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Canada set to host 81 teams from 34 countries in Halifax

Poland's Piotor Kantor, above, and teammate Bartosz Losiak won the silver medal last year in Halifax and return this year as the top team heading into this week's 12th annual FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH Junior World Championships

Halifax, Nova Scotia, August 26, 2012 – Returning to the same venue in back-to-back years for the first time, Canada returns to the international stage this week as Halifax hosts the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH Junior World Championships for players under the age of 21. This year’s 12th annual double-gender event starts Wednesday in Halifax, a regional municipality of over 300,000 residents located in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada.

The world championship event will be held through Sunday (Sept. 2) at the purpose-built beach volleyball complex on the Salter Lot of the Halifax Waterfront. This is the not only the second time in the event’s 12-year history that it is being held in North America, but also the second straight year in Halifax.

Gathered in Halifax for this year’s event are 81 teams (41 men and 40 women) from 34 countries. With 32 teams in each gender qualified into their respective main draws, the additional teams for each gender are reserve teams if needed to complete the respective 32-team fields. This is the first time in event history that a 32-team main draw field is being used for the competition.

The 32 teams will be divided into eight four-team pools for round-robin play of three matches per team. The women will begin with two rounds on Wednesday and one on Thursday, while the men will have two rounds on Thursday and one on Friday.

The top three teams in each pool (24 total) will advance to the single-elimination bracket phase of the tournament.  The women will begin their single elimination phase with two rounds on Friday followed by the women’s quarterfinals and semifinals on Saturday. Men will play their first elimination round on Friday, followed by the second round and quarterfinals on Saturday and the semifinals on Sunday morning.

The bronze and gold medal matches for each gender will be held on Sunday event at the SEA stadium center court.

A total of 2,000 tons of special sand have been transported to the Salter Sand complex to build the four competition and two practice courts for the venue, which includes the 2,000-seat stadium center court. Single day or all-tournament tickets for the event are on sale through the event website at Event information is available at 902.444.3773. Children, five and under, are free for the entire event when accompanied by a ticketed adult.

“These events have been critical to create a new generation of Beach Volleyball athletes,” said Angelo Squeo, the FIVB Beach Volleyball Events Director.  “In a few years, these players will challenge for FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour medals and vie for berths in future Olympic Games.  The winners of these events will also be rewarded by the FIVB and the respective organizers with wild cards and free transportation to take part in the main draw of a FIVB SWATCH World Tour event in 2012 or 2013.”

Countries represented in Halifax at the 12th anniversary of this event are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Burundi, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, United States and Venezuela.

A total of 12 of those countries are participating in this event for the first time: Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Israel, Nigeria, Peru, Republic of South Africa, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Togo

Among the men’s teams are 20 men’s players (six teams and eight other players) who played in last year’s FIVB SWATCH Junior World Championships in Halifax, including Canada’s Garrett May who with then teammate Sam Schachter won the gold medal in 2010 in Alanya, Turkey and finished fourth last year in Halifax with Dany Demyanenko. This year May will be playing with Dallas Keith.

The top returning men’s team from last year championship in Halifax is Poland’s silver medalists Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak, who also won the gold medal at the 2010 FIVB SWATCH Youth World Championship in Porto, Portugal.

A total of 11 women’s players (one team along with nine other players) from last year’s event are in Canada this year along. Switzerland’s Nina Betschart, who won the gold medal last year in Halifax with Joana Heidrich, will be playing this year with Anouk Verge-Depre. Verge-Depre, who finished fifth in the 2009 youth worlds in Alanya, Turkey, has played in 11 FIVB SWATCH World Tour events, including seven this season.

Another one of the top women’s entries is USA’s Summer Ross, who won the inaugural USA national collegiate sand volleyball pairs championship this past spring. Ross, who is playing with Sara Hughes in Halifax, was a double gold-medal winner in 2010, winning the youth world championship with Jane Croson in Porto, Portugal and the junior worlds with Tara Roenicke in Alanya, Turkey.

Ross is the only player in FIVB history who has pulled off that double victory. Ross missed last year’s event in Halifax while competing for in the indoor volleyball team at the University of Washington where after the season she transferred to Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. to play in the inaugural collegiate season of sand volleyball, helping lead her team to an undefeated national championship with a perfect 17-0 team record.

Among the other top returning women’s players is Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes who won the silver medal in Halifax last year with Victoria Altomare. Humana-Paredes is playing this year’s event with Taylor Pischke.

A founding province of Canada, Nova Scotia is nearly surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, and is known for its high tides, lobster, fish, blueberries and apples. Halifax was the site of the first British town in Canada, founded in 1749. Since then, the area has evolved to be home for charming fishing villages, farming communities and Atlantic Canada's largest city. Halifax, the gateway to Atlantic Canada, has flourished as a prominent port city. Halifax was founded in 1749 by Governor Edward Cornwallis and 2,500 settlers to act as a naval and army base to protect the area, creating Canada’s first permanent British town on the world’s second-largest natural harbor. The peninsula, which Halifax is located on, is 4.5 miles wide and two miles long.

As the host nation, Canada has two men’s teams and three women’s teams qualified into their respective 32-team fields. In addition to defending champion May and new teammate Keith, the other men’s teams in the field of 32 is Nick Del Bianco/Ben Chow, who finished ninth in Halifax last year. Besides Humana-Paredes and new teammate Pischke, the two other women’s teams representing Canada are Julia Hamer/Charlotte Sider and Sophie Bukovec/Julie Longman.

Besides Canada’s May and Poland’s Kantor/Losiak, another top individual in the men’s field is Brazil’s Marcus Carvalhaes, who won the bronze medal in Halifax last year with Vitor Felipe. This year in Halifax, Carvalhaes will be playing with his brother Gustavo Carvalhaes.

In addition to USA’s Ross and Canada’s Humana-Paredes, among the top women’s players In Halifax is Germany’s Christine Aulenbrock who won the women’s gold medal at the 2009 FIVB SWATCH Youth World Championships in Alanya with Victoria Bieneck. Aulenbrock, who finished fifth in Halifax last year with Isabell Schneider, is teamed this year with Kim Behrens.

Both finishing in ninth place in Halifax last year with different partners, teamed together this year are Russia’s Ekaterina Karapischenko, 19, and Ksenia Dabizha, 18, both veteran international players despite their young ages.
Karapischenko won the silver medal in 2009 (Alanya, Turkey) and 2010 (Poroto, Portugal), the bronze in 2008 (the Hague, Netherlands) and finished ninth in 2007 (Myslowice, Poland) at the FIVB SWATCH Youth World Championships as well as a 25th (Modena, Italy) at the FIVB SWATCH Junior World Championships.

Dabizha, on the other hand, won the bronze medal (Larnaka, Cyprus) in 2012 and had ninth place finishes in 2010 (Porto, Portugal) and 2011 (Umag, Croatia) at the FIVB SWATCH Youth World Championships.

Another talented team in this year’s women’s field is Austria’s Lena Plesiutschnig/Katharina Schutzenhofer, who won the silver medal in 2011 (Umag, Croatia) at the FIVB SWATCH Youth World Championships.

Another of the experienced female players is Poland’s Katarzyna Kociolek who won the gold medal (Umag, Croatia) in 2011 and the silver medal (Larnaka, Cyprus) with Karolina Baran. Baran was a late withdrawal a few days ago and Kociolek’s teammate in Halifax with be Jagoda Gruszczynska. Kociolek and Gruszcyznska teamed together to win a gold medal twice this summer, at the under-20 European Championships in Austria and at the under-18 European Championships in the Czech Republic.

In the previous 11 FIVB SWATCH Junior World Championships, Brazilians have captured three men’s and six women’s titles.  Pablo Herrera, who won the 2002 U-21 title for Spain with Raul Mesa, captured the silver medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games with Javier Bosma.  Martins Plavins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs, the 2005 U-21 champions from Latvia, placed ninth at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Plavins won the bronze medal and the London 2012 Olympic Games with Janis Smedins.  The Latvians upset eventual 2008 Olympic gold medal winners Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers of the United States in their first Beijing match.  Brazilian Pedro Salgado, the 2008 FIVB Swatch World Tour champions with Harley Marques, captured the 2003 and 2006 U-21 titles with Pedro Cunha and Bruno Oscar Schmidt, respectively.

Overall, Brazil leads in all-time final four finishes at the FIVB SWATCH Junior World Championships with 19 total (9 men’s and 10 women’s) and in gold medals with three men’s and six women’s competition.  Second in men’s final four finishes is Germany with six and second in women’s final four finishes is the Netherlands with seven (including one gold medal).

Produced by Canada’s Sports and Entertainment Atlantic (SEA) in association with Volleyball Canada and the Lausanne, Switzerland-based Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), more information is available at or
FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH Junior World Championships
All-Time Final Four Placements (thru 2011)
Men Gold Silver Bronze Medals 4ths Final 4s
Brazil 3 3 2 8 1 9
Germany 0 1 2 3 3 6
Spain 2 2 0 4 0 4
Poland 1 2 1 4 0 4
Russia 0 0 3 3 1 4
Italy 2 0 1 3 0 3
Latvia 1 1 0 2 1 3
Canada 1 0 0 1 1 2
Netherlands 0 1 0 1 1 2
Austria 0 0 1 1 0 1
Czech Rep 0 0 1 1 0 1
Ukraine 1 0 0 1 0 1
Venezuela 0 1 0 1 0 1
France 0 0 0 0 1 1
Greece 0 0 0 0 1 1
San Marino 0 0 0 0 1 1

Women Gold Silver Bronze Medals 4ths Final 4s
Brazil 6 0 3 9 1 10
Netherlands 1 2 3 6 1 7
Switzerland 1 1 0 2 3 5
Germany 0 3 0 3 1 4
Czech Rep 0 0 2 2 1 3
Poland 1 0 1 2 1 3
Russia 1 1 1 3 0 3
United States 1 0 0 1 0 1
Australia 0 1 0 1 0 1
Canada 0 1 0 1 0 1
France 0 1 0 1 0 1
Italy 0 1 0 1 0 1
Austria 0 0 1 1 0 1
Greece 0 0 0 0 1 1
Mexico 0 0 0 0 1 1
Spain 0 0 0 0 1 1

2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH Junior World Championships
August 29 – September 2 – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Men’s Entry List (as of 26/08/12)
A total of 41 men’s teams from 31 countries have officially qualified for the 2012 men’s FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH Junior World Championships for players under 21 years old.
Team, Country
Mateo Iwanowski/Lisandro Rouzic, Argentina
Nicholas Anstey/Hamish Moore, Australia
Christoph Dressler/Lorenz Petutschnig, Austria
Marcus Carvalhaes/Gustavo Carvalhaes, Brazil
Yvan Dukondaine/Briand Mugabowingabo, Burundi
Ben Chow/Nick Del Bianco, Canada
Dallas Keith/Garrett May, Canada
Roberto Frazzoni/Felipe Gomez, Chile
Max Andre Adjoua/Aquilas Kobon, Cote d’Ivoire
Josue Flores/Andres Flores, Costa Rica
Esteban Cleyton/Jose Parada, Cuba
Ondrej Benes/Ondrej Perusic, Czech Republic
Luis Adames/Julio Romano, Dominican Republic
Fabian Schmidt/Dominik Stork, Germany
Pius Setor/Aaron Djarnie, Ghana
Axel Mendez/LuisOrellana, Guatemala
Netanel Ohana/Alon Sanderovich, Israel
Sergey Bogatu/Viadislav Pustynnikov, Kazakhstan
Armands Abolins/Haralds Regza, Latvia
Ricardo Galindo/Juan Revuelta, Mexico
Runar Sannarnes/Andreas Takvam, Norway
Diego Diaz/Jose Vargas, Peru
Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak, Poland
Andrey Bolgov/Artem Kucherenko, Russia
Ishmail Bangura/Patrick Lombi, Sierra Leone
Dean Layters/Carlos Van Nelson, South Africa
Christofer Levin/Manne Norman, Sweden
Mirco Gerson/Gabriel Kissling, Switzerland
Wichanon Saemee/Kitsada Sangam, Thailand
Antoine Kossi/Edoe Kossi, Togo
Alex Jones/Kyle Stevenson, United States
Jose Ruiz/Maikhol Salcedo, Venezuela

Men's Reserve Teams, Country
Martin Ermacora/Fabian Kandolf, Austria
Ramon Gomes/Saymon Santos, Brazil
Lucas Coleman/Andrew Kocur, Canada
Aaron Nusbaum/Grant O’Gorman, Canada
Davic Meder/Lorenz Schumann, Germany
Michal Bryl/Maciej Rudol, Poland
Vasili Andrianov/Viacheslav Kirienko, Russia
Weston Carico/Parker Kalmbach, United States
Gerardo Mendez/Vicente Salazar, Venezuela

Women’s Entry List (as of 26/08/12)
A total of 40 women’s teams from 28 countries have officially qualified for the 2012 women’s FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH Junior World Championships for players under 21 years old.
Team, Country
Mariafe Artacho/Taliqua Clancy, Australia
Lena Plesiutschnig/Katharina Schutzenhofer, Austria
Drussyla Costa/Rebecca Silva, Brazil
Sophie Bukovec/Julie Longman, Canada
Juia Hamer/Charlotte Sider, Canada
Melissa Humana-Paredes/Taylor Pischke, Canada
Francine Morales/Valeria Valenciano, Costa Rica
Mailen Deliz/Leila Martinez, Cuba
Eliska Galova/Tereza Vankova, Czech Republic
Nairobi Agramonte/Diana Peguero, Dominican Rep.
Christine Aulenbrock/Kim Behrens, Germany
Anika Krebs/Sandra Seyfferth, Germany
Josephine Akosua/Benedicta Adjei, Ghana
Nadia Galan/Ana Villagran, Guatemala
Fatoume Chaloub/Nene Kante, Guinea
Yael Lotan/Viktoria Nesterov, Israel
Lyubov Bogatu/Bkhtygul Samalikova, Kazakhstan
Maura Martinez/Claudia Rios, Mexico
Jummai Bitrus/Isabela Eyetsonetan, Nigeria
Irmelin Sannarnes/Marie Tauboll, Norway
Vivian Baella/Sandra Chumacero, Peru
Jagoda Gruszcynska/Katarzyna Kociolek, Poland
Agata Oleksy/Paulina Stasiak, Poland
Ksenia Dabizha/Ekaterina Karapischenko, Russia
Denyse Mutatsipundu/Charlotte Nzayisenga, Rwanda
Josephine Sesay/Hawa Kargbo, Sierra Leone
Christin Decalme/Liezle Peterson, South Africa
Sara Hellgren/Kristin Lind, Sweden
Nina Betschart/Anouk Verge-Depre, Switzerland
Supattra Juajan/Prateep Kambut, Thailand
Sara Hughes/Summer Ross, United States
Norisbeth Agudo/Cristel Gonzalez, Venezuela

Women's Reserve Teams, Country
Eliza Hynes/Nicole Laird, Australia
Saria Gschopf/Birgit Schottl, Austria
Eduarda Lisboa/Juliana Simoes, Brazil
Sarah Gosselin/Myriam Halle, Canada
Meaghan MacDougall/Hillary Monette, Canada
Ksenia Dyachuk/Ekaterina Makroguzova, Russia
Kirby Burnham/Jace Pardon, United States
Guadalupe Gonzalez/Gina Viva Andrade, Venezuela

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