Vietnam, Thailand & Switzerland host next World Tour events

 

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 7, 2018 - After a weekend where nearly 300 teams from more than 50 countries competed for nearly $500,000 in prize money at four different sites, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour features three tournaments in southeast Asia and central Europe.


This week’s FIVB calendar features World Tour events in Vietnam (Tuan Chau Island) Thailand (Bangkok) and Switzerland (Lucerne) where a total of 182 teams (91 men’s and 91 women’s) from 45 countries have entered the three tournaments where $170,000 in prize money will be awarded.

The $10,000 Vietnam women’s only tournament will be first up this week starting Wednesday followed a few hours later that day by the $150,000 Switzerland competition for men and women. The first serve at the $10,000 Bangkok event will be Thursday for both men and women.

With the Vietnam event being a first stop in the country, Lucerne hosts its third FIVB event after staging a World Tour event in 2015 and hosting the Under-19 World Championships in 2016. Bangkok hosted a women’s only FIVB Challenger/Satellite in 2005.

At last week’s events, 11 countries captured medals at the FIVB World Tour events in the Philippines, Cambodia, Turkey and the United States with podium-topping performances for pairs from Austria, Brazil, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and Russia.

Of the six gold medal winning countries last week, the team of Lena Plesiutschnig/Katharina Schutzenhofer became the first women’s pair from Austria to win an FIVB World Tour title after topping the podium in Turkey at the Mersin Open. A week earlier in Malaysia, Simon Fruhbauer/Jorg Wutzl became the first Austrian men’s team to top a World Tour podium by winning the gold medal at the Langkawi Open.

Here are the results from last week’s tournaments.

Men

The Philippines - Manila, May 3-6, 2018, $5,000
1. Max-Jonas Karpa/Milan Sievers, Germany, $1,000 
2. Petr Bakhnar/Taras Myskiv, Russia, $700 
3. Alejandro Huerta/Javier Huerta, Spain, $500 
4. Gabriel Kissling/Michiel Zandbergen, Switzerland, $400

Gold
- Karpa/Sievers def. Bakhnar/Myskiv, 2-1 (5-21, 23-21, 15-9) (48 minutes)
Bronze - Kissling/Zandbergen def. Huerta/Huerta 2-1 (22-20, 19-21, 15-13) (51) 

Turkey - Mersin, May 2-6, 2018, $75,000, FIVB Event No. 383
1. Ilya Leshukov/Konstantin Semenov, Russia, $10,000
2. Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner, Czech Republic, $8,000 
3. Nivaldo Diaz/Sergio Gonzalez, Cuba, $5,000
4. Mirco Gerson/Adrian Heidrich, Switzerland, $4,000 

Gold
- Leshukov/Semenov def. Perusic/Schweiner, 2-1 (14-21, 21-12, 18-16) (46)
Bronze - Diaz/Gonzalez def. Gerson/Heidrich, 2-0 (21-14, 21-15) (33)

United States - Huntington Beach, May 1-6, 2018, $150,000
1. Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen, Netherlands, $20,000
2. Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola, Brazil, $16,000
3. Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera, Spain, $10,000
4. Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins, Latvia, $8,000  

Gold 
- Brouwer/Meeuwsen def. Evandro/Loyola, 2-0 (21-16, 21-15) (36)
Bronze - Gavira/Herrera def. Samoilovs/Smedins, 2-0 (22-20, 21-17) (42)

Women

The Philippines - Manila, May 3-6, 2018, $5,000
1. Ayumi Kusano/Takemi Nishibori, Japan, $1,000
2. Maria Carro/Paula Soria, Spain, $700 
3. Erika Bobadilla/Michelle Valiente, Paraguay, $500 
4. Sakurako Fujii/Shinako Tanaka, Japan, $400
Gold - Kusano/Nishibori def. Carro/Soria, 2-0 (21-14, 21-18) (36 minutes)
Bronze - Bobadilla/Valiente def. Fujii/Tanaka, 2-0 (21-17, 21-16) (34)

Cambodia - Phnom Penh, May 4-6, 2018, $25,000
1. Anna Behlen/Sarah Schneider, Germany, $4,000
2. Suzuka Hashimoto/Sayaka Mizoe, Japan, $3,000
3. Ksenia Dabizha/Daria Mastikova, Russia, $2,000 
4. Alice Bain/Julia Tilley, New Zealand, $1,400
Gold - Behlen/Schneider def. Hashimoto/Mizoe, 2-1 (17-21, 21-9, 15-8) (50)
Bronze - Dabizha/Mastikova def. Bain/Tilley, 2-0 (21-19, 21-8) (33)

Turkey - Mersin, May 2-6, 2018, $75,000
1. Lena Plesiutschnig/Katharina Schutzenhofer, Austria, $10,000
2. Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink, Netherlands, $8,000
3. Natalia Dubovcova/Andrea Strbova, Slovak Republic, $5,000
4. Josemari Alves/Liliane Maestrini Brazil, $4,000
Gold - Plesiutschnig/Schutzenhofer def. Keizer/Meppelink, 2-1 (18-21, 25-23, 15-12) (58) 
Bronze - Strbova/Dubovcova def. Josemari/Liliane, 2-0 (23-21, 21-17) (35) 

United States - Huntington Beach, May 1-6, 2018, $150,000
1. Fernanda Alves/Barbara Seixas, Brazil, $20,000
2. Maria Antonelli/Carolina Salgado, Brazil, $16,000
3. Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude, Germany, $10,000 
4. Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan, Canada, $8,000 
Gold - Fernanda/Barbara def. Antonelli/Carolina, 2-1 (16-21, 21-15, 15-9) (53)
Bronze - Laboureur/Sude def. Humana-Paredes/Pavan, 2-0 (35-33, 21-16) (53)