Russian women win gold and bronze at Anapa Open
Anapa, Russia, July 27, 2013 – Home country Russia claimed the gold and bronze medal at the inaugural FIVB Beach Volleyball Anapa Open on Saturday.
Top seeded Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina Khomyakova won the first Russian gold on home soil with a 2-0 (21-10 21-14) over Germany’s Teresa Mersmann and Isabel Schneider.
In the bronze medal match Maria Prokopeva and Svetlana Popova beat USA’s Heather Hughes and Kaitlin Sather Nielsen 2-0 (21-16 21-12).
In the men’s competition the final four were decided. Russia’s top seeded Konstantin Semenov and Yaroslav Koshkarev play Germany’s Finn Dittelbach and Eric Koreng.
Another Russian team, Alexey Pashtukov and Viacheslav Krasilnikov, meets Germany’s Lars Flüggen and Alexander Walkenhorst.
Ukolova and Khomyakova win first Russian gold on home soil
Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina
Khomyakova wrote history on Saturday becoming the first Russian team to win a
gold medal in a FIVB World Tour or Open event on home soil. In the final of the
Anapa Open they overpowered Germany’s Teresa Mersmann and Isabel Schneider 2-0
Germany prevents all-Russian women’s final in Anapa
Germany’s Teresa Mersmann and
Isabel Schneider prevented an all-Russian women’s final at the inaugural FIVB
Beach Volleyball Anapa Open. In their first ever semifinal the 23rd seeded
defeated 6th seeded Russians Maria Prokopeva and Svetlana Popova 2-0 (21-19
21-19) on Saturday.
Only German and Russian teams in men’s final four in Anapa
The men’s final four at the
FIVB Beach Volleyball Anapa Open features two teams from home country Russia
and two teams from Germany.
The men’s semifinals are scheduled for 10.00 and 11.00 on Sunday, the medal matches will be played at 14.00 and 15.00.
The double gender Anapa Open is the second of seven FIVB Open events this year. The next one is the Vizag Open in India (September 4-8).
Russia will host another event in a few weeks when the World Tour visits Moscow. The Grand Slam is held from August 21-25.