Shanghai, China, May 2, 2013 – Chinese wild card players Jin Jieqiong and Miao Chenchen upset 2011 Shanghai Open champions Marleen Van Iersel/Sanne Keizer of the Netherlands here Thursday morning to record their first win together in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.
Jin and Miao, who had united since 2011 but never entered the Main Draw in any World Tour event, pulled out a surprising 2-0 (21-18, 21-18) victory over the Dutch women in 33 minutes in their opening match in pool B.
Shanghai, China, May 1, 2013 – Reunited Salgado sisters from Brazil held off a strong late challenge from Austria’s Barbara Hansel/Katharina Schutzenhofer on Wednesday to lead eight qualifying teams into the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Shanghai Grand Slam women’s Main Draw.
Playing together again after Carolina gave birth to a baby boy last year, Maria Clara and Carolina Solberg Salgado failed to qualify for the Main Draw in the season-opening Fuzhou Open but this time they did not let the chance slip away, beating the Austrains 21-16 and 22-20 in the second and last round of the women’s Qualification Tournament.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 30, 2013) – Pool play in the main draw of the FIVB Shanghai Grand Slam, part of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, will begin on Wednesday without the U.S. men’s team of Todd Rogers and Ryan Doherty.
Rogers and Doherty, seeded No. 1 in the qualification bracket...
Guatemala City, Guatemala, April 29, 2013 – Puerto Rico and Chile opened with victories in the battle for the last berth available to the FIVB Volleyball Girl’s U18 World Championship at the Pan American Cup on Monday in Guatemala.
Puerto Rico defeated Colombia in four sets (25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 25-15) while Chile crushed hosts Guatemala in straight sets (25-18, 25-11, 25-7).
Shanghai, China, April 30, 2013 – Latvian Martins Plavins, bronze medallist from the London 2012 Olympic Games, begins the season with new partner Janis Peda. At the Fuzhou Open last week in China, Plavins and Peda did not make it out of the Qualification Tournament, but Plavins understands that the pair is still developing.