Dear Beach Volleyball Community

So far, we only knew a scenario like the current one from the fiction of various apocalypse movies. In reality, of course, none of us really have any idea how to deal with it. Only one thing unites us in this challenging time: the certainty that we have to put down everything that is not directly related to the elimination of the virus. A logical conclusion that, however, has a dramatic impact on all of us.

Experts are now predicting that the pandemic will peak in July and August. And that, in turn, means for us that currently, nobody can assume the responsibility to approach the implementation of the planned events with a clear conscience and with full conviction. After extensive discussions with the International Federation, our sponsors as well as partners and representatives from the cities of Vienna and Hamburg, we decided to cancel the two Major tournaments. And we can no longer contribute to the upgrade of the event in Gstaad.

We are sad to announce this decision. At the moment, we only have hope that the global crisis will soon subside and be under control. Then we will start the work to realize our events in 2021 with full energy and unwavering commitment.

My thanks go to everyone who has shared and supported our enthusiasm for beach volleyball over the past 25 years. I firmly believe that we will be able to provide proof of our subline again next year:

Goosebumps don't lie - See you @ the Beach!

Your Hannes Jagerhofer for the Beach Majors team
Founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series

2018-10-08 02:58:00 CEST

USA and Mexico dominate NORCECA Championships

A-Team and Gaxiola/Rubio on top in Boca Chica

Alix Klineman and April Ross celebrate their triumph in the Dominican RepublicAlix Klineman and April Ross celebrate their triumph in the Dominican Republic

The United States and Mexico took home the titles of the 2018 NORCECA Championships as the duos of April Ross/Alix Klineman and Josue Gaxiola/Jose Rubio topped the podium of the tournament in Boca Chica, the Dominican Republic, which reunited some of the best teams of the North and Central America and Caribbean region.

April and Alix, who are yet to celebrate one year of partnership, had an impressive straight-set (21-16, 21-18) victory over the Canadian tandem of Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson in the gold medal match.

Yasssss!🥇at our first Olympic qualification event 🎉🍾🙏🏼 NORCECA Championships were a success ❤️ ⠀⠀ Thank you to the Dominican for hosting us at this beautiful location and to all the organizers and volunteers for keeping things running smoothly! 🙌🏼 ⠀⠀ Great job #ATeam! Not enough emojis to convey my gratitude 👊🏼

6,207 Likes, 63 Comments - April Ross (@aprilrossbeach) on Instagram: "Yasssss!🥇at our first Olympic qualification event 🎉🍾🙏🏼 NORCECA Championships were a success ❤️ ⠀⠀..."

The United States also secured the bronze medal of the tournament played in the Caribbean island thanks to Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman, who prevailed in two sets (21-14, 21-19) against Cubans Arlin Hechavarria and Yanisleidis Sanchez.

In the men’s tournament, the final placed teams from Canada and Mexico face-to-face and the 21-year-old Gaxiola and Rubio came out on top after a three-set (22-20, 17-21, 15-13) triumph over veterans Sam Pedlow and Sam Schachter.

The other Canadian team entered in the event, the one of Ben Saxton and Grant O’Gorman, finished third following a 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) over Americans Billy Allen and Ryan Doherty in the bronze medal match.

The tournament was part of the qualification process to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the champions earned 600 points each – 60 more than the runner-ups.

Gaxiola and partner Rubio won the gold medal for Mexico (Photocredit: NORCECA)Gaxiola and partner Rubio won the gold medal for Mexico (Photocredit: NORCECA)

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