Stare Jablonki Grand Slam | 19 - 24 August 2014
Beach Volleyball - August 24, 2014 – Brazilian teams topped both the men’s and women’s podiums at the Stare Jablonki Grand Slam and will now travel to the next stop on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, the Sao Paolo Grand Slam, with renewed confidence.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - August 24, 2014 – Pedro Salgado and Alvaro Filho made a perfect start to life as a pair when they won the Stare Jablonki Grand Slam gold medal on Sunday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - August 24, 2014 – Pedro Salgado and Alvaro Filho set up a gold medal match against Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins after they won the first of the Stare Jablonki Grand Slam semifinals on Sunday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - August 23, 2014 – Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes wrapped up the women’s Stare Jablonki Grand Slam on Saturday and will aim to match that success when they play on home sand at the Sao Paolo Grand Slam in September.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - August 23, 2014 – Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst continued their progress at the Stare Jablonki Grand Slam by reaching the men’s semifinals on Saturday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - August 23, 2014 – Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes completed their run from the qualifying rounds to top of the podium when they defeated Laura Ludwig and Julia Sude in the women’s Stare Jablonki gold medal match on Saturday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - August 23, 2014 – Laura Ludwig and Julia Sude battled back from being set point down seven times in the opening set of their Stare Jablonki Grand Slam semifinal to beat Taiana Lima and Fernanda Alves and reach the gold medal match on Saturday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - August 22, 2014 – There is the possibility of an all-Brazilian or an all-German women’s final at the Stare Jablonki Grand Slam on Saturday after two sides from each country advanced to the semifinals on Friday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - August 22, 2014 – Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler have their eyes set on another set of gold medals after they reached the Stare Jablonki Grand Slam semifinals on Friday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - August 22, 2014 – Casey Patterson and Jacob Gibb ensured that they made it through to the Stare Jablonki Grand Slam second elimination round when they defeated FIVB Beach Volleyball world champions Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen on Friday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - August 21, 2014 – Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst silenced the centre court crowd at the Stare Jablonki Grand Slam when they defeated local favourites and number one seeds Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fijalek on the first day of the men’s main draw on Thursday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - August 21, 2014 – Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan recovered from losing both their matches on the opening day of the Stare Jablonki Grand Slam to win twice and progress to the second knockout round on Thursday.... Read full news
Stare Jablonki a ‘happening’ FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam
A quiet village in the Mazury region of Poland will again become the center of the beach volleyball world from August 19-24 as Stare Jablonki gears up to host the FIVB Stare Jablonki Grand Slam, the 10th and final Grand Slam of the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
While there have been 22 all-time total FIVB World Tour events held in Poland, the competition in 2014 will be 11th men’s and sixth women’s FIVB World Tour event held on the spacious grounds of the luxurious Anders Hotel in Stare Jablonki. In 2013, Stare Jablonki and the Anders Hotel played host to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.
Featuring men’s-only competition for the first four years starting in 2004, Stare Jablonki had a double gender FIVB Open tournament in 2008. It then moved up a step to hold Poland's first FIVB Grand Slam in 2009. This will be the 11th consecutive year that Stare Jablonki will have hosted a FIVB international men’s tournament and the seventh consecutive year for a FIVB international women’s event.
Besides Stare Jablonki, the other Polish sites of FIVB international events have been Myslowice and Warsaw. Myslowice also hosted the FIVB Beach Volelyball Under 19 World Championships (2006) and the FIVB Beach Volleyball Under 21 World Championships in 2007.
Poland has hosted a total of 22 FIVB World Tour events (12 men, 10 women) over a 10-year period with Brazil leading the medal count in both genders. In the men’s totals, Brazil has 13 medals, followed by the USA with six, Germany with five each, Spain with three, and with one men’s medal each in Stare Jablonki are Argentina, Australia, Austria, China, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland and Switzerland.
After 10 FIVB World Tour women’s events held in Poland, Brazil leads the medal parade with 14 total medals followed by China with five, Germany and USA with three each, Italy with two and with one women’s medal in Poland are Australia, the Netherlands and Norway.
Winning the gold medal at the men’s 2013 FIVB World Championships in Stare Jablonki was the duo of Alexendar Brouwer/Robert Meeuswen of the Netherlands, while China’s two-time Olympians Chen Xue/Xi Zhang did the honours in the women's competition.
Stare Jablonki is a quaint village with a permanent population of about 700 located in the Mazury region of northern Poland, resting on the pristine shores of Lake Mazury.
The 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will include 10 double-gender FIVB Grand Slam tournaments along with the inaugural FIVB Grand Slam and eleven FIVB Beach Volleyball Open events.
This year's 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.