2019-04-05 12:16:00 CET

Beach Shorts

This week in the sands of the world

It’s Friday, and that means one thing: we give you all the latest news in beach volleyball in one handy article in the series we love to call Beach Shorts. You can thank us by liking our Facebook page – but the chances are you have already, so thank you.

Anyway, on with the news – and have good weekend!

Cambodia calling

We kick off the main draw tomorrow starting with Colombia🇨🇴

1,188 Likes, 11 Comments - Audrey and Nicole Nourse (@beachvolleyballtwins) on Instagram: "We kick off the main draw tomorrow starting with Colombia🇨🇴"

The FIVB World Tour remains in full swing as the third competition in Cambodia already this year reaches its climax this weekend.

A women’s only one-star event in Battambang, the Anchor Beach Volleyball Carnival to give it its full title, features a number of rising stars of the beach.

In fact such is the youthful field that 13 of the 46 players in action are teenagers. Among those playing in the pool play are the youngest pair, Varvara Brailko and Anete Namike of Latvia, who are both just 16. American twin sisters Audrey and Nicole Nourse are 17, while Alina Rachenko (18) and Yelizaveta Yeropkina (18) of Kazakhstan and Anastasiia Frolova (19) and Aleksandra Ganenko (19) of Russia are also in the running for medals.

Big guns help Brazil seal Continental spots

Com as duas vitórias de hoje sobre os venezuelanos, classificamos o Brasil em primeiro lugar do grupo regional e garantimos lugar na fase final da Continental Cup (a fase final acontecerá em 2020 em local e data a serem divulgados). Boa estreia de dupla e início de corrida olímpica! Agradecemos a torcida 💪🏻🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 @bancodobrasil @underarmourbrasil @oakleybr @redbullbr @cbvolei @marinhaoficial @minesporte #bbnosesportes #underarmour #oakley #redbull #continentalcup Foto:@cbvolei

373 Likes, 11 Comments - Alison Mamute e Álvaro 🇧🇷 (@alisonealvaro) on Instagram: "Com as duas vitórias de hoje sobre os venezuelanos, classificamos o Brasil em primeiro lugar do..."

In the race for Tokyo 2020, Brazilian men and women secured spots for the final round of South American Continental Cup qualifying.

Among those teams in action were Alison and Álvaro Filho – who were making their debut as a duo –and Pedro Solberg and Vitor Felipe. Both tandems recorded two victories over teams from Venezuela to ensure Brazil topped Pool A.

The Brazilian women’s pairings Juliana/Andressa and Taiana/Victoria secured an aggregate 3-1 win over teams from Ecuador.

The Continental Cup qualification finals will take at a time and venue to be confirmed in 2020.

Seeding fixed for Xiamen

‼️Soutěž o 3 balíčky krémů @heliocare_cz ‼️☀️v každém bude Makči favorit a Barči favorit 🙃Podmínky soutěže jsou jednoduché:* 1) olajkuj profil @heliocare_cz a náš profil * 2) napiš nám pod tento post do komentářů kam pojedete letos na dovču?*🌴🐚☀️ Souťěžíme do konce měsíce března a tři z vás pak vybereme‼️‼️‼️ tak hurá na to 💛 *** #soutez #beachvolleyball

598 Likes, 73 Comments - Team Hermannová & Sluková (@bara.maki.beach) on Instagram: "‼️Soutěž o 3 balíčky krémů @heliocare_cz ‼️☀️v každém bude Makči favorit a Barči favorit 🙃Podmínky..."

In three weeks’ time the next four-star event on the FIVB World Tour begins when Xiamen hosts some of the biggest names in beach volleyball on Guanyinshan Gold Beach.

And the seeding for the tournament, which runs April 23-28, has been confirmed by the FIVB this week.

Leading the women’s seeds are last season’s Vienna Major champions Marketa Sluková and Barbora Hermannová, followed by Canadians Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson. Third seeds are the 2018 World Tour Finals winners Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda Santos Lisboa, while the highest seeded American team are Alix Klineman and April Ross, who are seeded fifth.

Reigning Olympic and World Champion Laura Ludwig will return to play in her first tournament since winning the 2017 World Tour Finals. The defender and new partner Maggie Kozuch are seeded 19th and were granted a wildcard for the event. The highest seeded German team is that of Sandra Ittlinger and Chantal Laboureur who line-up as the 11th seeds.

Top men’s seeds are last season’s runaway winners Anders Mol and Christian Sørum, followed by Polish pair Michal Bryl and Grzegorz Fijalek, who lost to the Norwegians in the final in both Vienna and Hamburg.

Chilean cousins Marco and Esteban Grimalt, who will be aiming for three gold medals in a row after successes in Sydney and Doha and the South Americans, are seeded 11th.

The highest seeded Brazilian team Pedro Solberg and Vitor Felipe in 13th followed immediately by new constellation Evandro Gonçalves and Bruno Schmidt. Another new team, Andre Stein and George Wanderley, have been handed a qualification wildcard.

Social media

It’s a discussion that can turn into a heated debate on the sand or from the stands… was the ball in or not? One such question was posed on the Facebook page ‘Old School Volleyball’ this week. What’s your take? In or out!

Chris Gregg

Okay, once and for all, WHAT IS THE RULE?!? This has been a point of contention for ever. Please chime in with an official rule, if you can cite one. The play: A ball is hit and it lands exACTly...



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