Moscow Grand Slam | 26 - 31 May 2015
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, May 23, 2016 – For Brazil’s four Olympic pairs the Moscow Grand Slam which begins on Tuesday, May 24 begins their countdown to playing in front of their home fans at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, June 1, 2015 – The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Moscow Grand Slam in Russia – the first Grand Slam tournament in 2015 – wrapped up with big celebrations from Spain’s Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira as they captured their first gold medal after 62 events and 332 matches on the FIVB World Tour, and Brazil’s Larissa Franca a... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 31, 2015 - It has been a long-time coming and after 62 events and 332 matches on the FIVB World Tour, Spain’s Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira have “finally” captured a gold medal on the international circuit by posting a hard-fought two-set victory here Sunday in the US$800,000 Moscow Grand Slam over a new team - Evandro Goncalv... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 31, 2015 – Keep up with all the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour action from the US$800,000 Moscow Grand Slam with our live text commentary.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 31, 2015 - There is no question about it, the team to beat on the women's FIVB World Tour for a gold medal is Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca of Brazil.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 31, 2015 - Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth claimed their second-straight women’s medal at a FIVB World Tour Grand Slam event as the Italians posted a two-set win over Fan Wang and Yuan Yue of China in the second of four matches at the Vodny Stadium Beach Sports Center here Sunday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 31, 2015 - Germany will join Brazil and Spain on the US$800,000 Moscow Grand Slam men’s podium as Jonathan Erdmann and Kay Matysik snapped a three-match losing streak to Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt to defeat the Brazilians in two sets to win the bronze medal Sunday at the FIVB World Tour event.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 30, 2015 - Qualifying for the Olympics will bring out the best in teams and the Moscow Grand Slam is the first “big” test on the “Road to Rio”.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 30, 2015 - Evandro Goncalves and Pedro Salgado were "perfect" Saturday at the Moscow Grand Slam by defeating two compatriot tandems, including a 2-0 (21-18, 21-19) semi-final win over Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt in 42 minutes. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 30, 2015 - Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira won two matches for Spain here Saturday at the Vodny Stadium Beach Sports Center, including a semi-final win over ninth-seeded Jonathan Erdmann/Kay Matysik of Germany 2-0 (21-17, 21-18) in 39 minutes. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 30, 2015 - Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca of Brazil posted a 2-0 (21-13, 23-21) semi-final win in 33 minutes over Fan Wang and Yuan Yu of China at the Moscow Grand Slam Saturday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Moscow, Russia, May 30, 2015 - Reigning European champions Madelein Meppelink and Marleen Van Iersel of The Netherlands advanced to the gold medal match at the Moscow Grand Slam by posting a semi-final win Saturday over Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth of Italy 2-0 (21-16, 21-16) in 38 minutes. ... Read full news
FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam heading to Moscow once again
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour returns to Russia from May 26 to 31 for the double-gender FIVB Moscow Grand Slam. The Moscow event will mark the 16th time for a men’s competition in Russia and 14th women’s tournament held in this expansive country. The 2015 event will be the 10th FIVB World Tour event held in Moscow (seventh straight year) as the initial events were men’s-only Opens in 1998 and 1999.
There will again be a second FIVB World Tour event in Russia, with the inaugural FIVB Sochi Open being held from September 8 to 13.
Moscow is one of three Russian cities to host a FIVB beach volleyball international event joining Anapa and St. Petersburg. This year’s FIVB Moscow Grand Slam will be the first of five FIVB Grand Slam events with a total purse of $800,000 each.
Moscow is the capital and largest city in Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural and scientific center in Russia and in Eurasia. Moscow is the northernmost megacity in the world and fifth largest city proper in the world with a population of over 11.5 million. It is situated on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia and is the site of the Moscow Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress that is today the residence of the Russian president. The Moscow Kremlin is also one of several World Heritage Sites in the city. Both chambers of the Russian parliament also sit in Moscow.
Through 2014, Russia has hosted a total of 28 FIVB World Tour events (15 men, 13 women) with Brazil leading the medal count in both genders. In the men’s totals after 15 events, Brazil has 14 medals, followed by Germany and the USA with six each, Russia with five, Switzerland with three and China , Latvia and the Netherlands with two each. With one men’s medal in Russia are Argentina, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
After 13 FIVB World Tour women’s events held in Russia through last year, Brazil leads the medal parade with 14 total medals followed by the USA with nine, China with six, Germany and Russia with four each. Netherlands and Spain have one medal each.
The men’s championship team of the 2014 FIVB Moscow Grand Slam was Russia’s own Konstantin Semenov/Viacheslav Krasilnokov while winning the 2014 women’s gold medal in Moscow was USA Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings/April Ross.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2015 calendar will include five FIVB Grand Slams, the new FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch Major Series of three events, six FIVB Opens and a special FIVB Swatch Beach Volleyball Season Final in the United States.
The showcase event will be the $1 million FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015.
A total of 14 countries will host events this year as the FIVB World Tour 2015 also begins the Olympic qualification process with all FIVB World Tour events (except the World Tour Finals) in 2015 up until June 13, 2016 counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine the 15 vacancies for each gender that will take part in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The 2015 FIVB World Ranking system will again 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 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.