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2011 Youth World Championships | Women
  21/06/2011 - 26/06/2011

Croatia set to host 73 teams from 29 countries in Umag’s ATP Stadion for 2011 FIVB Beach Volley Swatch Youth World Championships

Croatia is set to host the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Championships for players under 19 at Umag's ATP Stadion. A total of 73 teams (38 men, 35 women) from 29 countries are in Umag for the 10th anniversary of this event.

Umag, Croatia, June 21, 2011—After staging four men’s stops on the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour in the Zagreb (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) and one Sattelite event for men on Lopar Island, Croatia is again returning to the world stage as the popular tourist destination of Umag will host the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch Youth World Championships for players under the age of 19. This year’s 10th annual double-gender event starts tomorrow in Umag, a city of nearly 15,000 located on the Adriactic Sea in the Istria region of Croatia. The world championship event is being held through Sunday at the impressive ATP Stadion-Umag, a professional tennis complex nestled around a lagoon on the shore of the Adriatic Sea.

Gathered in Umag for this year’s event are 74 teams (38 men and 36 women) from 30 countries. With 20 teams in each gender pre-seeded into their respective main draws, qualification tournaments will be held Wednesday to determine the final four main draw spots. The 24 teams will be divided into six four-team pools for round-robin play on Thursday and Friday with the top two teams in each pool along with the best four third place teams advancing to the single-elimination bracket phas that will begin on Saturday.  The medal matches for each gender will be held on Sunday event on the ATP Stadion-Umag center court.

A total of 1,900 tons of special sand have been transported to the ATP Stadion complex to build the four competition and two practice courts for the ventue. The sand was brought from Cazma, Croatia, which 370 kilometers east of Umag near Zagreb, Croatia’s capital.

“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 2011 or 2012.”

Countries represented in Umag at the 10th anniversary of this event are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United States.

The coastal city of Umag is the Westernmost town in Croatia, and the natural beauty of historic Umag’s countryside and turquoise water of the Adriatic have made the city an internationally popular summer destination. While this will be the first time the city has hosted an international beach volleyball event, Umag does annually host in July the Croatia Open tennis tournament which is part of the ATP World Tour.

As the host nation, Croatia has three teams in each gender pre-seeded into the main draw.  The men’s teams are Mario Boras/Ivan Zelijkovic, Tomislav Fuzul/Bruno Simunic and Antonio Starc/Sandro Venier.  The three women’s teams representing Croatia are Alisa Hasanbegovic/Tena Sunic, Ivana Ovcina/Zrinka Sutalo and Josipa Pivac/Sara Radanovic.

While the Brazilian men and women have dominated the FIVB U-21 competition with 16 medals combined, the U-18/19 championships has seen the medal and “final four” count distributed among 21 countries as compared to 20 nations for the junior event.  The German men and women have combined to capture five U18/19 gold medals as Christine Aulenbrock and Victoria Bieneck topped the women’s podium in 2009 at Alanya, Turkey.  Overall, Germany has 13 combined U18/19 medals and 15 “final four” finishes.  Poland ranks second with eight medals and 13 “final four” placements.  The Netherlands is other country with multi-U18/19 world titles with a pair of women’s gold medals in 2002 and 2007.

The Polish team of Michal Kadziola and Jakub Szalankiewicz gave their country the lead on the men’s medal list by capturing the 2007 U-19 title.  Estonia claimed its first junior/youth world championship medal in 2008 as the men’s team of Kristo Kollo and Oliver Venno claimed the title.  Ukraine became the 12th country to win a youth world championship gold medal as the men’s team of Sergiy Popov and Valeriy Samoday topped the Alanya podium in 2009. Poland returned to the top of the podium again in 2010 in Porto, Portugal with the gold medal victory by Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak.

After finishing fifth in Alanya in 2009, the United States tandem of Jane Croson/Summer Ross captured the gold medal in 2010 in Porto. It was the first women’s medal for the USA in this event. Ross capped her successful summer of 2010 by becoming the first person to win both the youth and junior world championships in the same year. In Alanya, Turkey, she won the gold medal with Tara Roenicke.

Germany, which was denied a women’s podium placement for the first-time in 2007 (and again in 2010), rebounded in 2008 as Chantal Laboureur and Levke Spinger won the gold medal followed by Christine Aulenbrock and Victoria Bieneck’s title in 2009.  The Netherland’s Danielle Remmers and Michelle Stiekema claimed the 2007 title as the Dutch team of Sanne Keizer and Arjanne Stevens won the first-ever women’s gold medal when the competition was for players under the age of 18.  The age for the competition was changed in 2005 for players under the age of 19.

FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch Youth World Championships - Final Four Placements
Men’s Gold Silver Bronze Medals 4ths Final 4s
Poland 2 1 3 6 2 8
Germany 2 1 1 4 2 6
Russia 0 2 1 3 0 3
Brazil 1 1 0 2 0 2
Ukraine 1 0 1 2 0 2
Italy 0 1 1 2 0 2
USA 0 2 0 2 0 2
Spain 0 0 1 1 1 2
Slo. 1 0 0 1 0 1
Estonia 1 0 0 1 0 1
Lith. 1 0 0 1 0 1
Latvia 0 0 1 1 0 1
Greece 0 1 0 1 0 1
Canada 0 0 0 0 2 2
France 0 0 0 0 1 1
Mexico 0 0 0 0 1 1
Women’s Gold Silver Bronze Medals 4ths Final 4s
Germany 3 1 5 9 0 9
Netherlands 2 2 0 4 1 5
Poland 1 1 0 2 3 5
Brazil 1 2 0 3 2 5
Russia 0 2 2 4 0 4
Australia 1 0 1 2 0 2
United States 1 0 0 1 0 1
Czech Republic 0 0 1 1 1 2
Italy 0 1 0 1 0 1
Mexico 0 0 0 0 1 1
Switzerland 0 0 0 0 1 1


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