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Women’s final four in Anapa set, men’s pool play finalized

Germany's Isabel Schneider and Teresa Mersmann play their first ever FIVB semifinal
Anapa, Russia, July 26, 2013 – The women’s final four of the inaugural Anapa Open comprises two Russian teams and a German and American pair, who never played in a FIVB semifinal before.


Russia’s top seeded Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina Khomyakova will play USA’s Heather Hughes and Kaitlin Sather Nielsen on Saturday. In the other semifinal Russia’s Maria Prokopeva and Svetlana Popova take on Germany’s Teresa Mersmann and Isabel Schneider.


The men in Anapa finalized pool play on Friday. Five teams topped their pool with three straight wins, including Slovenian qualifiers Necj Zemljak and Jan Pokersnik.


Two Russian teams in Anapa Open women’s semifinals

Two Russian teams made it to the women’s final four of the Anapa Open after three elimination rounds on Friday.

First seeded Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina Khomyakova will play USA’s Heather Hughes and Kaitlin Sather Nielsen while Maria Prokopeva and Svetlana Popova take on Germany’s Teresa Mersmann and Isabel Schneider on Saturday. More


Perfect start for new Brazilian team Thiago and Brandao

On their first FIVB event as a new team Thiago Santos Barbosa and Oscar Brandao booked their third straight win in pool play at the Anapa Open on Friday, defeating Latvia’s Haralds Regza and Abolins Armands 21-15, 21-18.

“It was not hard for us to motivate for this match”, Thiago said. “Cause we could win the pool. It’s not always you have the chance to win the pool. It’s a good opportunity to have one less match tomorrow, so we can rest a little.” More


Argentina tops the pool with a little bit of luck and determination

Argentina’s Ian Mehamed and Julian Amado Azaad won a tight battle for top position in pool D at the Anapa Open on Friday. The South Americans defeated Germany’s Finn Dittelbach and Eric Koreng 2-1 (13-21, 21-17, 15-11), who had also claimed two wins so far, to advance to the second elimination round unbeaten.

Mehamed (23) and Azaad (22) lost the first set to the Germans, but made a strong comeback. “We started out bad”, Mehamed said. “They took a lot of points from us, but in the second we paid more attention to the details and we could make a bridge with our block.” More


Estonia’s Vesik and Kollo came to Anapa only for the gold

Estonia’s Rivo Vesik and Kristo Kollo came to the FIVB Anapa Open with just one goal: the gold. And they are well on their way, topping the pool on Friday with three straight wins.

“We came here to win the tournament, there can’t be any lower goals, otherwise there’s no point in coming here. If I say I want to become 9th, I should stop playing”, 33-year old Vesik said. More


The women’s semifinals are scheduled for 11:00 and 12:00 on Saturday after the first elimination round in the men’s competition. The women’s medal matches are played at 15:00 and 16:00.


The men’s semifinals and medal matches are scheduled for Sunday.


FIVB Anapa Open Tournament Page

FIVB Anapa Open women’s schedule and results

FIVB Anapa Open men’s schedule and results

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