Moscow, Russia, June 29, 2012—As the action continues to intensify on the Russian sand, Austria, Mexico and host country Russia remain undefeated following Friday’s second day of men’s country pool play at the double-gender 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Cup Olympic Qualification Tournament where two teams from each gender will emerge with spots in the field of 24 for next month’s 2012 London Olympic Games.
With the road to London clearly before them, 24 teams representing 12 countries have two men’s teams each in Moscow this week as the men will play five rounds of country pool play for two six-country pools before deciding the four teams that will advance to Sunday’s finals.
Austria leads men’s Pool B with an impressive 4-0 record following victories Friday over Cuba and Poland, Mexico and Russia both are 3-0 with Mexico defeating Australia and Russia beating the Netherlands on Friday.
Overall, 47 teams representing 17 countries have two teams each in Moscow this week competing at Vodny Stadium on the grounds of the Royal Yacht Club on the banks the Moscow River,
In this unique-format country competition, with countries from the same FIVB Confederations split into separate pools, play will continue through Sunday. The top two national federations per gender from this competition will claim the final two berths to the Games, completing the beach volleyball lineup. After pool play, the top two countries in each gender will playoff in a final showdown early Sunday evening for the final two tickets to London.
Russia’s two teams that overcame teams from the Netherlands were Serguei Prokopiev/Konstantin Semenov and Dmitri Barsouk/Yury Bogatov. Prokopiev/Semenov opened things up for Russia with a golden set victory over Netherlands Emiel Boersma/Alexander Brouwer 21-15, 21-15 in 41 while Barsouk/Bogatov lost to Netherlands Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen, 15-21, 21-16, 13-15 in 49 minutes. In the golden set, Prokopiev/Semenov defeated Brouwer/Meeuwsen, 15-13 in 15 minutes.
“It was one of the most important battles in the pool,” commented Semenov after the country match-up against the Netherlands. “We had a good start in the first match, but then our second team wasn't able to get the victory. The golden set was really tough, we couldn't lose in front of our crowd, they supported us so well. Big emotions and good attitudes helped us to win this match. Now we need to confirm our leadership tomorrow morning against Mexico to gain a stronger position in our pool.”
The undefeated teams for Austria are Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst and Alexander Huber/Robin Seidl while the unbeaten teams from Mexico are Juan Virgen/Aldo Miramontes and brothers Lombardo and Ulises Ontiveros. Austria’s twin victories Friday were over Cuba and Poland while Mexico’s single victory over Australia.
With some teams playing once and some twice in Friday’s pool play action, behind the undefeated teams from Austria, Mexico and Russia, China and Poland are both 3-1, Chile is 2-1 while Netherlands is 1-3 and Angola and Cuba are both 1-3. Australia and Nigeria are both 0-3 and Uruguay is 0-4.
With the Road to London clearly before them, 47 teams representing 17 countries have two teams each in Moscow this week as pool play continues in the double gender 2012 FIVB World Cup Olympic Qualification Tournament where two teams from each gender will emerge with spots in the field of 24 for next month’s 2012 London Olympic Games.
Competing at Vodny Stadium on the grounds of the Vodny Royal Yacht Club alongside the Moscow River, the 12 countries began play in two men’s pools of six teams each in this unique-format country competition. With countries from the same FIVB Confederations split into separate pools, play will continue through Sunday. The top two national federations per gender from this competition will claim the final two berths to the Games, completing the beach volleyball lineup. After pool play, the top two countries in each pool will playoff in a final showdown for the final two tickets to London.
In men’s Pool A are two teams each from the Netherlands, Nigeria, Chile, Russia, Mexico and Australia while men’s Pool B consists of teams from Poland, Angola, Uruguay, Austria, Cuba and China.
In Sunday’s finale, the top team from Pool A will play the second place team from Pool B and first from Pool B will meet second from Pool A in each gender with the two winning nations qualifying for the Olympics.
Russia entered the tournament as the host nation while all the other men’s teams except Austria qualified as the second and third place finishers at each of the FIVB Continental Cup Finals. Austria qualified as the fourth place team at the Europe Continental Cup as the CEV was previously selected to fill the field due to the need to have an extra team because the host nation (Russia) is competing in the event, hoping as well to earn a place in the upcoming Olympic Games.
Countries with two teams each in both the men and women’s competition are China, Netherlands, Mexico, Russia and Uruguay.
With 22 countries having earned spots in the 24-team Olympic field for each gender, the official country nominations for individual teams will be announced on July 9 by the FIVB.
The beach volleyball competition in London will be held in a purpose-built 15,000-seat stadium at the iconic Horse Guards Parade in central London from July 28 through August 9.
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