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Eight women’s teams remain unbeaten in Anapa

Russia's Svetlana Popova attacks while a thunderstorm is approaching Anapa

Anapa, Russia, July 24, 2013 – Eight teams started the first day of the women’s pool play main draw at the Anapa Open in Russia unbeaten. Five teams even stayed without set loss.


Russia’s Olga Motrich and Alexandra Shiryaeva, Poland’s Monika Brzostek and Kinga Kolosinska, Germany’s Christine Aulenbrock and Cinja Tillmann, Japan’s Takemi Nishibori and Sayaka Mizoe and Tatyana Mashkova and Irina Tsimbalova from Kazakhstan all won both their matches on Wednesday in straight sets.


In the men’s competition two teams from Latvia and one each from Russia, Uruguay, Slovenia, France, USA and Austria advanced from the qualification tournament to complete the 32 teams main draw.


Mashkova and Tsimbalova on course for a medal in Anapa

Tatyana Mashkova and Irina Tsimbalova from Kazakhstan are one of five teams that ended the first day of the women’s main draw at the FIVB Anapa Open with two straight wins.

In their first match the two 25-year olds defeated Russia’s Evgeniia Iakovleva and Anastasiia Strugova 2-0 (21-11 21-13). Later on Wednesday they had to make more of an effort against Norway’s Cindy Treland and Janne Pedersen (21-18 21-18) in the pouring rain. More


Zemljak and Pokersnik first Slovenian men’s team to enter main draw

Nejc Zemljak and Jan Pokersnik won their qualification match at the Anapa Open on Wednesday and made history becoming the first men’s team from Slovenia to ever qualify for the main draw of a FIVB event.

Fifteen teams competed in the men’s qualification tournament for eight spots in main draw. Latvia managed to advance two teams, Russia advanced with a bye and the other teams that won their qualification matches came from the US, Austria, France and Uruguay. More


Kusano strives to make beach volleyball more popular in Japan

Japan is one of the leading countries in volleyball, the women’s team won bronze at the 2012 London Olympic Games and are ranked third in the world. But when it comes to beach volleyball the first gold medal has to be claimed yet.

“Beach volleyball is not very popular in Japan, compared to indoor”, Ayumi Kusano said on Wednesday after her first match at the FIVB Anapa Open. More


The inaugural Anapa Open is the second FIVB Open event after the Fuzhou Open in April. The 2013 calendar features seven Opens in total, including five double-gender events.


The Open events are no longer part of the World Tour in 2013, in order to provide more opportunities for athletes worldwide to play.


Anapa, a tourist town on the Black Sea, is the third city to host a FIVB event after St Petersburg and Moscow.


FIVB Anapa Open Tournament Page

FIVB Anapa Open women’s schedule and results

FIVB Anapa Open men’s qualification schedule and results

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