Puerto Vallarta Open | 6 - 11 May 2014
Beach Volleyball - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, May 17, 2014 - The Head Coach of Volleyball Canada's High Performance Beach Volleyball Programs, Steve Anderson, sits down with FIVB following the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Puerto Vallarta Open.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, May 12, 2014 - Statistically speaking, the world’s best beach volleyball players are giving fans and developing players worldwide plenty to talk about as the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) has launched the second year of the next Olympic cycle with its 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. This week, the FIVB... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, May 12, 2014 - Following two very busy weeks in China and another in Mexico this past week, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) will now see a week off from competition in its 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, May 11, 2014 - Capping a brilliant week of pro beach volleyball with an all-Brazilian women’s gold medal finale Sunday, Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas used a dazzling display of athleticism to control compatriots Juliana Felisberta/Maria Antonelli and capture the gold as the double-gender US$150,000 FIVB Puerto V... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, May 10, 2014 - Sunday will not be just another day for Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas of Brazil. Not only are the second-seeded Brazilians seeking the “El Trofeo” as the women’s championship team at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Puerto Vallarta Open, but The pair will be playing for their first-ever gold medal ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, May 10, 2014—Stunning, spectacular and sparkling best describe the action Saturday that after three rounds of elimination, produced two teams from Brazil and one each from China and Germany in the women’s final four for Sunday at the double-gender US$150,000 FIVB Puerto Vallarta Open. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, May 10, 2014 - Enjoying the friendliness of the people, the warmth of the temperatures, the smoothness of the imported sand and even the moderate humidity that hovered on the Playa Camarones complex, Latvia’s second-seeded Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins toppled Italy’s 14th-seeded twin brothers Paolo Ingrosso/Matteo Ing... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, May 9, 2014 - For their first trip to Mexico, Finn Dittelbach and Eric Koreng cannot stop talking about how “great the experience” has been for the eighth-seeded German pair, especially after winning two matches here Friday to advance to the “final four” of the Puerto Vallarta Open on the Playa Camarones. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, May 9, 2014—Much to the delight of the partisan home country crowd, Mexico capped off a scintillating day of pro beach volleyball by joining teams from Germany, Italy and Latvia in the men’s final four Saturday at the double-gender US$150,000 FIVB Puerto Vallarta Open, the third event on the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, May 9, 2014 - Pool play completed, 24 women’s teams, including eight who were undefeated at 3-0 in round robin play to win their pools, head to the start of Saturday’s single-elimination play at the double-gender US$150,000 FIVB Puerto Vallarta Open.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, May 8, 2014 — Three women’s teams from Brazil, two from China and Germany and one each from Argentina, Greece, Mexico, Netherlands and USA combined to produce 12 undefeated teams Thursday, each winning both of their pool play matches with one remaining on Friday in the 32-team main draw at the double-gender US$150,000 ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, May 8, 2014 — Teams from Australia, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Italy, Latvia, host nation Mexico and USA won their respective pools Thursday as the field has been reduced to 24 from the 32-team men’s main draw for Friday’s start of single-elimination rounds at the double-gender US$150,000 FIVB Puerto Vallarta Open, the th... Read full news
Mexico’s Puerto Vallarta hosts its first FIVB Beach Volleyball Open
Puerto Vallarta, the Pacific Ocean resort city on Mexico’s west coast is preparing to host its first FIVB Beach Volleyball international event when the double-gender FIVB Puerto Vallarta Open is held May 6-11. While it will be the first FIVB international event in Puerto Vallarta, it will be the fifth time the country has hosted a FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event. It will be the second of seven double-gender Open events on the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour schedule.
Previously, Acapulco had FIVB World Tour events in 1999, 2005 and 2006 and Rosarito Beach hosted a FIVB World Tour stop in 2000. In the first four events in Mexico, Brazil and the United States captured all but three of the 24 total medals.
Brazil leads the way winning 11 total medals (four gold medals, four silvers and three bronze) followed by the USA with 10 total medals (four gold, three silver and three bronze). Australia (two) and Norway (one) have won the other medals in the women’s competition.
By gender, Brazil has won seven men’s and four women’s medals and the USA has won five men’s and five women’s medals in the four previous events held in Mexico.
Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican seaside resort city located on the Pacific Ocean's Bahia de Banderas. The 2010 census reported Puerto Vallarta's population as 255,725 making it the second largest city in the state of Jalisco. The city of Puerto Vallarta is the government seat of the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta which comprises the city as well as population centers outside of the city extending from Boca de Tomatlán to the Nayarit state border (the Amerca River).
Puerto Vallarta's proximity to the Bay of Banderas, the agricultural valley of the Ameca River, and the important mining centers in the Sierra have given the town a more interesting past than most Mexican tourist destinations. Puerto Vallarta was a thriving Mexican village long before it became an international tourist destination. Tourism is now a major economic activity because of the climate, scenery, tropical beaches, and rich cultural history.
The eleven FIVB Beach Volleyball Opens on the 2014 FIVB World Tour include seven double-gender, two men-only and two women-only tournaments, adding numerous possibilities for athletes to compete in high quality, FIVB international competition. Over the course of the year more Open events could be added to the schedule, ensuring that all five Confederations will host an FIVB event in 2014.
The 2014 FIVB World Ranking system will include FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam and Open events along with additional pre-approved events at the inter-continental, continental and national levels.
Implemented in 2013, the format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments – whether 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.
The 2014-2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup also returns this year as it starts its portion of the qualification process for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.