competitive on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour and the U23
World Championships.
Lithuanian duo Monika Povilaityte and Ieva Dumbauskaite held off
a comeback effort by Poland’s defending champions Karolina Baran
and Katarzyna Kociolek to win the gold medal in the women’s U19
championships. The 18th-seeded Lithuanian pair recorded a two-set
victory in a thrilling 39-minute match.
Switzerland’s Nina Betschart and Anouk Verge-Depre were
crowned world champions in the 2012 FIVB Women’s Junior World
Championship. With the win, Betschart joined Brazil’s Carolina
Salgado (2004 and 2005) as the only women in the event’s history to
win gold in back-to-back years with different partners.
She did it in some style with a straight-sets victory over Brazil’s
Drussyla Costa and Rebecca Silva.
All three tournaments will follow exactly the same competition
format. They begin with a main draw of 32 teams that is broken
down to eight pools of four teams, from which the top two advance
to a single elimination final phase. Each of the FIVB Confederations
will send six teams, with only one team per gender allowed from
each country. The only exception is the host nation, who can send
two per gender.
The FIVB Beach Volleyball U19 World Championships were first held
in 2002 while the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships
started in 2001.
There was success for Poland’s men in the U21 championships too, while
Switzerland’s women won gold.
Poland’s boys won the U19 gold medal, but Lithuania’s girls denied them
double success when they beat Poland’s girls in the final.