First section of CEV Nations Cup and AVC Continental Cup underway
The qualification journey for the Olympic seashore volleyball match at Paris 2024 through the continental pathway is now in full swing in Europe and Asia. Allocating one Olympic berth per gender per Continental Confederation, Europe’s CEV Beach Volley Nations Cup and Asia’s AVC Continental Cup are actually properly underway with the primary phases of the 2 competitions.
The collaborating international locations within the CEV Nations Cup have been cut up into seven swimming pools per gender for the preliminary section of the competitors, going down in a rustic versus nation format between 12 May and 11 June 2023 at varied places throughout Europe, with the pool winners qualifying for the 2023 Nations Cup Finals. The high three groups of the Finals will then qualify for the 2024 Nations Cup Final Olympic Qualification Tournament.
The tournaments in two ladies’s and two males’s swimming pools have already been accomplished.
The competitors began with the lads’s Pool F occasion held in Gstaad, Switzerland on 12 and 13 May with the participation of the nationwide groups of Germany, Luxembourg, Moldova, Switzerland and Türkiye.
Germany and hosts Switzerland reached the ultimate match-up. Adrian Heidrich and Leo Dillier put the house group forward with a 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) victory over Robin Sowa and Lukas Pfretzschner within the first rubber, however Clemens Wickler and Nils Ehlers leveled it up with a 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) shutout of Quentin Metral and Yves Haussener within the second. In the deciding golden set, Heidrich and Dillier mastered a 15-10 win over Ehlers and Wickler to propel Switzerland to the Finals.
Men’s Pool F outcomes and standings
Tense motion within the males’s Pool F remaining between Switzerland and Germany (Photo credit: cev.eu)
Austria had been the second nation to e-book their spot within the Finals after profitable the Pool E match held in Madrid, Spain on 15 and 16 May. In the ultimate match-up, the Austrians prevailed over Lithuania with two straight-set victories. Julian Horl and Philipp Waller mastered a 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) shutout of Arnas Rumsevicius and Artur Vasiljev within the first rubber, and Robin Seidl and Moritz Pristauz hammered out a 2-0 (21-17, 21-18) sweep of the second rubber towards Audrius Knasas and Patrikas Stankevicius. Spain, Slovenia and Croatia lined up within the locations from third to fifth within the remaining pool standings.
Men’s Pool E outcomes and standings
Remaining tournaments of the lads’s preliminary section:
Remaining tournaments of the lads’s preliminary section:
25.05 – 27.05: Pool C in Heraklion (GRE) with Denmark, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy and Ukraine
26.05 – 27.05: Pool B in Netanya (ISR) with Israel, Latvia, the Netherlands, Romania and Scotland
26.05 – 27.05: Pool D in Vantaa (FIN) with Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Poland and Sweden
06.06 – 08.06: Pool A in Lillesand (NOR) with Bulgaria, England, Estonia, Norway and Slovakia
10.06 – 11.06: Pool G in Budapest (HUN) with Czechia, France, Hungary, Northern Ireland and Portugal
The ladies’s competitors received underway with Pool C motion in Apeldoorn, Netherlands on 17 and 18 May, with the house group rising victorious within the remaining tie towards Slovenia. Emi van Driel and Brecht Piersma dominated over Ziva Javornik and Maja Marolt on the best way to a 2-0 (21-7, 21-17) sweep of rubber one.
Then Katja Stam and Raisa Schoon stamped their nation’s ticket to the Finals with a 2-0 (21-15, 21-9) shutout of Tajda Lovsin and Anja Macek. Cyprus and Estonia shared the third place within the remaining pool standings, leaving Northern Ireland in fifth.
Women’s Pool C outcomes and standings
Poland reserved the second ticket to the ladies’s Finals after topping the Pool F standings on the match performed in Ayr, Scotland on 20 and 21 May. The Poles gained each rubbers of the ultimate tie towards the stellar squad of Czechia. First, Katarzyna Kociolek and Marta Lodej managed a hard-fought 2-1 (21-19, 17-21, 20-18) victory over Barbora Hermannova and Marie-Sara Stochlova. Then, Jagoda Gruszczynska and Aleksandra Wachowicz produced a 2-0 (21-15, 21-19) shutout of Helena Havelkova and Marketa Slukova. Belgium and hosts Scotland had been the opposite two groups competing within the pool.
Women’s Pool F outcomes and standings
Remaining tournaments of the ladies’s preliminary section:
25.05 – 27.05: Pool E in Heraklion (GRE) with France, Greece, Portugal and Spain
26.05 – 27.05: Pool G in Netanya (ISR) with Bulgaria, Finland, Israel and Latvia
27.05 – 28.05: Pool B in Bratislava (SVK) with Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland and Ukraine
06.06 – 08.06: Pool A in Lillesand (NOR) with Denmark, Germany, Norway and Türkiye
10.06 – 11.06: Pool D in Budapest (HUN) with Austria, Croatia, England, Hungary and Italy
In Asia, the 5 tournaments per gender of the 2023-2024 AVC Continental Cup Phase 1 are cut up by Zonal Associations. Zonal winners advance straight to Phase 3 (the Finals), whereas zonal runners-up transfer to Phase 2, a five-team match, wherein the winner can even progress to the Finals.
The Phase 1 match within the Western Zone was already performed in February, with the lads’s nationwide group of Qatar and the ladies’s nationwide group of Lebanon topping the standings and advancing to the Finals, whereas males’s runners-up Oman and ladies’s runners-up Qatar went ahead to Phase 2.
As an exception, the Phase 1 match within the Southeastern Zone was a part of the SEA Games held in Sihanoukville, Cambodia from 11 to 16 May.
Thailand in assault on the SEA Games (Photo credit: asianvolleyball.web)
In the ladies’s remaining tie, Thailand outplayed Indonesia by two wins to 1. Worapeerachayakorn Kongphopsarutawadee and Taravadee Naraphornrapat mastered a 2-0 (21-12, 21-17) shutout of Yokebed Eka and Nur Sari, whereas Dhita Juliana and Desi Ratnasari delivered a 2-0 (21-16, 21-15) victory over Varapatsorn Radarong and Tanarattha Udomchavee to immediate a third-rubber tie-breaker. Thailand’s Worapeerachayakorn and Naraphornrapat produced a 2-0 (21-14, 21-15) win over Dhita and Desi to earn SEA Games gold and push their group to the AVC Continental Cup Finals. The groups of Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, Philippines and Malaysia adopted within the remaining standings.
The similar two international locations met within the males’s remaining. This time Indonesia triumphed with the SEA Games title and the ticket to the Continental Cup Finals after a tie-breaker rubber win. Thailand’s Pithak Tipjan and Poravid Taovato beat Indonesia’s Danangsyah Pribadi and Gilang Ramadhan by 2-0 (21-16, 21-19), whereas Mohammad Ashfiya and Bintang Akbar defeated Surin Jongklang and Dunwinit Kaewsai by 2-0 (21-19, 21-19). Ashfiya and Bintang then battled it out for a 2-0 (21-18, 25-23) victory over Pithak and Poravid within the deciding sport. The Philippines accomplished the rostrum, adopted by Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Timor-Leste and Laos within the remaining standings.
SEA Games outcomes and standings
Remaining tournaments of ladies’s Phase 1:
25.08 – 27.08: Central Zone in Cholpon-Ata (KGZ) with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
31.08 – 02.09: Eastern Zone in Nanjing (CHN) with Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Mongolia, North Korea and South Korea
01.09 – 05.09: Oceania Zone in Port Vila (VAN) with American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu
Remaining tournaments of males’s Phase 1:
31.08 – 02.09: Eastern Zone in Nanjing (CHN) with China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Mongolia, North Korea and South Korea
01.09 – 05.09: Oceania Zone in Port Vila (VAN) with American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu
05.09 – 07.09: Central Zone in Cox’s Bazar (BAN) with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
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