The first phase of the CEV Nations Cup and the AVC Continental Cup is underway
The qualifying trip to the Olympic beach volleyball tournament in Paris 2024 by continental route is now in full swing in Europe and Asia. The allocation of one Olympic berth per gender for the Continental Confederation, the CEV European Beach Volleyball Nations Cup and the AVC Continental Cup in Asia are well under way with the first phases of both competitions.
The CEV Nations Cup participating countries have been divided into seven gender-based groups for the preliminary phase of the competition, which will take place in a country-versus-country format between May 12 and June 11, 2023 at various locations across Europe, with pool winners qualifying for the 2023 Nations Cup Finals. The top three teams of the Finals will then qualify for the 2024 Nations Cup Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Tournaments in two women’s and two men’s pools have already ended.
The competition kicked off with the men’s tournament in Group F, held in Gstaad, Switzerland, on May 12 and 13, featuring national teams from Germany, Luxembourg, Moldova, Switzerland and Turkey.
Germany and hosts Switzerland reached the final duel. Adrian Heidrich and Leo Dillier led the hosts with a 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) over Robin Sowa and Lukas Pfretzschner in the first leg, but Clemens Wickler and Nils Ehlers equalized 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) they ruled out Quentin Metal and Yves Haussener in the second. In the deciding golden set, Heidrich and Dillier defeated Ehlers and Wickler 15-10 to advance Switzerland to the final.
Tense action in the men’s final in Group F between Switzerland and Germany (Image: cev.eu)
Austria was the second country to secure a place in the final after winning the Group E tournament held in Madrid, Spain on 15 and 16 May. In the final match, the Austrians defeated Lithuania with two wins in straight sets. Julian Horl and Philipp Waller defeated Arnas Rumsevicius and Artur Vasiljev 2-0 (21-19, 21-16), while Robin Seidl and Moritz Pristauz won 2-0 (21-17, 21-16). 18) second rubber cut against Audrius Knasas and Patrikas Stankevicius. Spain, Slovenia and Croatia finished third to fifth in the final group standings.
Other Men’s Play-In Tournaments:
Other Men’s Play-In Tournaments:
25/05 – 27/05: Group C in Heraklion (GRE) with Denmark, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy and Ukraine
26/05 – 27/05: Group B in Netanya (ISR) with Israel, Latvia, Netherlands, Romania and Scotland
26/05 – 27/05: Group D in Vantaa (FIN) with Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Poland and Sweden
06/06 – 08/06: Group A in Lillesand (NOR) with Bulgaria, England, Estonia, Norway and Slovakia
10/06 – 11/06: Group G in Budapest (HUN) with Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Northern Ireland and Portugal
The women’s competition kicked off with a Group C match in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, on May 17 and 18. The hosts won the last match against Slovenia. Emi van Driel and Brecht Piersma dominated Ziva Javornik and Maja Marolt on their way to the rubber one 2:0 (21-7, 21-17).
Katja Stam and Raisa Schoon then took their country to the finals, defeating Taja Lovsin and Anja Macek 2-0 (21-15, 21-9). Cyprus and Estonia finished third in the final group standings, leaving Northern Ireland in fifth place.
Results and table of women in group C https://www.cev.eu/beach/nations-cup/2023/qualifiers-women/pool-c-apeldoorn-ned/#matches
Poland has booked a second ticket to the women’s finals after finishing top of the Group F table at the tournament held in Ayr, Scotland on May 20 and 21. The Poles won both goals in the final duel with the star team of the Czech Republic. First, Katarzyna Kociołek and Marta Lodej won a fierce 2:1 (21:19, 17:21, 20:18) over Barbora Hermannova and Marie-Sara Stochlova. Then Jagoda Gruszczyńska and Aleksandra Wachowicz defeated Helena Havelkova and Marketa Slukova 2:0 (21:15, 21:19). Belgium and hosts Scotland are the other two teams competing in the group.
Other Women’s Play-In Tournaments:
25/05 – 27/05: Group E in Heraklion (GRE) with France, Greece, Portugal and Spain
26/05 – 27/05: Group G in Netanya (ISR) with Bulgaria, Finland, Israel and Latvia
27.05 – 28.05: Group B in Bratislava (SVK) with Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland and Ukraine
06/06 – 08/06: Group A in Lillesand (NOR) with Denmark, Germany, Norway and Türkiye
10/06 – 11/06: Group D in Budapest (HUN) with Austria, Croatia, England, Hungary and Italy
In Asia, five of the 2023-2024 AVC Continental Cup Phase 1 tournaments by gender are divided by zonal associations. The zone winners advance directly to Phase 3 (Finals), while the runners-up advance to Phase 2, a five-team tournament where the winner also advances to the Finals.
The The first phase tournament in the Western Zone was played in February, https://www.fivb.com/en/about/news/qatar-and-lebanon-advance-to-avc-continental?id=100718 with the men’s national team of Qatar and the women’s national team of Lebanon topping the table and advancing to the finals, while runners-up Oman men and runners-up Qatar women advanced to Phase 2.
As an exception, the Southeast Zone Phase 1 tournament was part of the SEA Games held in Sihanoukville, Cambodia from May 11 to 16.
Thailand on the attack at the SEA Games (Image credit: asianvolleyball.net)
In the final women’s match, Thailand defeated Indonesia by two wins to one. Worapeerachayakorn Kongphopsarutawadee and Taravadee Naraphornrapat defeated Yokebed Eka and Nur Sari 2-0 (21-12, 21-17) while Dhita Juliana and Desi Ratnasari won 2-0 (21-16, 21-15) over Varapatsorn Radarong and Tanarattha Udomchavee to induce a third rubber tie-break. Thailand’s Worapeerachayakorn and Naraphornrapat won 2-0 (21-14, 21-15) against Dhita and Desi to claim SEA Games Gold and advance to the final of the AVC Continental Cup. Teams from Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, the Philippines and Malaysia ranked in the final classification.
The same two countries met in the men’s final. This time, Indonesia triumphed with the SEA Games title and a ticket to the Continental Cup finals after winning the tie-break. Pithak Tipjan and Poravid Taovato of Thailand defeated Danangsyah Pribadi and Gilang Ramadhan of Indonesia 2-0 (21:16, 21:19), and Mohammad Ashfiya and Bintang Akbar defeated Surin Jongklang and Dunwinit Kaewsai 2-0 (21:19, 21: 21). 19). Ashfiya and Bintang then battled for a 2-0 (21-18, 25-23) win over Pithak and Poravid in the deciding match. The Philippines rounded out the podium, followed by Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, East Timor and Laos.
SEA Games results and standings
Other Women’s Phase 1 Tournaments:
August 25 – August 27: Central Zone in Cholpon-Ata (KGZ) with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
August 31 – September 2: Nanjing East Zone (CHN) with Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea and South Korea
01/09 – 05/09: Port Vila Oceania Zone (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
Other Men’s Phase 1 Tournaments:
August 31 – September 2: Nanjing East Zone (CHN) with China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea and South Korea
01/09 – 05/09: Port Vila Oceania Zone (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 at 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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