21.02.2020 - Vienna, Austria
Welcome to another edition of Beach Shorts, your beach volleyball weekly column here at BeachMajorSeries.com. After a week of break, the World Tour is back with a two-star event in Cambodia that features a few familiar faces.
We also bring to you news about the postponement of the four-star event that was scheduled to happen in Yangzhou, China, in April, and information about the American country-quota for the men-only tournament in Doha, next month, which happened in California.
There we go!
After a one-week break, the World Tour is back in the same country of its latest event as Cambodia hosts a men-only, two-star tournament in Phnom Penh. A total of 53 teams from 22 countries are entered in the tournament, including Olympians as Italy’s Alex Ranghieri and Poland’s Mariusz Prudel, indoor Olympic champion David Lee of the USA and the recently-crowned Asian champions Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann of Australia.
The FIVB announced the postponement of the double-gender four-star event in Yangzhou, China, which was supposed help from April 22-26 due to the coronavirus outbreak in region. The event, which was part of the Olympic qualification process for Tokyo 2020 will no longer have this role as it’s going to be rescheduled for a period after the Games.
Veterans Billy Allen and Stafford Slick booked their tickets to the four-star event in Doha from March 8-13 after they prevailed in the American country-quota, which was played in Manhattan Beach, California, on Thursday. The team, which shocked the world by knocking Brazilians Evandro Gonçalves and Bruno Schmidt out of last year’s World Championships, came out on top of the three-team playoff, which also included Theo Brunner/Miles Evans and Chaim Schalk/Chase Budinger.
Results from Doha Country Quota today in Manhattan Beach:— USAV Beach (@USAVBeach) February 20, 2020
Chaim Schalk/Chase Budinger def Miles Evans/Theo Brunner, 21-14, 21-13
Stafford Slick/Billy Allen def Schalk/Budinger, 21-23, 21-16, 15-13. pic.twitter.com/LurDybMwgd
As several of their European counterparts, Dutch Marleen van Iersel and Joy Stubbe are currently in Tenerife, Spain, preparing for the upcoming season. They were privileged to work with an unbelievable background, weren’t they?
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See you next week!