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Scotland march on in Continental Cup

Scotland's women completed the podium at the CEV Continental Cup fourth round in Baden
Edinburgh, Scotland, May 7, 2015 – Scotland women’s progress in the CEV Continental Cup continued after they qualified for the fourth round of the European competition, which will take place in September. 

The FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup is a country versus country Olympic qualifying event for continents staged from and disputed at continental levels.  The tournament is in its second cycle after it was launched for the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

The five winners of the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup – one from each Continent - will qualify for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

Scotland had previously won through the second round of qualifying in front of their home fans at Portobello Beach, near Edinburgh and built on that success in the Austrian city of Baden, which has hosted a CEV tournament for a number of years. 

After losing to Russia in their semifinal the women finished in third place following two wins and a loss in the three-match tie against Bulgaria, with both wins secured by Lynne Beattie and Mel Coutts. 

“Regardless of the opponents, regardless of the conditions, we will march ahead,” Scotland coaching manager Ioannis Panayiotakis said. “This, more than anything, is what we hope the legacy of Baden will be. 

“We can now regain our confidence. On a rainy afternoon in Austria we have witnessed the wonderful strength of our athletes who, despite being in pain, devoted every effort in mind and spirit to fulfilling their destiny.”

Scotland’s men were unable to match their women’s podium finish when they finished in fourth place in their group of four. Their pairings of Seain Cook and Robin Miedzybrodzki and Barry McGuigan and Graham Riddle lost 2-0 to Russia and then Ukraine. 


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