Women’s competition enters elimination phase at the Anapa Open
Anapa, Russia, July 25, 2013 – While the women’s pool play at the inaugural Anapa Open was finalized on Thursday, the men still have one more pool match to go.
The eight pool winners in the women’s competition, including three Russian teams, advanced straight into the second knockout round. The numbers two and three start in the first elimination round on Friday.
In the men’s competition seven teams booked two straight wins on the first day of main draw, including top seeded Russians Konstantin Semenov and Yaroslav Koshkarev and qualifiers Necj Zemljak and Jan Pokersnik from Slovenia.
Pool D features an interesting match on Friday with Germany’s Finn Dittelbach and Eric Koreng playing Argentina’s Ian Mehamed and Julian Amado Azaad for top position.
Beach veteran Eric Koreng starts all over again in Anapa
At the age of 32 Eric Koreng
is one of the ‘oldest’ German beach volleyball players still active on the FIVB
World Tour. He made his debut in 2003 and had many successful years with David
Poland’s Brzostek and Kolosinska one of three teams to advance with straight wins
Only three teams entered the
women’s elimination rounds of the FIVB Anapa Open with three straight wins in
Argentina’s Gallay and Klug fight their way to the top
Argentina’s Ana Gallay and
Georgina Klug can be heard a mile away. During their matches the two
South-American girls shout, scream and make heads turn at the FIVB Anapa Open
with their very outgoing way of playing beach volleyball.
Israel’s new beach boys dream of the Olympics
Israel’s Ariel Hilman and
Sean Faiga started a new adventure eight months ago. They had been dreaming of
the Olympics for years and decided that the best way to get there was to switch
from volleyball to beach.
The FIVB Anapa Open continues at 9.00 on Friday with the first elimination round in the women’s competition. Round two and three will follow later that day. The men will finalize the pool play on Friday.
The women’s semifinals and medal matches are scheduled for Saturday, the men’s follow one day behind.
The Russian tournament, staged at the nation federation (beach) volleyball complex in Anapa, is the second of seven Open events this year, including five double gender and two women-only tournaments.
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