FIVB Beach Volelyball World Tour

Anapa Open | 27 May - 1 June 2014


Press release

Spanish qualifiers defy odds to reach last four

Angela Lobato Herrero is set to play in her first World Tour semifinal

Anapa, Russia, May 30, 2014 – Angela Lobato Herrero and Paula Soria Gutierrez continued their remarkable run at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Anapa Open by reaching the last four on Friday.

The Spanish pair began the week in the qualifying tournament, but having battled through to the quarterfinals they set up a semifinal meeting with German pair Victoria Bieneck and Julia Grossner after a 2-0 (21-16, 23-21) win over the Czech Republic’s Martina Bonnerova and Barbora Hermannova.

The other semifinal is an all-Russian affair between Evgenia Ukolova and Maria Prokopeva and Ekaterina Syrtseva and Alexandra Shiryaeva.

“We can’t believe it,” Lobato Herrero said. “We came here for qualification and wanted to reach the main draw, but didn’t expect to go so far. 

“Our side-out was very good and we kept them pressured with our serve. We also made sure we stayed concentrated.”

Bieneck and Grossner recorded an impressive result to reach the last four by knocking out Chen Xue one half of the current FIVB Beach Volleyball world champions and her current partner Xinyi Xia. 

The German pair, who have been partners since 2011 won in straights sets, 2-0 (21-18, 21-18).

“This season we have had many close matches against tough teams that we didn’t win,” Bieneck said. “Today we stayed focused for two sets and served very well and while there was a little bit of wind we used it for our advantage.”

Their previous best World Tour finish came at the 2013 Corrientes Grand Slam, where they reached the quarterfinals, though Bieneck has is the current U23 world champion and won the U19 version in 2009. 

“That is something different,” Bieneck said. “The World Tour is where you develop and get better. It was a great experience to win the U23 World Championships and I am still happy about it, but this is also an amazing result.”

The double-gender US$150,000 FIVB Anapa Open in Russia runs from Tuesday, May 27 through to Sunday June 1 and the top three teams in each gender receive 250, 225 and 200 world ranking points. It is the fifth event and the fourth Open on the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar, which features nine Grand Slams and 11 Open tournaments.

The 2014 World Tour began at the Fuzhou Open in China in April and concludes at the Durban Open in South Africa in December. Next up on the World Tour calendar is the Moscow Grand Slam which runs from June 11-15. 

Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

01.06.2014 15:53:39
Europeans warm up for Euro Champs by dominating Anapa medals

Anapa, Russia, June 1, 2014 – European teams claimed all six medals on offer at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Anapa Open to prepare for the CEV... More...

01.06.2014 15:00:26
Latvian pair end local hopes at Anapa Open

Anapa, Russia, June 1, 2014 – Martins Plavins and Aleksandrs Solovejs ended the hopes of a home win at the Anapa Open when they defeated Russia’s Kons... More...

01.06.2014 10:01:11
Russian and Latvians set to clash in Anapa final

Anapa, Russia, June 1, 2014 – Russia’s Konstantin Semenov and Viacheslav Krasilnikov will meet Latvia’s Martins Plavins and Aleksandrs Solovejs in the... More...

31.05.2014 17:25:53
Swiss in dreamland after reaching Anapa semifinals

31.05.2014 15:44:34
Bieneck and Grossner claim maiden crown at Anapa Open

31.05.2014 11:01:09
Russian duo on verge of home victory

30.05.2014 15:10:07
Local favourite finding form en route to defending Anapa gold

29.05.2014 16:34:52
New Euro partnerships making strides at Anapa Open

29.05.2014 13:20:30
World champion through to knockout phase with perfect record

28.05.2014 16:46:53
German duo makes it two wins from two on first day of main draw

28.05.2014 14:10:50
Latvians battle hard to reach Anapa Open main draw

27.05.2014 09:50:19
Austrians don’t hang about to reach Anapa main draw

26.05.2014 23:31:25
Talking Stats: 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour - May 26

26.05.2014 20:06:16
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour heads to Russia for FIVB Anapa Open

26.05.2014 06:52:52
2014 FIVB World Tour season update after Prague women’s tourney

19.05.2014 23:45:16
Sinjin speaks - words from the beach volleyball legend

30.01.2014 16:36:14
2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour ready for more highlights in record-breaking year