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Top teams at women’s only FIVB Prague Open make no mistakes

Vice-world champions Karla Borger (photo) and Britta Büthe made it to the last 16 in Prague without set loss

Prague, Czech Republic, May 23, 2014 – All top teams at the women’s only FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Prague Open made it to the last 16 on Friday.


Much to the delight of the Czech fans, first seeded home team Kristyna Kolocova and Marketa Slukova entered the second elimination round with three straight wins.


Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, second seeded in Prague and the Shanghai gold medallists, did the same. Their compatriots and vice-world champions Karla Borger and Britta Büthe (4th) also made it to the last 16 as pool winners. As did third seeded Germans Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler.


The second round field also features veterans Maria Antonelli and Juliana Felisberta. The Brazilians won two silver medals (Fuzhou and Puerto Vallarta Open) in their first three events and also topped their pool in Prague.


Fifth seeded Chen Xue and Xinyi Xia from China, who won bronze in Fuzhou and Puerto Vallarta, finished second in their pool, but booked a 2-0 win over Lithuania’s Dumbauskaite/Povilaityte in the first knockout round.


There were also some unexpected pool winners, like 9th seeded Bansley/Pavan and 21st seeded Gioria/Giombini.


Canada and Italy claim top position in pool play for the first time


Canada’s Heather Bansley and Sarah Pavan and Italy’s Daniela Gioria and Laura Giombini became pool winners on Friday for the first time in their careers. Both teams will continue the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Prague Open in the second elimination round on Saturday. More


Austria’s Schützenhöfer leads her partner into the top 16 of the Prague Open


Austria’s Katharina Schützenhöfer and Lena Plesiutschnig made it to the last 16 at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Prague Open on Friday. It was the first time in their short World Tour career the young pair made it to the second elimination round. More


Czech favourites enjoy the home support at the Prague Open


Top seeded Kristyna Kolocova and Marketa Slukova have all the reasons to be confident at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Prague Open. The Czech pair topped their pool with three straight wins and they have all the support of the large home crowd on centre court. But the home team was not at all pleased with their performance in their last pool match against Thailand. More


The women’s only Prague Open continues on Saturday with the second knockout round at 10.00, followed by the quarterfinals in the afternoon. The semifinals and medal matches are played on Sunday in the stadium on Stvanice Island and will be televised.


After Prague the World Tour stops in Russia for the double gender Anapa Open (May 27-June 1) and the Moscow Grand Slam (June 11-15). In between those two events the European teams travel to Cagliari in Italy for the CEV European Championships.


FIVB Prague Open Tournament Page

FIVB Prague Open Main Draw

FIVB Prague Open Pool Standings

FIVB Prague Open Qualification

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