Men’s competition into single elims at FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam
Long Beach, Calif., USA, July 25, 2013—Following the final round of men’s pool play and first round of single-elimination play, 16 teams remain in the 32-team men’s main draw at the $440,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam double-gender tournament. The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is back in the USA for the first time in a decade. Four teams from beach volleyball powerhouse Brazil, three men’s teams from the home-standing United States, two teams from Italy and one team each from Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Latvia, Norway and Spain advanced Thursday afternoon in Long Beach.
The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is back in the USA for the first time since 2003. With the event being held for the first time in Long Beach the purpose-built site is located on the expansive glistening sands of Marina Green Park on East Lakeshore Drive. Matches at the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, presented by ASICS, are scheduled to start at 8:15 a.m. Friday with the men’s round of 16, followed at 1:00 p.m. by the men’s quarterfinals. The two men’s semifinals will be held at 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. as well on Friday.
The women’s semifinals will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. with the women’s bronze at 2 p.m. followed by the women’s gold medal match at 3:00 p.m. General admission is free to the event. VIP tickets are on sale through the event website at www.wsobv.com.
With first four matches of the round of 16 will feature USA’s top-seeded Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson vs. Germany’s 13th-seeded Mischa Urbatzka/Markus Bockermann; Austria’s eighth-seeded Robin Seidl/Alexander Huber vs. Norway’s 18th-seeded Iver Horrem/Geir Eithun; Brazil’s fifth-seeded Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego vs. USA’s 11th-seeded Todd Rogers/Ryan Doherty and USA’s fourth-seeded Sean Rosenthal/Phil Dalhausser vs. Canada’s 12th-seeded Chaim Schalk/Ben Saxton.
The second four matches in the round of 16 includes Latvia’s third-seeded Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins vs. Brazil’s seventh-seeded Vitor Felipe/Evandro Goncalves; Italy’s sixth-seeded Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo vs. Brazil’s ninth-seeded Edson Barros/Alvaro Filho; Australia’s 10th-seeded Christopher McHugh/Isaac Kapa vs. Italy’s 32nd-seeded Alex Ranghieri/Andrea Tomatis and Brazil’s second-seeded Padro Salgado/Bruno Schmidt vs. Spain’s 14th-seeded Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira.
The eight pool winners finalized Thursday morning received a first-round bye in the single elimination round to advance to the round of 16 on Friday morning. Winning their pools with 3-0 records Were USA’s Gabb/Patterson, Brazil’s Salgado/Schmidt, Latvia’s Samoilovs/Smedins, USA’s Rosenthal/Dalhausser, Italy’s Nicolai/Lupo, Australia’s McHugh/Kapa and Austria’s Seidl/Huber. After losing their first pool play match on Tuesday, Brazil’s Alison/Emanuel came back to win their pool with a 2-1 record.
The second and third place finishers in pool play were matched in the first elimination round on Friday afternoon with the winners advancing to meet the pool winners on Friday morning.
In the first round of men’s elimination play on Thursday the first four matches saw Germany’s Bockermann/Urbatzka advanced by defeating Canada’s 22nd-seeded Christian Redmann/Maverick Hatch, 21-13, 21-18 in 41 minutes; Norway’s Horrem/Eithun eliminated USA’s 21st-seeded Nick Lucena/John Hyden, 21-17, 18-21, 15-11 in 55 minutes; Rogers/Doherty moved forward by winning an All-American match over 30th-seeded compatriots Stafford Slick/Casey Jennings, 21-13, 19-21, 15-12 in 53 minutes; Canada’s Schalk/Saxton overcame Norway’s 25th-seeded Kvamsdal Morton/Oivind Hordvik, 22-20, 21-18 in 38 minutes.
In the second four first elimination round matches, Brazil’s Felipe/Goncalves stop Sweden’s 20th-seeded Stefan Gunnarsson/Hannes Brinkborg, 21-16, 21-13 in 34 minutes; Brazil’s Barros/Filho eliminated Czech Republic’s 16th-seeded Robert Kufa/Jan Hadrava, 17-21, 21-17, 15-12 in 57 minutes; Italy’s Ranghieri/Tomatis stunned Switzerland’s 15th-seeded Philip Gabathuler/Jonas Weingart, 21-17, 26-24 in 45 minutes and Spain’s Herrera/Gavira came from behind to eliminate France’s 23rd-seeded Andy Ces/Eduard Rowlandson, 20-22, 21-13, 15-8 in 43 minutes.
The FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, presented by ASICS is the showcase part of the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball, a SoCal beach festival that includes 4-person and 6-person recreational events, a youth tournament and nightly music concerts. Also part of the event is the inaugural ASICS World Series Cup featuring two teams in each gender from the USA against two international teams with the finals next Sunday. In addition to the international live FIVB telecasts, the event also includes 23 hours of live or same-day telecasts split between NBC Sports Network, Universal Network and NBC TV Network.
The women’s semifinals and medal matches of the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam will be held on Friday with the men’s semifinals also on Friday and medal matches closing the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam on Saturday. Play Tuesday through Friday will start at 8 a.m. and at 11 a.m. on Saturday for the men’s medal matches.
The gold medal teams in each gender in the FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam will each split $33,000, the silver $22,000, the bronze $16,500 and fourth place $12,900. The women’s medal matches will be held on Friday and the men’s medal matches on Saturday. The FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam is the 291st FIVB international men’s event since the FIVB began play in 1987 and the 253rd FIVB women’s tournament since women started international competition in 1992.
The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is comprised of 10 Grand Slam events and the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Not part of the World Tour but still counting towards the FIVB World Rankings, the FIVB yearly calendar also includes seven Open events, five double-gender and two women-only. There is a double-gender FIVB Open event being playing this week as well in Anapa, Russia.
After another week off next week, the 10-Grand Slam 2013 FIVB World Tour will continue in two weeks in Germany at the $440,000 FIVB Berlin Grand Slam. The season finale of the tour will be in Brazil in mid-October at the $440,000 FIVB Sao Paulo Grand Slam.