Volleyball internationals visit FIVB Beach Volleyball Berlin smart Grand Slam
Berlin, Germany, June 20, 2014 – The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Berlin smart Grand Slam had some important guests on Thursday. The coach of the German national volleyball team and one of his players came to support their counterparts on the sand.
Coach Vital Heynen and volleyball player Dirk Westphal in the press room of the Berlin smart Grand Slam|
The German national volleyball team is playing Argentina on Friday and Saturday in the FIVB World League. The matches are in the Max Schmelinghalle, just five kilometres from the beach volleyball arena at Washingtonplatz.
Both national coach Vital Heynen and wing spiker Dirk Westphal are very familiar with and fans of the beach game.
“I was the coach of the Belgian women for three years on the World Tour and I really liked it”, said Heynen. “I have learned a lot in beach volleyball.”
“The big difference is not on, but off the court. Volleyball players are a bit spoiled. Beach volleyball players have to work hard. We used to practice with the Belgian girls as early as 8:00. When I would even suggest this to my men…“
Spiker Westphal was part of the German beach tour for two years and played a country quota match for the World Tour in Berlin once.
“My fingers are itching, when I see them play. Look at the centre court, look at this location, that’s amazing. Beach volleyball has given me a lot, it helped me better my play a lot. I am glad I got to experience this.”
Coach Heynen said it was going to be a tough match for his players against Argentina. “They are really set on winning because we have beaten them a lot in the past.” Also Denis Kaliberda and Simon Hirsch will not be able to play due to injury.
Berlin born Westphal is looking forward to the two volleyball matches. “It’s always nice to come back to Berlin, friends and family are coming and I am looking forward to that.”
- Agatha and Barbara top rankings after Netherlands heroics
- Brazil dominates podium in The Hague
- FIVB World Tour resumes in Switzerland at Swatch FIVB Gstaad Major
- Brazil, China and USA complete weekend sweep in Group 1
- 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour season update following
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships the Netherlands 2015
- Australians get second win in Group 1, Finns and Argentines grab 3-1 wins in Group 2
- Egypt win World League Group 3 Finals to advance in Group 2 next year
- Brazilian World Champions Show Improvement
- FIVB President applauds the Netherlands as beach volleyball embarks on new era
- Silver medal finish boasts Fernanda & Lima’s FIVB World Tour rankings
- FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix, Day 5: Brazil, China, USA all two-from-two in Group 1 to start 2015 tournament
- FIVB Volleyball World League Day 25 - USA secure top spot in Pool B, France finish Pool play with a perfect 12 wins
- Montenegro and Egypt to play for the gold in Group 3 Finals
- FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Day Nine - As It Happened
- USA’s Brunner/Lucena Trying to Capture Magic from Season’s Past
- World Grand Prix in full swing with start of Groups 1 and 2
- World League highlights three superb five-setters on Day 24
- FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2015 Day Eight - As It Happened
- Brazilian Semifinal Victories Net Olympic Berth
- 50/50 chances for semifinal Holtwick/Semmler versus Lima/Fernanda
- Heartbreak for brave Bawden and Clancy at World Championships
- Australia competing to stay among volleyball's best
- World League Group 3 finalists have their say
- Smejkal: "Second place in pool D is our goal"
- Turkey hosts USA, Belgium, Italy in World Grand Prix
- Vercesi: "Securing a spot at the Finals remains our main objective"
- Getting Social: FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2015 Day 7
- FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2015 Day Seven - As It Happened
- Brazil captures both quarterfinals Thursday in amazing Apeldoorn
- Day 23 sees Brazil and France extend their lead after both record straight sets victories
- Lucena and Brunner lead semifinals charges as Amsterdam closes for business
- Peru, Colombia, Cuba and Kazakhstan prepare for Pool P encounters in Trujillo
- U20 Drawing of Lots ceremony held in Puerto Rico
- Antiga: "We are now playing for a ticket to the Finals in Rio"
- Alluring Apeldoorn anxiously awaits awesome aria of Quarterfinals tonight
- Australia take on Serbia and Turkey play USA, live on YouTube
- Juliana and Maria Antonelli win Brazilian battle to advance
- Poland and USA prepare for Pool B climax
- Sanderson ready for emotional homecoming
- Qataris move on to quarter-finals
- World Grand Prix Pool A coaches expect challenging weekend
- Americans, Dutch, Germans & Russian Post Elimination Wins
- FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Day Six - As It Happened
- Getting Social: FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2015 Day 6
- Awesome Apeldoorn angst approaching Thursday’s Round of 16, quarterfinals
- Qataris upset the form book to advance in Amsterdam
- FIVB President congratulates Amsterdam on spectacular event
- World champs live stream opens
- Predictable Women Winners Wednesday
- Amiable Apeldoorn absolutely awesome area for elimination rounds