FIVB Beach Volelyball World Tour

Anapa OPEN | 23 - 28 juillet 2013

#AnapaOpen


Press release

Israel’s new beach boys dream of the Olympics


Ariel Hilman (left) and Sean Faiga are the flagship of a new beach volleyball programme in Israel

Anapa, Russia, July 25, 2013 – Israel’s Ariel Hilman and Sean Faiga started a new adventure eight months ago. They had been dreaming of the Olympics for years and decided that the best way to get there was to switch from volleyball to beach.

The 25-year old athletes quit their indoor careers and became the flagship team of a new beach volleyball programme in Israel.

In just a few months they already booked their first success. With a wild card for the Anapa Open in Russia they became the first Israeli team to enter the main draw of a FIVB event.

Unfortunately they encountered the first seeded Russian team Konstantin Semenov and Yaroslav Koshkarev in their first match on Thursday.

Tough first match

The Israeli debutants lost 2-0 (21-14, 21-16), but they were not without chances. In the second set they could even keep up till 11-11.

“It was okay, but we could have done better”, Hilman said about their game. “I know they are the first seed, but we don’t look at them. We know we can play better, we have good basics in volleyball.”

Their only goal in Anapa is to get as much points as they can, so they might be able to enter another FIVB event. “We just want to play as many games as we can and maybe one win in the pool play”, Hilman said.

“And gain a lot of experience to get better”, Faiga added. “Because we have a dream to be in the Olympic Games and the World Cup and to be in the World Tour.”

Hilman: “We want to reach our best. In Israel in indoor volleyball, it’s very hard to get to the Olympics and to the high level. And we came to a point where we could not make the next step in indoor volleyball.”

“So we decided we could do it, just the two of us in beach volleyball. We really believe we can reach high.” At the same time the Israeli Volleyball Federation started a new project to take beach volleyball to a higher level.

New beach programme

“We decided we wanted to have one or two leading teams that would compete in the World Tour and hopefully get to the Olympic Games”, coach Shaked Haimy explained.

“This is our first team, we have another young team, 21 years old, who will join this project. And hopefully some girls in the future, but at the moment they prefer indoor to beach.”

According to Haimy Israel is the Valhalla for beach volleyball and they don’t need a lot of facilities. “We have 290 days of sun a year and a lot of beaches. It’s an amazing place to play beach volleyball. We don’t need much other than players and money.”

The federation is organizing a new, more professional league now. “They are really starting to build something”, Hilman said. “Get beach volleyball on TV, raise sponsors.”

“Hopefully this will result in us being in Rio in three years, but it’s going to be hard”, Hilman admitted.

“And if not, we will be in the next Olympics”, Faiga added. “We have time and we want to work hard. We believe we can do it.”

FIVB Anapa Open Tournament Page

FIVB Anapa Open women’s schedule and results

FIVB Anapa Open men’s schedule and results

FIVB Anapa Open men’s qualification schedule and results

FIVB Anapa Open Twitter account



Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

   
28.07.2013 15:53:03
Russia claims four medals at the inaugural FIVB Beach Volleyball Anapa Open

Anapa, Russia, July 28, 2013 – Host country Russia can look back on a very successful first edition of the FIVB Anapa Open, winning four out of six me... More...

28.07.2013 15:26:25
First gold medal for Semenov and Koshkarev

Anapa, Russia, July 28, 2013 – Russia’s Konstantin Semenov and Yaroslav Koshkarev claimed their first gold medal on Sunday at the FIVB Anapa Open. In ... More...

28.07.2013 11:00:22
Another Russian-German final in Anapa

Anapa, Russia, July 28, 2013 - The inaugural FIVB Anapa Open will feature another Russian-German final on Sunday, just like the women’s gold medal mat... More...

27.07.2013 20:09:37
Russian women win gold and bronze at Anapa Open

27.07.2013 19:27:58
Only German and Russian teams in men’s final four in Anapa

27.07.2013 15:47:56
Ukolova and Khomyakova win first Russian gold on home soil

27.07.2013 12:30:34
Germany prevents all-Russian women’s final in Anapa

26.07.2013 18:49:33
Women’s final four in Anapa set, men’s pool play finalized

26.07.2013 18:09:40
Two Russian teams in Anapa Open women’s semifinals

26.07.2013 15:15:30
Perfect start for new Brazilian team Thiago and Brandao

26.07.2013 15:00:35
Argentina tops the pool with a little bit of luck and determination

26.07.2013 11:18:48
Estonia’s Vesik and Kollo came to Anapa only for the gold

25.07.2013 18:23:20
Women’s competition enters elimination phase at the Anapa Open

25.07.2013 16:57:22
Beach veteran Eric Koreng starts all over again in Anapa

25.07.2013 16:02:34
Poland’s Brzostek and Kolosinska one of three teams to advance with straight wins

25.07.2013 15:36:33
Argentina’s Gallay and Klug fight their way to the top

24.07.2013 17:51:16
Eight women’s teams remain unbeaten in Anapa

24.07.2013 17:20:16
Mashkova and Tsimbalova on course for a medal in Anapa

24.07.2013 15:11:52
Zemljak and Pokersnik first Slovenian men’s team to enter main draw

24.07.2013 12:20:12
Kusano strives to make beach volleyball more popular in Japan

23.07.2013 15:55:22
Ukolova prefers Anapa to prepare for the European Championships

21.07.2013 19:43:19
Beach volleyball star Juliana claims gold in Russia

19.07.2013 14:26:04
Ukolova and Khomyakova lead field at Anapa Open

18.06.2013 11:46:43
Russia to host FIVB Beach Volleyball Double Gender Open in Anapa