2019-05-20 15:48:00 CET
Here’s your recap for all that happened this past week in the world of beach volleyball
We had warned you this past weekend would be one of the busiest of the beach volleyball calendar in 2019 with World Tour events in multiple locations and several national tour tournaments taking place at the same time, remember?
It was a joy to follow so much action and athletes from a number of nations competing at the same time in the most diverse locations, but if couldn’t keep up with all that happened over the last few days, don’t feel bad, we got your back.
As promised, here’s our weekend’s beach volleyball recap!
World Tour winners in Brazil and Turkey
The most important event of the weekend was, without question, the World Tour four-star event in Itapema, Brazil. Too bad for the hosts that, for the first-time ever, no Brazilian team appeared in the podium in either gender.
Among the men, Norwegians Anders Mol and Christian Sørum returned to Itapema after winning silver last year (their first World Tour medal as a team) and made it better by claiming gold with a 21-19, 28-26 against Polish Grzegorz Fijalek and Michal Bryl. Dutchmen Christiaan Varenhorst and Steven van de Velde, who were playing together for just the third time, completed the all-European podium in Brazil.
“This is a very special place for us,” Sørum said afterwards. “When we first got here last year there were so many people cheering for us that we felt like we were playing in our home court. There were even more people in the stands this year and for us to return here and take gold was fantastic.”
GOLD in Brazil😍🥇 Obrigado Itapema, see you next year!🇧🇷 #beachvolleyball #gold #champion #brazil #itapema #vikingmentality #givesyouwings #nevergiveup #lovemyjob
3,122 Likes, 85 Comments - Christian Sandlie Sørum (@christiansorum) on Instagram: "GOLD in Brazil😍🥇 Obrigado Itapema, see you next year!🇧🇷 #beachvolleyball #gold #champion #brazil..."
The women’s tournament had all-North American podium, with USA’s Alix Klineman and April Ross being flanked by Canadians Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes and Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson. In the final, the Americans topped Sarah and Melissa in three sets (25-23, 18-21, 15-10) repeating their victory of two weeks ago in the AVP Huntington Beach final.
“Every victory is important, but this counts for more,” Klineman commented. “We want to send a message and we want to be consistently the best. This match was very different from the last one in the style of play, it was a tough one. It’s always like this against them and we’re just grateful we managed to come out on top.”
Can't tell you how good it feels to be coming home with gold!! 🤩🤩 What a week! Long and hard but so so good! I'm so proud of our team for sticking together and hanging in there! Thank you @fiapogtenius for stepping up and coming with us to Brazil (he has won 2 gold medals in 2 FIVB tournaments btw 😵), and @jenniferkessy we're excited to have you back next week! Oh ya and @aprilrossbeach you're a stud, but everyone already knows that :) Time to head home and get some rest. Gooo #ATeam!!
4,348 Likes, 152 Comments - Alix Klineman (@aklineman10) on Instagram: "Can't tell you how good it feels to be coming home with gold!! 🤩🤩 What a week! Long and hard but so..."
In Aydin, Turkey, some important European teams reunited for a two-star event which saw duos from Poland and Russia take gold. For the men, Polish Maciej Rudol and Jakub Szalankiewicz topped the podium after a 2-1 (21-14, 19-21, 15-13) triumph over World Championships’ wildcards Alex Ranghieri and Marco Caminati of Italy. Germans Alexander Walkenhorst and Sven Winter, who will also compete in Hamburg in five weeks, finished third.
The Turkish city was the stage of the first World Tour tittle of the young Russians Maria Voronina (19) and Mariia Bocharova (17). The 2018 Youth Olympics winners secured the gold with a three-set (21-17, 16-21, 16-14) victory over Ukraine’s Diana Lunina and Maryna Samoday. Switzerland’s Dunja Gerson and Laura Caluori were third.
National Tours in the USA and Europe
Beach volleyball action didn’t get limited to international events as several national tours were also up and running, including the American AVP. The tour had its second event in 2019 in Austin, in which Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb won the men’s title with a victory over Jeremy Casebeer and Chaim Schalk in the final. Among the women, Karissa Cook and Jave Pardon were the champions after they dominated Kimberly Hildreth and Sarah Schermerhorn in the final.
Tears of joy from these two! Congrats to #4 @JacePardon and @KarissaKellie on beating #14 Hildreth/Schermerhorn 21-11 & 21-11 and claiming their first #avp title at the #AVP2019 Austin Open. #BeachMode 📸: @agamephoto
3,344 Likes, 26 Comments - AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour (@avpbeach) on Instagram: "Tears of joy from these two! Congrats to #4 @JacePardon and @KarissaKellie on beating #14..."
In European, the season-opening event of the Swiss Tour, in Geneva, saw Brazilians Moises Santos and Vinicius Freitas take gold after beating the home team of Gabriel Kissling and Michiel Zandbergen in the final. The women’s tournament also had an international team on top, the one of Austrians Eva Freiberger and Valerie Teufl. Swiss Muriel Graessli and Sarina Schafflutzel claimed silver.
In Germany, Düsseldorf hosted the second tournament of the season, which was won by Jonathan Erdmann/Jonas Schroder, among the men, and Melanie Gernert/Elena Kiesling, for the women. Silver medals went to the Poniewaz twins Bennet and David and to Anna Hoja/Stephanie Huttermann, respectively.
🏆 Sieg in Düsseldorf 🏆 Vielen Dank 🙏🏼 an das @beachteam_becker_schroeder 😎 #mikasaathlete #mikasa #eatperformance #incrediwear #ospberlin #bspberlinbeachvolleyball #sporthilfe #gasneumann #anecom #autotag #honeymoon #jonasundjoni #technikerbeachtour #tbtdüsseldorf #gold #champagnerduscheinklusive Foto: Hoch Zwei/Henning Angerer
115 Likes, 3 Comments - Max Betzien & Jonathan Erdmann (@betzienerdmann) on Instagram: "🏆 Sieg in Düsseldorf 🏆 Vielen Dank 🙏🏼 an das @beachteam_becker_schroeder 😎 #mikasaathlete #mikasa..."
The Netherlands also had their second event in 2019 held this past weekend in Heerlen. With the country’s top teams competing internationally, the men’s champions were Dirk Boehle and Stefan Boermans and the women’s winners were Katja Stam and Julia Wouters. The runners-up were Janes van der Ham/Thijs Nijeboer for the men and Emi van Driel/Raisa Schoon among the women.