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A day of upsets, comebacks & debuts at Moscow Grand Slam

 
Russia's Grigoriy Goncharov made his debut on the World Tour and defeated Brazil's Ricardo and Alvaro Filho at the same time

Moscow, Russia, August 22, 2013 – The first day of main draw of the 6th edition of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Moscow Grand Slam was one of upsets, new teams, comebacks and debuts.

 

For the home country the two losses of top seeded Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina Khomyakova was a huge disappointment. But Russia also celebrated some unexpected victories on Thursday.

 

Serguei Prokopiev and his new partner Grigoriy Goncharov surprised Brazil’s Ricardo Santos and Alvaro Filho and 30th seeded Ekaterina Syrtseva and Alexandra Shiryaeva upset the 3rd seeded Salgado-sisters Maria Clara and Carol.

 

Russian teams use home advantage

 

Two Russian teams used the home advantage at the Moscow Grand Slam to the fullest on Thursday to upset opponents twice their ‘size’. Serguei Prokopiev and his new partner Grigoriy Goncharov surprised Brazil’s Ricardo Santos and Alvaro Filho (21-19 19-21 15-13) and 30th seeded Ekaterina Syrtseva and Alexandra Shiryaeva upset the 3rd seeded Salgado-sisters Maria Clara and Carol (21-17 19-21 15-10). More

Borger and Buthe return to World Tour with two straight wins

 

With two solid wins on the first day of pool play at the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam Germany’s Karla Borger and Britta Buthe celebrated their comeback on the World Tour.

After winning a silver medal at the World Championships in Stare Jablonki in July, Buthe was out for few weeks with a stomach muscle injury. More

 

Emanuel is learning to play beach volleyball all over again

 

It must have been coincidence, but Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti played their first match with different partners on Thursday at the Moscow Grand Slam, at exactly the same time and just a few feet away from each other.

While Emanuel and Evandro Goncalves booked a 2-1 (11-21 22-20 16-14) win on court 4 over Spain’s Francisco Alfredo Marco and Christian Garcia, Alison and Vitor Felipe lost 2-1 (21-19 14-21 15-12) to Canada’s Maverick Hatch and Christian Redmann on court 3. More

 

Late birthday present for Russia’s Serguei Prokopiev

 

Russia’s Serguei Prokopiev got a late birthday present on Thursday at the FIVB Moscow Grand Slam. Just one day after his name day he and his new partner Grigoriy Goncharov defeated 4th seeded Brazilians Ricardo Santos and Alvaro Filho 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-13) in the first round of pool play.

“I am very happy for me and my partner, especially for Gregoriy, since this is his first experience in a Grand Slam”, 27-year old Prokopiev said. “I tried to help him prepare for the start of the tournament, for this big moment in his career.” More

 

Former basketball star upsets top seeded Russian team

 

USA’s Kelly Schumacher crowned her debut on the FIVB World Tour with a surprise win over top seeded Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina Khomyakova at the Moscow Grand Slam on Thursday.

With her new partner Summer Ross, 35-year old Schumacher defeated the Russian team 2-1 (21-17 14-21 19-17) in the first pool play match of the day. Schumacher made a remarkable switch from professional basketball to beach volleyball. More

 

The FIVB Moscow Grand Slam continues on Friday with two rounds of men’s pool play and one round of women’s. The pool winners advance straight to the second elimination round, the numbers two and three to the first knockout round on Saturday.

 

The semifinals for both genders are scheduled for Sunday, followed by the medal matches.

 

Moscow is hosting a Grand Slam for the 6th consecutive year, but the event moved to a different location this season. The new venue, Vodny Stadium, is part of a sports complex located in the northern part of Moscow.

 

FIVB Moscow Grand Slam Tournament Page

FIVB Moscow Grand Slam Men’s Main Draw

FIVB Moscow Grand Slam Women’s Main Draw

FIVB Moscow Grand Slam Twitter Account

 

 

 

 

 



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