BEACH VOLLEYBALL


Top seeds fail to qualify to Main Draw at EEVZA tournament in Pärnu

Saturday 19th of August 2017
Top seeds fail to qualify to Main Draw at EEVZA tournament in Pärnu

Pärnu, Estonia, August 18, 2017. This weekend the 2017 EEVZA Beach Volleyball Tour stops in Estonia’s summer capital Pärnu with a men’s-only tournament. On Friday, it was time for the qualification round, which produced a number of surprises.

Team Moiseeva/Syrtseva introduce their ‘special’ coach

Friday 18th of August 2017
Team Moiseeva/Syrtseva introduce their ‘special’ coach

Jurmala, Latvia, August 18, 2017. Alexandra Moiseeva is a former European champion in Beach Volleyball – she made history in 2006 when standing on top of the podium together with Natalya Uryadova at the #EuroBeachVolley held in The Hague. Eleven years later, she is still competing with Europe’s Beach Volleyball elite in Jurmala – but in the meantime she has also become the mother to the now 8-year-old Platon, who calls himself the ‘coach’ of her mom and partner Ekaterina Syrtseva.

Latvian party continues in Jurmala!

Friday 18th of August 2017
Latvian party continues in Jurmala!

Jurmala, Latvia, August 18, 2017. It happens quite rarely that the no. 1 and no. 4 seeds of a European Championship have to lock horns in Round 2 of the elimination stage. However, this is what the Latvian fans were able to witness on Friday at lunchtime as local heroes Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins played Poland’s Bartosz Losiak and Piotr Kantor for a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2017 #EuroBeachVolley Final. A large, raucous crowd pushed the ‘Lion King’ and ‘Terminator’ Smedins towards a 2-1 victory (21-19, 19-21, 15-10), which keeps them in contention for a spot on the podium and their second continental crown. Shortly afterwards, Martins Plavins and Haralds Regza prolonged the Latvian party with their sensational victory over pre-favourite Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin of Russia to secure their spot in the quarterfinals.

Rising star Makroguzova sets sights on first ‘major’ medal at elite level

Friday 18th of August 2017
Rising star Makroguzova sets sights on first ‘major’ medal at elite level

Jurmala, Latvia, August 18, 2017. Russia’s Nadezda Makroguzova is without a doubt one of the world’s most talented Beach Volleyball players among those born in the second half of the ‘90s. She is only 20 years old, but she has made a name of herself with an impressive record in age-group competitions – and earlier this season she added more accolades to her resume by taking gold at the U22 European Championship in Baden and silver at the U21 Worlds in Nanjing with Svetlana Kholomina.

‘Lion King’ and ‘Terminator’ mesmerise Latvian crowd on EuroBeachVolley opening day

Wednesday 16th of August 2017
‘Lion King’ and ‘Terminator’ mesmerise Latvian crowd on EuroBeachVolley opening day

Jurmala, Latvia, August 17, 2017. As many as 12 men’s teams finished the first competition day at the #EuroBeachVolley Final in Jurmala with an impeccable record of two wins in as many matches. These include home stars Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins, who are carrying Latvia’s hopes of glory at what is the largest Beach Volleyball event to have ever taken place in any of the Baltic countries. The weather conditions were just ideal on Wednesday as the men’s tournament got off with two rounds of pool play – and many close matches to the delight of a large and knowledgeable crowd.