With the dates and venues for the FIVB Beach Volleyball Age-Group World Championships in place, VolleyWorld takes a look
ahead at the up-coming competitions and looks back at those who took the glory in 2012.
The first age-group tournament of the year is the newest on the
FIVB Beach Volleyball calendar – the FIVB U23 World Championships.
The event was added to provide another step between age-group
and senior beach volleyball and the first edition is set to take place
in Myslowice, Poland from June 6 to 9. The venue, not far from
Poland’s ancient capital of Krakow, has a proven pedigree for hosting
volleyball tournaments having organised a men’s Open for a number
of years as well as the 2006 U21 World Championships.
The tournament will attract some well-known faces from the World
Tour including the 2012 men’s junior world champions, Piotr Kantor
and Bartosz Losiak from Poland and Switzerland’s Nina Betschart and
Anouk Verge-Depre who were the women’s champions in the same
age category last year. Also eligible for the women’s tournament is
Italy’s Marta Menegatti who is only 22 as well as Madelein Meppelink
and Sophie van Gestel from The Netherlands and Argentina’s Maria
Zonta, all of whom competed at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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