EEVZA Beach Volleyball Tour stop in full swing in Batumi

Thursday 13th of September 2018

Batumi, Georgia, September 12, 2018. The first competition day in Batumi has ended and we are one step closer to knowing, which teams will claim the medals at the EEVZA Beach Volleyball tour stop at the Georgian resort. As the organisers expected, the weather was great on Wednesday in Batumi, without any clouds and this accounted for a great Beach Volleyball party on the shores of the Black Sea where the penultimate stop of the 2018 EEVZA Beach Volleyball Tour is taking place. 

All participating teams were split in four pools of three and the first matches started as early as 9 o clock with the home teams Elizabet Palavandishvili/Nana Tsotsonava and Tinatin Tchautchidze/Ana Batsatsashvili losing 0-2 to the two Ukrainian pairs Olha Cherednichenko/Olena Holovchenko and Anna Chechelnytska/Daria Romaniuk respectively. Later in the day, when the round of 12 was played, the Georgian teams swapped their opponents and the Ukrainian duos continued their dominance and moved into the quarterfinals. The third Georgian team, however, is still in the tournament after having lost in the pool round to Viktoryia Siakretava/Lizaveta Chabai from Belarus, bur moved straight into the quarterfinals after an unlucky injury for the Russian team Ekaterina Zazhigina/Ekaterina Katser. Other teams still in the competition, apart from the already mentioned Georgians, are Irina Frolova/Elena Sviridova, Daria Rudykh/Elizaveta Zayonchkovskaya,  Mariia Daineko/Anna Movchan from Russia and Anastasija Kravcenoka/Alise Lece from Latvia.

In the men s competition, Pool A featured the most intense and dramatic matches - at first Daniil Kuvichka/Anton Kislytsyn claimed a win against their compatriots Daniil Kurochkin/Artur Salmanov, but later in the day had to admit the Belarusian force against Aliaksandr Kavalenka/Pavel Piatrushka. Both of these matches ended in a tie-break. The home hopes are still alive among the men as well, as Badri Nutsubidze/Danieli Kheirabadi claimed a well-needed victory against the Armenians Ashot Balabekyan/Andre Simoni. The top eight teams still in the run for the medals are the four duos from Russia - Kuvichka/Kislytsyn, Kurochkin/Salmanov, Anton Ermishenkov/Maksim Abramov and Pavel Shustrov/Alexey Gusev, both Belarusian teams - Kavalenka/Piatrushka and Aliaksandr Dziadkou/Ilya Abramenka, Latvians Mihails Samoilovs/Matiss Gabdulins and the Georgians Nutsubidze/Kheirabadi.

Competition will resume on Thursday, when the eventual winners also will be known.

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