Qinzhou hosts a World Tour event for the third-straight season after 2017 and 2018. It is the the first women’s event on this season’s FIVB calendar and the second for the men. Last year, it was US team Tri Bourne/ Trevor Crabb and Brazil’s Rebecca Cavalcanti/ Ana Patricia Silva who claimed the gold medals. For Tri Bourne the Qinzhou win marked the beginning of his comeback after being sidelined due to an auto-immune disease. With his partner Trevor Crabb he continued his great return when reaching the semifinals at this year’s World Championships in Hamburg.
While the defending champions are not competing in the 2019 edition, the women’s competition will feature numerous American top teams. Except for A-Team Alix Klineman/ April Ross, the strongest US women’s team will compete. Besides three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh and her partner Brooke Sweat, Stockman/ Larsen, Claes/ Sponcil and Hughes/Summer Ross have registered for the event.
After the qualification on October 30, the US$150,000 Qinzhou Open main draw starts on October 31. Quarterfinals will be played on November 2 and the medal matches on November 3. Top-seeds are Switzerland’s Mirco Gerson and Adrian Heidrich on the men’s and Australia’s Taliqua Clancy/ Mariafe Artacho Del Solar on the women’s side. Check out further details on the official FIVB event page.
Last year, Chetumal hosted a women-only 3-star event, this year the tournament has been upgraded to a double-gender 4-star that takes place in the Mexican coastal city between November 13-18. The event is another important milestone in the Olympic qualification process towards Tokyo 2020. Main draw starts November 14 with quarter- and semifinals being played on November 16 leading to the medal matches on November 17.
Defending champions are Canadians Heather Bansley and beach volleyball gypsy Brandie Wilkerson who had a great appearance in last season’s edition. In their quest to defend their title, the Canadians will face several American teams such as 2018 Chetumal bronze medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings/ Brooke Sweat as well as Betsi Flint/Emily Day and Kelly Claes/ Sarah Sponcil.
Top-seeds on the men’s side are Olympic bronze medalists Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen (Netherlands), Polish top team Fijalek/Bryl and AVP Hawaii champions Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb. Taylor Crabb’s brother Trevor will compete with his partner Tri Bourne, a team that reached this year’s Hamburg world championships semifinals. Further US teams participatig are Billy Allen/ Stafford Slick and beach volleyball veteran John Hyden teaming up with Bill Kolinske in the qualifiers.
You can find schedule and results on the official FIVB Chetumal event page.
It is for the first time that the Cook Islands in the South Pacific are organizing an official FIVB event. Local teams Rai-Arii Enoka/Atatoa Herman and Brendon Heath/Raitiavatea Herman are the first-ever teams from the Cook Islands to compete in an FIVB World Tour event.
In total 18 teams from nine countries are participating in the VolleyFest Cook Islands: four from Australia, three from Japan, two from Canada, United States, Tuvalu and Cook Islands and one team from Hong Kong, New Zealand and Norway each. For the US, Adam Roberts/ Travis Mewhirter and Earl Schultz/ Christopher Austin are competing.
The medal matches in this FIVB 1-star event will be played at beautiful Rarotonga island on January 17. You can find the full event schedule here.
The first women’s World Tour stop is scheduled for this week in Siem Reap which is famous for its iconic temple Angkor Wat. It is Cambodia’s third straight season to host a World Tour event. Main draw in the Siem Reap 2-star event will start on Thursday, semifinals and medal matches will take place on Sunday.
Top-entries are Sara Hughes and Lauren Fendrick from the United States who just recently joined forces trying to make a last minute push for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer. 2016 Olympian Lauren Fendrick has not competed for more than a year. Second-ranked are Futami/Hasegawa (Japan) followed by last year’s Sydney gold medalists Nicole Laird and Becchara Palmer. The Australians both have Olympic experience with Palmer competing in London 2012 and Laird in Rio 2016.
You can find the full schedule at the official FIVB event page.
The Singapore 4-star event in April next year is coming up with a new concept compared to a standard FIVB 4-star event. The Singapore Beach Open 2020 from April 15-19 will be Southeast Asia’s largest sports event and the first-ever FIVB 4-star World Tour event in the region.
Besides world-class beach volleyball, the organizers are coming up with an event that does also feature pop concerts, numerous family-friendly activities and a large selection of Singaporean cuisine. The beach arena will be a temporary facility with an innovative design and concept that fits into the natural beauty of Singapore.
Being part of the Olympic qualification process towards Tokyo 2020, the tournament is an important milestone with 1200 points on the line for the winning teams. The event is supposed to be the starting point of boosting Singapore as the beach volleyball hub of Southeast Asia.
Find out further details on the official event website.