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Silesia Open | Men
  24/04/2012 - 29/04/2012

Seven teams from six countries advance to qualifications in Myslowice

Harley Marques and Evandro Goncalves (diving) earned a spot in the Silesia Open qualification tournament, defeating two other teams from Brazil in the country quota.
Myslowice, Poland, April 24, 2012 – Seven teams from six countries earned a spot in the qualification tournament at the FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour Silesia Open. Host country Poland advanced two teams after the country quota matches on Tuesday at Slupna Park in Myslowice, the other teams are from the Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic, Canada and Brazil.

Among the players that made it to the qualifications is 49-year-old Roberto Papagna from Italy, who made his debut on the World Tour on Tuesday. He and his partner Gianluca Oligeri beat Filippo Cecchini and Marco Sordelli 21-9 21-14. Papagna, probably one of the oldest players ever on the World Tour, only started playing beach volleyball when he was 37. Before that he was an athlete, competing in 400m and 800m on national level.

“I just want to have fun”, said Papagna, who had major surgery on his chest artery last year. “Of course I want to win, but I like the game and want to play and have fun. And I enjoy sightseeing here as well, I rented a car and visited the city and ate some local food, just like a tourist.”

Out of three Brazilian teams Harley Marques and Evandro Goncalves were the ones to advance from the country quota. They first eliminated Luciano De Paula and Hevaldo Sabino in two sets 21-17 21-17. In the second and final match they were up against Benjamin Insfran and Bruno Schmidt. Veteran Harley (37) and his new partner Evandro won the first set 21-16, but had a tough game in the second. Although they came back from behind from 20-12 to 20-15 they lost 21-15 after a net serve from Harley. The final set was one of great rallies, the game going back and forth until 8-8. Harley and an excellent blocking Evandro eventually won the third set and the match at 15-12.

The new Brazilian duo finished an excellent fifth place last week in Brasilia, at the 2012 FIVB SWATCH World Tour opening event. Harley admitted it was frustrating having to start in qualification after that. “But Evandro is only playing his second event and does not have a lot of points yet. But we fired it up an are happy we won.’’

Poland advanced two teams, who both played their first World Tour event. Kacper Kujawiak and Alex Andryszewski beat Kaczmarek/Pelka in two sets (22-20 23-21) and Dominik Kmiecik and Bartosz Bernat defeated Golka/Wierzbicki, also in two sets (21-14 21-16). Bernat: “This is not only our first World Tour event, but our first beach volleyball event as well. We started the adventure with beach volleyball last year, so we are happy we can be here. We know we did not do our best in today's game and our goal is to play as well as we can, as we during training sessions. Today we made only about 20 per cent.”

For the Netherlands Jon Stiekema and Christiaan Varenhorst advanced to the qualification tournament. They needed three sets against Stan van Laanen and Marco Daalmeijer (16-21 22-20 15-9). Jindrich Weiss and Ondrej Kolder earned a spot after defeating their Czech compatriots Michal Provaznik and Filip Hanak in three sets: 21-12 18-21 15-11. For Canada Matt Zbyszewsky and Chaim Schalk advanced, eliminating compatriots Richard Van Huizen and Garrett May 21-17 21-17.

The FIVB SWATCH World Tour Silesia Open will continue on Wednesday with the qualification tournament, starting at 8.30, with almost 60 teams playing for eight spots in main draw. The main draw matches will start on Thursday with the semifinals scheduled for Saturday and the medal matches for Sunday.

The town of Myslowice, located 70 km outside Krakow, is hosting the FIVB SWATCH World Tour for the fifth time after successfully hosting the Junior and World Championships in 2006 en 2007. The first World Tour edition in 2008 was a women’s only event, as was the 2011 event. In 2009 and 2010 only the men travelled to Myslowice. Two years ago USA’s Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers beat Spain’s Adrian Gavira and Pablo Herrera in the final while Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann from Germany won bronze.   
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