U21 World Championships, Larnaka 2014 | 23 - 27 July 2014
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, December 20, 2014 – Age-group beach volleyball returned to Larnaka for the second time in two years as the Cyprus coastal town welcomed the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships in July. And, once again, it was Polish tandem Michal Bryl and Kacper Kujawiak who stood top of the podium after the curtain dropped on a fas... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Larnaka, Cyprus, July 27, 2014 - Canada’s Sophie Bukovec and Tia Miric and Poland’s Michal Bryl and Kacper Kujawiak were crowned FIVB U21 world champions on Sunday evening in Larnaka. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Larnaka, Cyprus, July 27, 2014 - Michal Bryl and Kacper Kujawiak won their second gold medal on Sunday in Larnaka. The Polish defeated Russian qualifiers Ilya Leshukov and Aleksandr Margiev 2-0 (21-16, 21-15) in the final of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Larnaka, Cyprus, July 27, 2014 - Michal Bryl and Kacper Kujawiak reached their second final in Larnaka. Two years ago the Polish won gold at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championship, on Sunday evening they will play Russian qualifiers Ilya Leshukov and Aleksandr Margiev in the U21 World Championship final.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Larnaka, Cyprus, July 26, 2014 - Michal Bryl and Kacper Kujawiak cruised their way into the quarterfinals of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships on Saturday. The Polish youngsters are hitting top form this week and have not lost a set yet. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Larnaka, Cyprus, July 26, 2014 - Norway’s Runar Torsvik Sannarnes and Mathias Berntsen topped their pool on Saturday at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships in Larnaka by defeating rivals Viktor Pestov and Kirill Gurin from Kazakhstan 2-0 (21-13, 21-13).... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Larnaka, Cyprus, July 25, 2014 - Reigning U19 world champion Clemens Wickler is on track for another medal, but this time on a higher level; the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships. Although he is competing with a different partner and still has one pool match to go, the 19-year old German already secured first place in the pool on Friday... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Larnaka, Cyprus, July 25, 2014 - Beach volleyball has always been his destiny, although Hagen Smith’s famous father Sinjin wanted him to play tennis. So this week 19-year old Hagen took the next step and made his FIVB debut at the U21 World Championships in Larnaka, Cyprus.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Larnaka, Cyprus, July 25, 2014 – Egypt only lacks one out of the three S’s to make beach volleyball work, says Egypt U21 coach and former player Ahmed Atta. “We have Sun, Sea, but unfortunately not the Sponsors yet.”... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Larnaka, Cyprus, July 24, 2014 - The first two rounds of pool play at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships in Larnaka on Thursday brought forth a major upset in the women’s competition. Last year’s U21 champions Kociolek and Gruszscynska from Poland lost their opening match to German qualifiers Glenzke and Schreiber.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Larnaka, Cyprus, July 24, 2014 - Brazil’s Andre Loyola Stein and Vinicius Rezende Costa Freitas put their mark down with two straight wins on the first day of main draw at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships in Larnaka.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Larnaka, Cyprus, July 23, 2014 - Eight qualification teams, four for each gender, made it into the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships by winning their final round match on Wednesday in Larnaka, Cyprus. Due to travel problems of some main draw teams, three lucky losers were added to the men’s competition and two in the wo... Read full news
Cyprus site of U21 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships
Cyprus returns to the world stage of international beach volleyball this year when it hosts the FIVB U21 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. The 14th annual double-gender age group event will be held from July 23 to 27 in Larnaka as the FIVB now has an unprecedented four age-group World Championships for beach volleyball held annually.
While the Cyprus Volleyball Federation has hosted several FIVB Challenger and Satellite events, this will be just the second event held in Larnaka as the city presented the 2012 FIVB U19 World Championships which were won by a men’s tandem from Poland and a women’s duo from Lithuania.
Long the developing sand of the FIVB Beach Volleyball next generation of stars, last year’s FIVB U21 World Championships were held in Umag, Croatia. Umag had also hosted the 2011 FIVB U19 World Championships. The U21 age-group World Championships have been held every year since 2001.
Winning the men’s FIVB U21 World Championships last year in Umag were Brazil’s Gustavo Carvalhaes/Allison Cittadin while the women’s FIVB U21 World Championships gold medal was won by Poland’s Jagoda Gruszczynska/Katarzyna Kociolek.
In the first 13 years of the FIVB U21 Beach Volleyball World Championships, Brazil has garnered the most final four placements, medals – gold medals in particular – in both genders. In the U21 men’s competition, Brazil has 10 final four placements and nine total medals including four gold medals. Other countries with men’s gold medals have been Italy, Poland and Spain with two each and with one each have been Canada, Latvia and the Ukraine.
In the first 13 years of the U21 women’s championships, Brazil has been even more dominant with 11 final four placements and 10 total medals including six gold medals. Other countries with women’s gold medals have been Poland and Switzerland with two each and with one each have been the Netherlands, Russia and the United States.
Along with the U21, the other long-standing age-group world championships are the U19 competition and both will be held in cities that have hosted other FIVB age-group events in the past.
The 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships will be held in Porto, Portugal from July 29 to August 3. First held in 2002, this year will be the 13th annual U19 championships. Started in 2013, the second edition of the FIVB U23 World Championships will be held June 10 to 15 in Myslowice, Poland.
As part of the initiatives of FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° and his leadership team, the FIVB Beach Volleyball U17 World Championships have been added to the annual FIVB calendar in 2014. The inaugural FIVB U17 World Championships will be held in Acapulco, Mexico from July 15 to 20.
Larnaka is the third largest city on the southern coast of Cyprus behind Nicosia and Limassol. It has a population of 72,000 and is the island's second largest commercial port and an important tourist resort. The island's largest airport, Larnaka International Airport is located on the outskirts of the city to the south. The city is well known for its picturesque seafront, which includes rows of palm trees. Larnaka Marina is one of the four official entry points, by sea, to Cyprus.
The age-group FIVB World Championships have historically seen many of the young stars of today building their experience level to advance up the ladder in international competition. This year’s 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour for professional athletes will include 10 FIVB Grand Slam events, a new FIVB Grand Slam Final and at least nine FIVB Beach Volleyball Open events.
The format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments – whether pro or age group FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam or FIVB Beach Volleyball Open – are the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds.