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Lithuania’s men and Serbia’s women progress to Continental Cup third round

The participants of the CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup second-round tournament held in Belgrade on the shores of Ada Ciganlija Lake
Belgrade, Serbia, September 1, 2014 - After the teams from Azerbaijan had secured first place in the final standings, by sweeping all of their matches on Sunday, Lithuania and Serbia claimed the remaining spots to progress to the third stage of the 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup next year.

Lithuania’s men did so by edging Bulgaria, while Serbia’s home heroines stopped Estonia’s run to emulate their countrymen, who have already made the third round of the Continental Cup by finishing second at the first-round tournament held last June in Kardzhali, Bulgaria.

Lithuania’s rising beach volleyball stars Arnas Rumsevicius and Lukas Kazdailis lived up to their status as they propelled their country into the third round of the Continental Cup. After making an impact at last year’s FIVB U19 World Championship, where they had finished in fourth place, on Monday they first won their match with Albania’s Arapi Adri/Krist Martiro, a result which, when combined with their countrymen’s Motiejus Melynis/Rokas Kondrotas victory over Bruno Miculi/Klaudio Qerraxhia, provided Lithuania with an extra chance to continue their campaign in the competition.

Melynis/Kondrotas lost a very close match to Bulgaria’s top duo Delcho Raev/Kirill Hadzhiev in three sets 2-1 (22-24, 21-14, 15-13), but Rumsevicius and Kazdailis got Lithuania back on track with their straight victory over Toma Stankov/Silvestar Ivanov in two sets 2-0 (21-18, 21-10). The young guys from Lithuania also showed their quality in the deciding “golden match”, where they powered past Raev and Hadzhiev after three close sets 2-1 (21-19, 18-21, 15-10) to continue their quest for a spot in the Olympic tournament at Rio 2016.

On Sunday they had conceded two defeats to the teams from Azerbaijan, but the home heroines of Serbia were able to regroup and finish their competition on a high note. They did so by claiming second place in the Pool after Milena Matic/Isidora Egic beat Estonia’s Anett Hollas and Juudit Kure-Pohhomov 2-0 (21-16, 21-13), and Nina Skaric/Aleksandra Frajtovic contributed Serbia’s second point after a much more closely contested match with Kristi Nolvak/Erie Puvi 2-1 (21-15, 19-21, 15-3).


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