Eight women’s teams remain unbeaten in Anapa
Anapa, Russia, July 24, 2013 – Eight teams started the first day of the women’s pool play main draw at the Anapa Open in Russia unbeaten. Five teams even stayed without set loss.
Russia’s Olga Motrich and Alexandra Shiryaeva, Poland’s Monika Brzostek and Kinga Kolosinska, Germany’s Christine Aulenbrock and Cinja Tillmann, Japan’s Takemi Nishibori and Sayaka Mizoe and Tatyana Mashkova and Irina Tsimbalova from Kazakhstan all won both their matches on Wednesday in straight sets.
In the men’s competition two teams from Latvia and one each from Russia, Uruguay, Slovenia, France, USA and Austria advanced from the qualification tournament to complete the 32 teams main draw.
Mashkova and Tsimbalova on course for a medal in Anapa
Tatyana Mashkova and Irina
Tsimbalova from Kazakhstan are one of five teams that ended the first day of
the women’s main draw at the FIVB Anapa Open with two straight wins.
Zemljak and Pokersnik first Slovenian men’s team to enter main draw
Nejc Zemljak and Jan
Pokersnik won their qualification match at the Anapa Open on Wednesday and made
history becoming the first men’s team from Slovenia to ever qualify for the
main draw of a FIVB event.
Kusano strives to make beach volleyball more popular in Japan
Japan is one of the leading
countries in volleyball, the women’s team won bronze at the 2012 London Olympic
Games and are ranked third in the world. But when it comes to beach volleyball
the first gold medal has to be claimed yet.
The inaugural Anapa Open is the second FIVB Open event after the Fuzhou Open in April. The 2013 calendar features seven Opens in total, including five double-gender events.
The Open events are no longer part of the World Tour in 2013, in order to provide more opportunities for athletes worldwide to play.
Anapa, a tourist town on the Black Sea, is the third city to host a FIVB event after St Petersburg and Moscow.