FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Xiamen Open | 7 - 12 October 2014


Press release

2014 FIVB World Tour leaders Juliana/Antonelli prepare to take on Xiamen

Brazil's Maria Antonelli dives for the ball during a training session with partner Juliana Felisberta Da Silva at the 2014 FIVB Xiamen Open on Tuesday

Xiamen, China, October 7, 2014 – USA’s Tealle Hunkus and Kendra Vanzwieten earn a bye directly into Thursday’s main draw as top seeded qualifiers at the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Xiamen Open. The FIVB World Tour visits Xiamen for the second consecutive year and the $150,000 Xiamen Open is the third FIVB event in China this year.

Hunkus/Vanzwieten play in their first major tournament together and a spot in the main draw may pit them against the likes of favourites Juliana Felisberta Silva and Maria Antonelli from Brazil. Juliana/Antonelli top the 2014 FIVB World Season Rankings and have seen incredible form this year with 64 match wins, the most on the FIVB World Tour in 2014.


Hunkus/Vanzwieten proceed directly into the main draw along with Katarzyna Kociolek and Jagoda Cruszczynska (POL), Dorota Strag and Karolina Baran (POL), Ester Ribera Boter and Amaranta Fernandez Navarro (ESP) and Jenny Heinemann and Anika Krebs (GER).

Six teams will battle for the three remaining main draw spots on Wednesday beginning with Keiko Urata and Yui Nagata of Japan up against Australia’s Jordan Mowen and Justine Mowen.

Xiamen 2014 men

All eight lucky men’s qualifiers proceed directly into Wednesday’s main draw: Likejiang HA and Jian Bao (CHN), Iver Andreas Horrem and Geir Eithun (NOR), Sean Faiga and Ariel Hilman (ISR), Yannick Salvetti and Jean Baptiste Daguerre (FRA), Simon Fecteau-Boutin and Alex Corsi Caya (CAN), Yasuo Nakaya and Daitsuke Matsumoto (JPN), Hitoshi Murakami and Takumi Takahashi (JPN) and Keisuke Shimizu and Junki Hatabe (JPN).

Turkey’s Volkan Gögtepe and Murat Giginoglu enter the main draw with most points coming off the back of their best result to date with a fifth place finish at the FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam just two weeks ago. Men’s main draw pool matches begin on Wednesday.

With the Grand Slam portion of the 2014 FIVB World Tour now complete, the tour continues after Xiamen with four double-gender FIVB Open events along with one men-only FIVB Open tournament.  The tour will travel to Argentina for the FIVB Parana Open (Oct. 28-Nov. 2) before heading to Doha for the men-only FIVB Qatar Open (Nov. 4-8). India will then host the double-gender FIVB Vizag Open (Nov. 25-30), before the 2014 calendar comes to a close in South Africa with the double-gender FIVB Mangaung Open (Dec. 9-14).

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