FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Xiamen Open | 7 - 12 October 2014


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Australia’s Jordan and Justine Mowen proceed to main draw for first time at Xiamen Open

Australia's Justine Mowen digs the ball as sister Jordan Mowen prepares to receive in their match against Japan's Keiko Urata and Yui Nagata at the Xiamen Open

 Xiamen, China, October 8, 2014 – Australia’s Jordan Mowen and Justine Mowen beat Japan’s Keiko Urata and Yui Nagata 2-0 (21-13, 21-18) to go through to the main draw at the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Xiamen Open on Wednesday.

Mowen/Mowen carefully adjusted their play to suit the breezy conditions on
Guanyinshan Gold Beach for the first women’s qualification match of the day. With the main draw just one match away, the Australian girls made sure they grasped the chance.

“We’re feeling relieved and excited to get more international opportunities, we’ve never made it before so just looking forward to pool play and getting that experience,” said Justine Mowen.

Urata/Nagata took the lead in the second set and the two teams began to exchange points before Mowen/Mowen regrouped and closed out the match 21-18.

“These conditions are pretty tough so it’s all about the ball control, we’ve played a lot against the Japanese so we knew we had to step it up and hit hard, use our height and all the other things that we have as advantages,” said Justine.

“We tried to keep things a little bit more together and not so big and obviously being aware of which way the wind is going so we can run that way or hit that way,”  said Jordan Mowen.

Mowen/Mowen began playing on the FIVB World Tour in 2009 but had yet to make it into the main draw. The Australian pair are ready to seize the opportunity.  

“We hope to get some wins, to enjoy the experience and have no regrets and just put it all out there because we’ve never made it before into the main draw so we’d just like to make the most of it,” said Jordan.  

“All year we’ve been playing with the pressure of having to win to get through, so it’ll be less pressure. We can enjoy it and maybe we can play a bit more relaxed and play a bit better too,” said Justine.

Turnerova/Tomašeková’s preparation pays off

It was another first for Slovakia’s Tina Turnerova and Gabriela Tomašeková who utilised their experience to dominate the younger Chinese pair of Wang Xinxin and Wang Yuanyuan. Turnerova/Tomašeková had done their homework, putting into place an effective plan before going into the match.

“We were definitely lucky to get this team. Of course we were enquiring about the team and you really cannot compete against our experience, which is our higher age and this is an advantage in beach volleyball. A difference in other fields of life, but in beach volleyball age is very, very good. So we were analysing the team and we found out that the system that we chose was right and we came to the final score 2-0, so that was perfect,” said Turnerova.

Intelligent play by Turnerova/Tomašeková made the Slovakians the dominant pair throughout leading to their two set win 2-0 (21-16, 21-12).

“We have been trying for two years to get to here. Now it’s the first time to get into the qualification and we really got a chance on the table, so we took it and it’s really a very nice feeling, I can’t describe,” said Turnerova.

Our first goal is done so we are satisfied for now but we need to have a little meeting, then we will analyse what we need to do next and we’ll do our best to reach the highest of our possibilities.”

In the final qualification match of the day Laura Bloem and Marloes Wesselink from the Netherlands faced Japan’s Miyuki Matsumura and Hiroko Matsuyama. The Dutch pair beat Miyuki/Matsuyama 2-0 (21-11, 21-16) in 31 minutes and will now hope for similar success in the main draw as their ninth place finish at the 2014 Anapa Open.

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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