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

2019-03-07 12:01:00 CEST

USA on top Down Under

Americans serving it up in Sydney

🇺🇸USA teams battling to top Pool E: Reid Priddy & Theodore Brunner vs @reidpriddy @lordbrunner Billy Allen & Stafford Slick @billyketchallen @staffordslick #VolleyFest #VolleyFestManly #VolleyFest2019 #ilovesydney @fivbvolleyball @sydney

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It’s a long way to Australia – but so far for the American men’s teams who have descended on mass to the continent, it’s been a trip worthwhile.

All five teams in the main draw advanced to the elimination stages of the three-star tournament at Sydney’s Manly Beach, with four of them skipping straight into the round of 16.

Top seeds Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb recovered from losing the first set to triumph in their opener against Spanish youngsters Alejandro Huerta and Cesar Ortego, and the pair followed that up with a straight sets success against new German duo Lars Flüggen and Nils Ehlers.

John Hyden and Ryan Doherty were also two from two, beating Japan’s Takumi Takahashi and Yoshumi Hasegawa in straight sets before edging past Russians Maksim Hudyakov and Ruslan Bykanov in three.

Pool E was a US versus France affair, with two teams from the two nations involved, including two new US constellations, Reid Priddy/Theo Brunner and Billy Allen/Stafford Slick. Both American teams won their pool openers against the French, setting up a winner-advances-straight-to-the-last-16-battle. The game went the distance, with Theo and Reid shading the third set, winning 21-16, 19-21, 15-12. 

Finally, Bill Kolinske and Miles Evans completed a good first day’s competition for the United States by topping Pool E following two victories. After a comfortable win over Thailand’s Nuttanon/Adisorn, they recorded a fine straight sets success over home favorites Chris McHugh and Zachery Schubert.

Other teams also through to round 2 in the men's draw include Chilean cousins Esteban and Marco Grimalt and Italy's Enrico Rossi and Adrian Carambula. 

The US women’s partnerships also flourished. Brittany Howard and Kelly Reeves and Betsi Flint and Emily Day won their openers, but three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat went down in three sets to in-form Greek pair Vasiliki Arvaniti and Panagiota Karagkouni.

Kerri and Brooke will aim to reach the elimination round with a must-win match against Japan’s Takemi Nishibori and Ayumi Kusano when the action resumes on Friday.

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