Elite World Tour teams prepare for Baden
Switzerland's Nina Betschart (left) and Tanja Huberli will be the top-ranked team competing in the Baden Open
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour - Baden
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour - Montpellier
The Swiss pairs of Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli (No. 8 in the World Ranking) and Joana Heidrich/Anouk Vergé-Dépré (No. 12) are the top-ranked teams in the Baden women's field, which also includes Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova of the Czech Republic (No. 13), Karla Borger/Julia Sude of Germany (No. 16) and Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth of Italy (No. 24).
Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst, the two-time Baden Open champions and silver medal winners at the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna, headline the men's field. The Austrian pair will be seeking their second consecutive FIVB World Tour medal this month as Doppler and Horst placed second at the Ljubljana Open after losing to Italians Andrea Abbiati and Tiziano Andreatta in the final on August 2.
Austrians Christoph Dressler and Alexander Huber, who placed third in Ljubljana after losing to Doppler and Horst in the semifinals, will be seeking their second consecutive semifinal appearance in Baden after placing fourth in 2019. Doppler and Horst also defeated Dressler and Huber in the 2019 Baden Open semifinals in the only other World Tour meeting between the two teams.
After the Austrian event this week, three other events are scheduled on the FIVB World Tour starting with next week’s Montpellier event for men set for August 25-29. Other events on the 2019-2020 calendar are scheduled for Lithuania (Sept. 10-13, Vilnius) for both genders and Cyprus (Sept. 25-27, Larnaka) for women.
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