All European girls start victorious in Nanjing

Monday 18th of August 2014
All European girls start victorious in Nanjing

Nanjing, China, August 18, 2014. All nine teams from Europe won their opening pool play matches on Sunday during the first day of women’s beach volleyball competition at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games at the venue where 3,300 tons of sand was used to construct the four competition and two warm-up courts.  Tandems from Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Russia, Switzerland and Turkey posted wins on Sunday when only two of the 16 matches played went to three sets.  Two of the European wins by pairs from Switzerland and Turkey were by forfeit over teams from Nigeria and Sierra Leone, which did not arrive in China due to the Ebola outbreak in their countries.


 

Turkey and Russia get last tickets to Grand Prix finals in Tokyo

Monday 18th of August 2014
Turkey and Russia get last tickets to Grand Prix finals in Tokyo

Luxembourg, Luxembourg, August 18, 2014.  The women’s national teams of Turkey and Russia booked the last two tickets to the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix 2014 Final Six.  They achieved three-point victories against Italy and Germany, respectively, on the last day of pool play, which put them next to host Japan, winner of the pool round Brazil, runner-up China and Group 2 winner Belgium among the squads that will be vying for this year’s honors from August 20 through 24 in Tokyo.


Riga prepares to host inaugural Youth Beach Volleyball Summer Festival

Monday 18th of August 2014
Riga prepares to host inaugural Youth Beach Volleyball Summer Festival

Riga, Latvia, August 18, 2014. The first edition of a CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Summer Festival will be held on August 21-22 at Mezaparks in Latvia’s capital city, Riga. The so-called O-Sands beach will be the venue of the event whose organisation is supported by CEV and its long-time partner Mikasa. 

Russia keep their semifinal hopes alive

Monday 18th of August 2014
Russia keep their semifinal hopes alive

Tampere, Finland, August 18, 2014. Russia kept their hopes for the semifinal spots alive by beating Slovenia in four sets (23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-20) at 2014 CEV U19 Volleyball European Championship – Women on Monday afternoon. In the second Pool II duel, Turkey overpowered Belgium 3:1 (17-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-21). It were the first defeats for Slovenia and Belgium. Italy beat Finland 3:1 (25-17, 21-25, 25-18, 25-17).

Martins Plavins and Marta Ozolina crowned King and Queen of the beach in Latvia

Monday 18th of August 2014
Martins Plavins and Marta Ozolina crowned King and Queen of the beach in Latvia

Riga, Latvia, August 18, 2014.  Yesterday the annual "King of the beach" tournament was held in Latvia together with the first ever "Queen of the beach". Olympic medalist Martins Plavins was crowned king for the first time, but 19-year-old Marta Ozolina is now the queen of the beach in Latvia. The event is hosted by the Latvian Olympic comitee.