After last year’s successful event, the FIVB World Tour returns to Itapema (Brazil). The $300,000 Itapema Open main draw starts on Thursday followed by elimination rounds on Friday and Saturday and the the medal matches on Sunday.
Last year the Brazilian hosts dominated the event and claimed both gold medals. Defending champions on the men’s side are Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola who beat Norwegian youngsters Anders Mol/Christian Sørum in the final. This year Evandro will play with reigning Olympic champion Bruno Oscar Schmidt while his former partner Andre has teamed up with George Wanderley. Besides the Norwegian Vikings, other international top teams competing this week are Poland’s Grzegorz Fijalek/Michal Bryl as well as Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak, Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen and Latvia’s Aleksandrs “Lion King” Samoilovs/Janis Smedins.
On the women’s side Agatha/Duda will try to defend their title against other Brazilian top teams such as Xiamen Open winners Ana Patricia Silva/Rebecca Cavalcanti. The Brazilians will be challenged by several international top teams like Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada), three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat (USA) or European champions Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink (Netherlands).
You can check out schedule and results at the official event page.
The $300,000 Jinjiang Open start with qualifiers on Wednesday followed by main draw pool play on Thursday and elimination rounds from Friday. The medal matches will take place on Sunday and will be streamed at the FIVB Youtube Channel.
World ranking leaders and Itapema winners Mol/Sorum are top-seeded at Jinjiang. Last year’s champion Trevor Crabb who won alongside John Mayer is now playing with Tri Bourne. Together they already won at Qinzhou and reached the quarterfinals at Itapema. Further US teams competing are NickLucena and Phil Dalhausser as well as John Hyden and Ryan “Avatar” Doherty. Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Alvaro Filho who won gold at the Kuala Lumpur 3-Star will need to go through qualification.
Agatha Bednarczuk and Duda will lead a strong Brazilian women’s team. They will be joined by Ana Patricia and Rebecca who won at The Hague and Xiamen. Top seeds are Czech team Barbara Hermannova and Marketa Slukova. For the USA Sara Hughes/Summer Ross, Sweat/Walsh Jennings, Claes/Sponcil and Day/Flint will be competing.
Check out the official event page.
The 2019 World Championships will run from June 28 to July 7 at the Hamburg Rothenbaum Stadium with a total prize purse of $1.000.000. About 13.000 fans will follow the 48 teams per gender on centre court. New winner teams will be crowned as the defending champions teamed up with new partners. Current world champion Laura Ludwig (Germany) is playing with Maggie Kozuch after Kira Walkenhorst had to retire form professional beach volleyball in January. On the men’s side, defending champions Evandro and Andre Loyola (Brazil) have split up. While Evandro joined forces with Olympic champion Bruno Schmidt, Andre Loyola is now playing with George Wanderley after splitting from Alison.
The tournament schedule outlines pool play until July 3 in 12 pools of four teams with the top two teams from each pool going directly to the elimination round. They will be joined by the eight best third-ranked teams. These 32 teams will continue in single-elimination play with the medal matches being played on July 6 and 7. Top favorites are Norwegian Vikings Anders Mol and Christian Sorum who have already posted three 4-star wins this season at Itapema (Brazil), Jianjiang (China) and Ostrava (Czech Republic). They will play in Pool A.
The US$300,000 FIVB 4-star Moscow Open are the 14th World Tour event in the Russian capital. It will start Wednesday with qualfication, Main Draw play takes off on Thursday with the medal matches being played on Sunday.
With only a few exceptions, most of the international top teams will be competing. On the men’s side, the world’s number one and new European champions Mol/Sorum from Norway will take a rest and will only be back for the 1-star Oslo event end of August. Top-seeds are Hamburg world champions Krasilnikov/ Stoyanovskiy from Russia. They are followed by Brazilians Evandro and reigning Olympic champion Bruno as well as Andre and George Wanderley. Latvians Samoilovs/Smedins will try to defend their 2018 Moscow title.
The women’s side will feature pretty much all of the Brazilian top teams, namely Ana Patricia/ Rebecca, Agatha/Duda and Maria Antonelli/ Carolina Salgado. In contrast to the men’s side, the new European champions Graudina/ Kravcenoka from Latvia who just claimed the title in the same spot, will also be competing.
Find the full schedule and team entry list here.
The Jurmala Open are a men’s-only event at Jurmala Beach near Riga (Latvia). The event will take place from August 22-25, 2019. Prize money is US$ 75,000 and the event will count for the Olympic qualification process towards Tokyo 2020. Qualification kicks off on Thursday, the main draw starts on Friday and the semifinals and medal matches will be played on Sunday.
The lovely beach resort of Jurmala hosted the CEV European Beach Volleyball Championships in 2017. In the event’s final Italian Olympic silver medalists Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo defeated local heroes Janis Smedins and “Lion King” Alex Samoilovs. The two Latvians are back strong after winning the 4-star Moscow Open last weekend. Their back-to-back Moscow title also puts them in a favorite postition for the Jurmala 3-star event. Besides a range of Latvian home teams, several US teams will be competing. AVP Manhattan Beach finalists Patterson/Budinger, Slick/Allen and Evans/Kolinske will go for points in the Olympic race to Tokyo 2020.