Sochi Open presented by VTB | 3 - 8 May 2016
Beach Volleyball - Sochi, Russia, May 8, 2016 - After losing to host country favorites Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov in a three-set pool play match Thursday, Italians Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai avenged the setback here Sunday evening to capture the gold medal at the US$150,000 Sochi Open before a jam-packed at the Sport Inn center court. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Sochi, Russia, May 8, 2016 - Entering the women’s Sochi Open women’s gold medal match here Sunday, Spain’s Elsa Baquerizo and Liliana Fernandez were rolling along with six-straight wins highlighted by an upset of the top team on the 2015-2016 FIVB World Tour ranking list.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Sochi, Russia, May 8, 2016 - Ilke Semmler did not want to talk about it after she and German partner Katrin Holtwick captured the Sochi Open women’s bronze medal match here Sunday by defeating Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth of Italy in three-sets.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Sochi, Russia, May 8, 2016 - After a listless semi-final setback to a team from Italy Saturday, Americans Tri Bourne and John Hyden bounced back here Sunday in the Sochi Open bronze medal match to post a three-set win over another team from the European country - Adrian Carambula and Alex Ranghieri.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Sochi, Russia, May 8, 2016 – Spanish duo Liliana Fernandez and Elsa Baquerizo are riding high into the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Sochi Open final, after eliminating Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth of Italy from gold medal contention at Sport Inn on Saturday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, May 8, 2016 – The Russian city of Sochi hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 2014 but this week the sport is more summerlike as it hosts the Sochi Open on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Sochi, Russia, May 7, 2016 - After placing fourth in the inaugural event in this Black Sea coastal resort last September, Viacheslav Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov will play in the US$150,000 Sochi Open finals this time after the Russian pair posted a semi-final upset here Saturday evening over a team from Italy that they had never beaten befor... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Sochi, Russia, May 7, 2016 - Joana Heidrich’s block and Nadine Zumkehr’s defense played a vital part in the Swiss pairs second trip to a FIVB World Tour finale after their two-set win over the experienced German tandem of Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler in the second women’s semi-final here Saturday evening in the US$150,000 Sochi Open.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Sochi, Russia, May 7, 2016 – If it wasn’t for Tri Bourne and John Hyden, the semi-finals for both men and women at the US$150,000 Sochi Open would be an All-European affairs as the American pair rallied to defeat a team from France here Saturday mid-day on an outside court at Sport Inn near the Black Sea coastline.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Sochi, Russia, May 7, 2016 - Led by defending Sochi Open champions Marta Menegatti and Viktoria Orsi Toth of Italy, three of the top 10 teams on the 2015-2016 FIVB World Tour ranking list have advanced to the “final four” of the second annual event here Saturday after winning mid-day matches on the rain-soaked courts at Sport Inn.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Sochi, Russia, May 6, 2016 - Friday was not a day for the men’s teams that won their pool here Thursday at the US$150,000 Sochi Open as six of the eight group titlists failed to win a match during the opening elimination rounds on the four Beach Volleyball courts at Sport Inn in this Black Sea coastal resort setting.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Sochi, Russia, May 6, 2016 - With all the pre-tournament talk about a possible Argentina versus Russia confrontation as women’s pairs from the two countries compete for the last spot via the FIVB World Tour for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the “real” match was between Beach Volleyball tandems from China and Switzerland that are also on the “bubble” ... Read full news
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour returning to Sochi, Russia for FIVB Open
Returning to Russia for the 12th consecutive year, the 2015/2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will have two events in the country, starting with the double-gender FIVB Sochi Open presented by VTB, to be held in Sochi on May 3-8. The event in Sochi will be the 18th FIVB men’s event and the 16th time a FIVB women’s tournament will be held in Russia.
A total of 32 previous FIVB World Tour events have been staged in Russia. Besides Sochi, the other Russian cities that have hosted a FIVB World Tour event are Anapa, Moscow and St. Petersburg. This year’s FIVB Moscow Grand Slam will be held May 24-29.
The first men’s FIVB World Tour event was played February 17-22, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil while the first women’s FIVB World Tour event in Brazil was played in 1993 in Rio de Janeiro. The women’s FIVB World Tour held its first tournament in Spain in 1992.
The 2015/2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar began with three Open events at the end of 2015. The remainder of the 2015/2016 calendar will include multiple FIVB Open and multiple FIVB Grand Slam events along with more Swatch FIVB Major Series events, and the second Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals. The highlight of the calendar will be the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil featuring 24 teams in each gender.
Through 2015, Russia has hosted a total of 32 FIVB World Tour events (17 men, 15 women) with Brazil leading the medal count in both genders. In the men’s totals after 17 events, Brazil has 15 medals, followed by Germany and the USA with seven each, Russia with five, Latvia and Switzerland with three each and China , Netherlands and Spain with two each. With one men’s medal in Russia are Argentina, Italy, Norway, Poland and Portugal.
After 15 FIVB World Tour women’s events held in Russia through the 2015 season, Brazil leads the medal parade with 15 total medals followed by the USA with nine, China with six, Germany and Russia with four each. Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland have two each and Spain has one medal.
The men’s championship team of the 2015 FIVB Sochi Open was Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins while winning the 2015 women’s gold medal in Sochi was Italy’s Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth.
Sochi is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia and Russia. The Greater Sochi area, which includes territories and localities subordinated to Sochi proper, has a total area of 3,526 square kilometers (1,361 sq mi) and sprawls for 145 kilometers (90 mi) along the shores of the Black Sea near the Caucasus Mountains.
According to the 2010 Census, the city had a permanent population of 343,334 making it Russia's largest resort city. Being part of the Caucasian Riviera, it is one of the very few places in Russia with a temperate climate, with warm to hot summers and mild winters.
With the alpine and Nordic events held at the nearby ski resort of Roza Khutor, Sochi hosted the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014, as well as the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix from 2014 until at least 2020. It will also be one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The event continues the road to Rio that lasts until June 13, 2016 with FIVB World Tour events counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine the 15 of 24 spots for each gender that will take part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The 2016 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. While the FIVB World Championships had 48 teams, all other tournaments have 32 teams and begin with a qualification tournament in each gender to determine the final eight teams in the main draw fields.
Country quota playoffs are also held, as needed, to determine the final teams for qualification tournaments.
The 2014-2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup is back again this year as it completes its portion of the qualification process for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.