FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Long Beach Grand Slam | 18 - 23 August 2015


Press release

The Day After - Italy out, Turkey in

Volkan Gogtepe (left) and Murat Giginoglu after winning Turkey's first-ever medal at a FIVB World Tour event this past May in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 12, 2015 - A day after being announced as a Main Draw participant in next week’s US$800,000 ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball in the United States, Italy’s “up-and-coming” team of Adrian Carambula and Alex Ranghieri had to withdraw from the FIVB World Tour stop in southern California due to injury.

With a back injury forcing Carambula to withdraw from the third annual event to be played on the TrueCar Court at Alamitos Beach in Long Beach, the Turkish pair of Murat Giginoglu/Volkan Gogtepe were moved from the Qualification Tournament entry list to the Main Draw.

The first men’s or women’s team from Turkey to medal at a FIVB World Tour event since the start of Beach Volleyball competition in 1987, Giginoglu and Gogtepe are ranked 22nd internationally this season.  The Turks started the 2015 campaign by winning the bronze medal at May’s Lucerne Open in Switzerland.

In their last FIVB World Tour appearance three weeks ago in Japan, Giginoglu and Gogtepe placed fifth in the Yokohama Grand Slam with an “impressive” elimination bracket win over Brazilians Evandro Goncalves and Pedro Solberg (2-0,  21-17, 21-17), the No. 2-ranked tandem on the international circuit.  The ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball event will be the Turks’ 11th FIVB tournament as the pair has compiled a 27-22 match record.

Carambula, who is a leading candidate for the FIVB World Tour’s rookie-of-the-year, and Ranghieri have played in only five of 10 events this season to rank 27th internationally  The pair has two “final four” finishes this season with a third in Porec Major in Croatia and a fourth at the Gstaad Major in Switzerland.  In Yokohama, the pair placed 25th despite upsetting Americans Tri Bourne and John Hyden in pool play.

With the withdrawal of the Italians along with a Czech Republic men’s team from the qualifier, a total of 107 teams (58 men, 49 women) from 32 countries are still entered in the 10th men's and 11th women's event on the 2015 FIVB World Tour calendar.

The qualification tournaments for the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball will be played Tuesday followed by the opening Main Draw rounds Wednesday.  The 32-team Main Draws for both genders will feature pool play with the top three group finishers advancing to the elimination rounds.

Pool winners are guaranteed a first-round “bye” in the knockout rounds when the 24-team elimination bracket begins August 21.  The medal matches will be played August 23 with the winning teams sharing the $57,000 first-place prizes.  Here are the Main Draw entries for the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball (current FIVB World Tour ranking):

• Isaac Kapa/Christopher McHugh, Australia (T24)
• Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst, Austria (5)
• Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt, Brazil (1)
• Evandro Gonçalves/Pedro Solberg, Brazil (2)
• Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil (10)
• Chaim Schalk/Ben Saxton, Canada (8)
• Josh Binstock/Sam Schachter, Canada (13)
• Esteban Grimalt/Marco Grimalt, Chile (32)
• Jonathan Erdmann/Kay Matysik, Germany (16)
• Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo, Italy (12)
• Matteo Ingrosso/Paolo Ingrosso, Italy (23)
• Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins, Latvia (T27)
• Juan Virgen/Lombardo Ontiveros, Mexico (21)
• Reinder Nummerdor/Christiaan Varenhorst, Netherlands (4)
• Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen, Netherlands (3)
• Grzegorz Fijalek/Mariusz Prudel, Poland (11)
• Michal Kadziola/Jakub Szalankiewicz, Poland (33)
• Konstantin Semenov/Viacheslav Krasilnikov, Russia (14)
• Pablo Herrera/Adrián Gavira, Spain (7)
• Murat Giginoglu/Volkan Gogtepe, Turkey (22)
• Jacob Gibb/Casey Patterson, United States (6)
• John Hyden/Tri Bourne, United States (15)
• Theo Brunner/Sean Rosenthal, United States (NR)
• Nicholas Lucena/Philip Dalhausser, United States (NR)

• Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy, Australia (5)
• Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas, Brazil (1)
• Juliana Felisberta/Maria Antonelli, Brazil (3)
• Larissa França/Talita Antunes, Brazil (4)
• Liliane Maestrini/Carolina Horta, Brazil (T27)
• Heather Bansley/Sarah Pavan, Canada (2)
• Kristina Valjas/Jamie Lynn Broder, Canada (6)
• Fan Wang/Yuan Yue, China (13)
• Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst, Germany (7)
• Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude, Germany (11)
• Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler, Germany (16)
• Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth, Italy (15)
• Madelein Meppelink/Marleen Van Iersel, Netherlands (9)
• Kinga Kolosinska/Monika Brzostek, Poland (17)
• Ekaterina Birlova/Evgenia Ukolova, Russia (18)
• Natalia Dubovcova/Dominika Nestarcova, Slovak Republic (22)
• Liliana Fernández/Elsa Baquerizo, Spain (12)
• Nadine Zumkehr/Joana Heidrich, Switzerland (19)
• Isabella Forrer/Anouk Verge-Depre, Switzerland (23)
• April Ross/Kerri Walsh, United States (30)
• Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Sweat, United States (14)
• Jennifer Kessy/Emily Day, United States (21)
• Jennifer Fopma/Brittany Hochevar, United States (NR)
• Miller Pata/Linline Matauatu, Vanuatu (T33)

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