toe-to-toe with Tobias Winter and Lorenz Peter Petutschnig in the opening set before just losing out 21-19 in 20 minutes.

But they were unable to regain their composure as the Austrians maintained the pressure and subsequently wrapped up the second set, and with it the match, after another 15 minutes.

It leaves the Austrians top of the group along with Estonia, winners over Spain, with Sheaf and Gregory taking on the latter next on Thursday.

“We had a good start to the match, took an early lead but then just made some crucial errors to lose it,” said the 25-year-old.

“And then second set they just piled on the pressure with the serves and we just didn’t really have an answer for it.

“It was pretty blustery conditions out there, hopefully it’s given us a stepping stone to tomorrow. Two more matches to go, we are still well in it.”

Gregory, who made his Great Britain beach volleyball debut at the Under 21 World Championships in 2009 before competing at the World Cup in 2011, was also remaining upbeat.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” he said. “We’ve still got every chance and every confidence going into it. We’ll take some lessons from that match and implement them into the next games.”

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