2018-05-31 20:33:00 CEST
Beach Shorts: The week in the sands of the world
Welcome to June, beach volleyball fans! As we enter the sixth month of the year, the Beach Major Series’ return gets closer and closer, but until it happens there’s a lot going on around the globe. For this week, we’ll take a look at the World Tour, Swiss and Dutch National Tours and the drawing of lots for the 2018 European Championships.
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World Tour heads to China and Turkey
After a quiet week with just a one-star tournament taking place in Brazil, the World Tour hosts simultaneous events again this weekend. In the East China Sea, the city of Jinjiang is the stage of a two-star tournament, while the Cleopatra Beach, in Alanya, Turkey, welcomes a one-star event. A total of 120 teams (62 women’s and 58 men’s) from 35 different countries are set to compete in both locations.
Swiss and Dutch Tours in display
The Swiss National beach volleyball Tour has the third of its seven events happening this weekend in the city of Olten. In women’s tournament, home team of Tanja Hüberli/Nina Betschart will be challenged by German wildcards Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider. In the men’s event, Swiss duos of Marco Krattiger/Nico Beeler and Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson will face international competition from Italy’s Adrian Carambula/Gabriele Pasquale and Czech Republic’s Robert Kufa/Jakub Vala.
Also this weekend, the Dutch Tour will kick off its season with 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams competing in Utrecht. The tournament will have the presence of the home team Sophie van Gestel and Marloes Wesselink, who had both retired, as well as international duos Germany’s Margareta Kozuch/Karla Borger and Brazil’s Harley Marques/Moises Merces.
#tb to @coopbeachtour 2014😁😁 Vier Jahre später sind wir wieder zurück in Olten! Wir starten um 16:00 gegen den Sieger aus der Qualifikation. Vamos! * * * Livestream: laola1.tv
188 Likes, 8 Comments - Beeler-Krattiger (@beelerkrattiger) on Instagram: "#tb to @coopbeachtour 2014😁😁 Vier Jahre später sind wir wieder zurück in Olten! Wir starten um..."
European Championships drawing of lots
The top European teams will know this Friday who their first opponents in the 2018 European Championships will be as the drawing of lots will take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The event will have three other host cities, the Hague, Rotterdam and Apeldoorn, and will be played from July 15-22. Men’s and women’s tournaments will have 32 teams each.
⛱ Sand! The construction of the practice court is started in Utrecht. #eurobeachvolley #beachlife #beachvolleyball #volleyball #beach #utrecht #beachvolley #jaarbeurs #sand
98 Likes, 1 Comments - Euro Beach Volleyball 2018 (@eurobeach2018) on Instagram: "⛱ Sand! The construction of the practice court is started in Utrecht. #eurobeachvolley #beachlife..."
Social Media: Ludwig and Walkenhorst together
Okay, it’s just a simple photo of German stars Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst together in a volleyball court. You’ve certainly seen it plenty of times, especially in the last two years, but there’s clearly something special on this one, don’t you think? A third player in the court, maybe? Good to see you together, ladies!
4,851 Likes, 75 Comments - Laura Ludwig (@lauraludwig86) on Instagram: "Oh ya 😝😝😝"
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