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Top teams stay on track on first day of U23 World Champions

Tobias Winter from Austria

Myslowice, Poland, June 11, 2014 - The top teams at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships in Myslowice showed their strength on the first day of main draw in hot and sunny Slupna Park.


The only hiccup on Wednesday was the 2-0 loss of first seeded Polish team Jagoda Gruszczynska and Karolina Baran in the women’s tournament.


Second seeded Nicole Laird and Mariafe Artacho from Australia, Austria’s Lena Plesiutschnig and Katharina Schützenhöfer (3rd) and last year’s bronze medallists Melissa Humana-Paredes and Taylor Pischke (4th) from Canada all booked two straight wins.


In the men’s competition the 2013 champion and first seeded Bartosz Losiak and his new partner Michal Bryl did the same, as did the 2013 bronze medallists Lorenz Petutschnig and Tobias Winter (2nd seeded) from Austria, Brazil’s U21 champions Allison Cittadin and Gustavo Carvalhaes (3rd) and Norway’s Andreas Takvam and Runar Torsvik Sannarnes (4th).


Also interesting was the fact that two lucky losers remained without set loss in main draw: Latvia’s Haralds/Armands in the men’s and USA’s Larsen/Metter in the women’s competition.


Qualification dropouts Larsen and Metter come back strong as U23 lucky losers

Losing in qualification, being put on the reserve list, getting in as lucky losers at the last moment and winning two matches in main draw. USA’s Kelley Larsen and Betsi Metter experienced it all within 24 hours at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships in Myslowice.


The Americans, at their first international event, had to wait until the last second to see if Nigeria would show. The African team was stuck in customs at the airport and for long it was not clear if they would get a visa. Read more


Puerto Rican debutants give Austrian medal contenders a bit of a scare

Puerto Ricans Kevin Joel Rodriguez and Christian Encarnacion made an impressive international debut on Wednesday at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U23 World Championships in Myslowice.

The young duo took a surprise three-point-lead in the first set against last year’s bronze medallists Lorenz Petutschnig and Tobias Winter from Austria. They eventually lost the match 2-0 (21-19, 21-12) but their performance against the 2nd seeded team was promising. Read more


Turkish beach volleyball: the future is bright

Beach volleyball in Turkey has some strong competition from volleyball, like in many countries. Young players are attracted by the money, role models and superstars like Neslihan Demir and Naz Aydemir.

But it’s time for change, says Ozkan Mutlugil, president of the Turkish Volleyball Federation. The federation contracted the experienced Brazilian coach Carlos ‘Alemao’ Galletti and started building beach volleyball centres all over the country. Read more


The second edition of the FIVB U23 World Championships continues on Thursday with two more rounds of pool play. An amazing total of 72 matches will be played, starting at 8.00 on the six courts in Slupna Park.


The fifth and final pool round is scheduled for Friday, as is the first single elimination round. The top 4 of each of the 6 pools per gender advance to the knockout phase, the pool winners and the two best runners-up earn a bye in the first round. The semifinals and medal matches for both genders are played on Sunday.


The U23 World Championships are the first of four FIVB age-group events this year. Next stop will be the U17 in Mexico (July 15-20), followed by the U21 in Cyprus (22-27) and the U19 in Porto (July 29-August 3). In August China stages the Youth Olympic Games, including beach volleyball.

FIVB U23 Tournament Page

FIVB U23 Men’s Results

FIVB U23 Women’s Results

FIVB U23 Twitter Account


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