Beach volleyball: “She’s my little sister, but also my competitor on the field”

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Anouk Vergé-Dépré is not yet ready to let his cadet Zoé take him to the beach volleyball courts. And especially not at the Worlds. Duel between the two sisters, this Wednesday, at 7 p.m., in Rome.

Joana Heidrich (left) at Anouk Vergé-Dépré has done a perfect course so far at the World Cups in Rome.

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Anouk Vergé-Dépré vs. Zoé Vergé-Dépré, such is the display of “Sister Act” in the sixth final, this Wednesday, (7pm) at the World Cup in Rome.

The older sister (Anouk, 30), who has teamed up with Joana Heidrich since 2017, is clearly a favorite against her cadet Zoé Vergé-Dépré (24), who on her side forms a promising duo with Esmée Böbner.

Anouk Vergé-Dépré prepares to meet his sister in Rome.

Anouk Vergé-Dépré prepares to meet his sister in Rome.

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“For now, I can still manage to maintain family supremacy, if Anouk Vergé-Dépré dies. By the way, I beat him in the last duel (edit: final of the 2021 Swiss Championships). »

The two Vergé-Dépré sisters have what it takes: their father is none other than Guadeloupe Jean-Charles Vergé-Dépré, a former professional volleyball player, in particular passed by the LUC.

First time together at the World Cups

This is the first time the entire Vergé-Dépré family meets at the World Championships simultaneously. Cherry on the cake: this “Sister Act” on Wednesday at 7 pm, for access to the final eighths. “For my parents, who are based in Rome, it’s really cool. They can see their two girls play in the same competition, ”rejoiced Anouk Vergé-Dépré, the most decorated of the two sisters, with in particular a European Championship title (2019) and a historic bronze medal at the last JO (2019). )).

On the other hand, the two hopefuls Zoé Vergé-Dépré/Esmée Böbner are starting to take their marks and speak for them on the international professional circuit, after winning a silver medal at the 2021 Swiss Championships.

“I am really pleased to see that my sister Zoé is developing in this sport and that she has also found her way into beach volleyball. I am her big supporter, but when I play against her, she is first and foremost a competitor! I’m really not ready to let you win! ‘

And with nearly 68,000 followers on Instagram, Anouk also has some long -term progress in terms of popularity over his sister Zoé (12’800 subscribers).

Perfect course

If logic is respected, favorites Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich will face off tonight in the eighth World Cup finals. Bernoise and Zurichoise have so far achieved a perfect course by winning their three group stage matches and securing a single set (6: 0 in total), which has earned them a direct qualification for the sevens as well. that two days of rest welcome in an also long competition.

Zoé Vergé-Dépré and Esmée Böbner made these family reunions possible, thanks to their three-set victory over Cuban duo Leila/Lidi on Tuesday during the barrage to advance to the semi-finals. «Next: the battle of the Swiss Sisters. Sorry dad and mom, at least the victory will remain in the family, ”Zoé wrote on her Instagram account.

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