Big names jostling for position at U23 World Championships
A number of teams went through with a full complement of three wins from three matches, while others had to scrap hard to earn a vital result that gives them the best chance of progressing through the elimination rounds.
Brazilian pair march into elimination rounds
Brazilian pair Marcio Guadie Ley and Vitor Goncalves Felipe wrapped up pool play by winning twice to ensure they moved into the knockout rounds, as did Poland’s number one seeded team and reigning FIVB U21 world champions Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak.
The number three seeds did it in fine style by not dropping a set on route to the elimination rounds, though they admit they have yet to hit their best form so far in Myslowice.
Marcio added, “We can stay involved and get better and better as the tournament goes on.” MORE
Czech pair starting to find form
Eliska Galova and Adela Machova may have started slowly, but as they enter the knockout stages the Czech pair are starting to find their best form.
In their final pool match they secured second place in their group with a hard-fought 2-0 (21-16, 21-17) win over Italy’s Gaida Benazzi and Greta Cavestro on the day when the sun finally broke through the clouds.
Meanwhile Dutch pair Jolien Sinnema and Rimke Braakman, Germans Victoria Bieneck and Isabell Schneider and Christine Aulenbrock and Cinja Tillmann, Russia's Yulia Abalakina and Irina Chaika all progressed with three wins from three. More
Kenya setting sights high
Kenya’s beach volleyball players have only been competing in FIVB competitions for a short time, but they have already set themselves some lofty targets.
Currently Kenya have a female team competing in the inaugural FIVB U23 Beach Volleyball World Championships. Gaudencia Makokha and Naomie Too qualified for the tournament after the African Federation’s (CAVB) tournament for north, central and east Africa and the Federation is hoping that lessons can be learned quickly and built on for future success.
“Five years from now I want to see one of our teams finish on the podium,” Kenyan Volleyball Federation president Charles Nyaberi said. MORE
Thirty-two teams per gender are taking place in the main draw of the inaugural FIVB U23 Beach Volleyball World Championships. The main draw started on June 6 and the tournament runs through until Sunday, June 9 when both the men’s and women’s finals take place.
Myslowice, located 70km from Poland’s ancient capital Krakow, is hosting an FIVB age-group tournament for the third time, after successfully hosting the U19 and U21 version in 2006 and 2007.
It has also regularly hosted stops on the FIVB World Tour – the first tournament was a women-only tournament in 2008, as was the 2011 event. In 2009, 2010 and 2012 it was the men who lit up the sand.