Women reach deciding phase in Berlin, men just get started
Berlin, Germany, June 19, 2014 – While the women’s tournament reached the deciding knockout phase at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Berlin smart Grand Slam, the men finished the first two rounds of pool play on Thursday.
In the men’s tournament there were some upsets, Moscow champions Semenov/Krasilnikov lost both of their matches and world champions Brouwer/Meeuwsen lost one.
The women’s top teams stayed on track. Last year’s winners Talita/Taiana, Moscow champions April Ross and Kerri Walsh and European champions Meppelink/Van Iersel all topped the pool with three straight wins.
American qualifiers upset Moscow champions in Berlin
John Hyden and Tri Bourne got
off to a good start on the first day of main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball
World Tour Berlin smart Grand Slam.
Impressive start for Doherty and Lucena in Berlin main draw
After qualifying on Wednesday
for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Berlin smart Grand Slam, Ryan Doherty
and Nick Lucena showed off some great play in main draw on Thursday.
Germany’s Borger/Büthe delight the home crowd with third win
While two other German teams
finished last in their pool at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Berlin
smart Grand Slam, Karla Borger and Britta Büthe kept the hopes up for the home
USA’s Ross/Walsh on track for back-to-back gold
April Ross and Kerri Walsh
seem right on track for another gold medal after they won the Moscow Grand Slam
last week. The American top team on Thursday won their final round robin match
against Australia’s Louise Bawden and Taliqua Clancy (21-15, 21-15) to top the
The Berlin smart Grand Slam continues on Friday with the final pool round and first knockout round for the men and the first and second elimination rounds for the women.
Berlin is hosting a FIVB World Tour women’s event for the 9th time and a men’s event for the 15th time. After the $800.000 Berlin smart Grand Slam the FIVB World Tour continues its seven-event swing through Europe.
There are three more double-gender FIVB Grand Slams on the European continent: the FIVB Stavanger Grand Slam in Norway (June 24-28), the FIVB Gstaad Grand Slam in Switzerland (July 8-13) and finally the FIVB Transavia Grand Slam, played in three different cities in the Netherlands (July 15-20), but based in The Hague.