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Five teams per gender through to CEV Continental Cup finals

 
Murat Giginoglu was the man of the day for Turkey in their sensational home win over pre-favourite Latvia
 
Luxembourg, May 3, 2015 - One of the busiest weekends in history for Europe’s beach volleyball family came to a close on Sunday night with five teams per gender celebrating their qualification for the final stage of the 2014-2016 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup, which is scheduled to take place next year.

All second and third-placed teams from the five 3rd Round events held over the past few days move on to the fourth stage of the competition, which is due to take place in late August/early September.

The programme of the 3rd Round will come to an end next week with another three double gender tournaments taking place in Lorca (Spain), Montpellier (France) and Limassol (Cyprus).

The five countries per gender qualified for the finals are:

Men: Czech Republic, Norway, Germany, Poland, Turkey
Women: Austria, Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland

If the women’s tournaments did not produce any major upsets - at least as far as the eventual winners of the various pools are concerned - a few surprises were recorded in the men’s competition, starting with the setbacks suffered by the home heroes of Austria and by Russia in Baden.

The Austrians lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic and had to work hard to edge Azerbaijan to finish second in Pool A. Russia were sidelined by an injury suffered by Nikita Liamin and in the end this paved the way with gold for the team from Norway, who were helped by the strong performance delivered by the duo comprising of Oivind Hordvik and Morten Kvamsdal. Germany topped the charts in Pool C in Thessaloniki, but had to play a ‘golden match’ to get past hosts Greece, whilst Poland were in a class of their own in Vilnius where Estonia and Lithuania settled for second and third place respectively. Turkey caused the other sensation of the day as they exploited home advantage in Fethiye to upset pre-tournament favourites Latvia, whose roster included 2012 Olympic bronze medallists Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins, playing together again for the first time in a couple of years.

In the women’s competition, Austria were on form in Baden, winning four straight matches without dropping a set. The same feat was achieved by Russia, who celebrated Ekaterina Khomyakova's return from maternity, now playing under her married name, Birlova. Germany’s top duos were in a class of their own in Thessaloniki and the Czech Republic claimed a derby with their neighbours from Slovakia to finish first in Pool F in Vilnius, where the home heroines and rising stars Ieva Dumbauskaite and Monika Povilaityte were able to fight back to settle for second place after a ‘golden match’ win over Slovakia. Switzerland meanwhile reigned supreme in Fethiye, where they did not drop a set in the four matches they played.

The 10 teams per gender continuing their journey in the Continental Cup 4th Round are:

Men: Austria, Azerbaijan (from Pool A), Russia, Ukraine (Pool B), Greece, Belarus (Pool E), Estonia, Lithuania (Pool F), Latvia, England (Pool H)
Women: Sweden, Azerbaijan (from Pool A), Ukraine, Scotland (Pool B), Greece, England (Pool E), Lithuania, Slovakia (Pool F), Poland, Belgium (Pool H)

The European Volleyball Confederation website (www.cev.lu) has all the details.




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