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Serbian teams prepare for Continental Cup at Vip Beach Masters

Sinisa Antonic / Marko Galesev have a perfect record so far in this year's domestic season

Belgrade, Serbia, June 18, 2014  - Serbia's women's and men's beach volleyball teams will play in pool G of the 1st Round of the 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup, which marks the start of Europe’s qualification campaign for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Serbia are joined by Albania, Finland and hosts Bulgaria for the match-ups in Kardzhali on June 21 and 22. 

In the women’s competition, Serbia will be represented by Milena Matic / Isidora Egic and Katarina Raicevic / Natasha Savovic. Their coach will be Marko Stojanovic.  In the men's competition, Sinisa Antonic / Marko Galesev and Stefan Basta / Miljan Kikovic will appear for Serbia, along with their coach Bojan Dimitrijevic.

The Serbian teams prepared for the competition during this year’s Vip Beach Masters tour, which is the Serbian beach volleyball national championship. Three of the twelve tournaments scheduled this year have taken place. They were hosted by the cities of Novi Pazar, Uzice and Krusevac.

Antonic / Galesev emerged as winners from all three national events. They also participated in the FIVB World Tour Shanghai Grand Slam tournament and the Fuzhou Open in China, as well as the 2014 CEV Beach Volleyball European Championship Baden Masters.  They are the 2012 and 2013 Serbian national champions and 2013 Balkan champions and also participated at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin in 2013.

Basta / Kikovic is a new partnership playing together for the first time this year.  They won the third place at the 2014 Vip Beach Masters tournament in Krusevac. Miljan Kikovic won bronze at the 2013 Balkan Championship with Marko Nikolic.  Stefan Basta won sixth place at the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin.  He was also the winner of the final tournament of the 2013 Vip Beach Masters in Belgrade, and won seventh place at the 2012 CEV Beach Volleyball European Championship Novi Sad Masters.

Matic / Egic are also playing together for the first time this year.  In Uzice and Krusevac, they won two out of the three tournaments in the 2014 Vip Beach Masters which have taken place so far.  Isidora participated in the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin. She was the winner of the final tournament of the 2012 Vip Beach Masters in Belgrade and became national champion in the same year.

Raicevic / Savovic participated in the 2013 BVA U22 Balkan Championship and won sixth place.  This year, they won bronze at the 2014 Vip Beach Masters Novi Pazar tournament and fourth place at the tournament in Krusevac.

Click here for more detailed information on the 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup.

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