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Latvia ready to host Europe’s Beach Volleyball stars in the making

Monday 3rd of August 2015
Latvia ready to host Europe’s Beach Volleyball stars in the making

Riga, Latvia, August 3, 2015. One of the major sporting events taking place this year in Latvia, the 2015 CEV U18 Beach Volleyball European Championships, is just about to start with the actions at the Beach Box Elkor stadium getting underway this coming Thursday. The young home heroes of Latvia are waiting with enthusiasm for the tournament to start and their expectations are obviously high for this premiere at home. 

‘Lion King’ Samoilovs and Smedins make history for Latvia with first men’s gold for Europe’s Beach Volleyball ‘Mecca’

Sunday 2nd of August 2015
‘Lion King’ Samoilovs and Smedins make history for Latvia with first men’s gold for Europe’s Beach Volleyball ‘Mecca’

Klagenfurt, Austria, August 2, 2015. It has been an incredible summer for Latvia’s Beach Volleyball family which started already in May with the Jurmala Masters, continued with Martins Plavins/Haralds Regza claiming gold at the Baku 2015 European Games and the climax was eventually reached on Sunday at the world’s ‘Mecca’ of this sport, Klagenfurt, where Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins celebrated their first European Championship gold medal as well as their country’s first ever after edging Italy’s Alex Ranghieri and Adrian Carambula 21-18, 21-18. Back in 2009 Inguna Minusa and Inese Jursone had won European gold in the women’s competition at the finals held in Sochi, Russia. This gold medal is the perfect boost for the sport to continue to boom in Latvia with the country’s capital Riga set to host next week the 2015 edition of the CEV U18 Beach Volleyball European Championships. 

Latvians make third straight European final, play Italian sensation for gold

Sunday 2nd of August 2015
Latvians make third straight European final, play Italian sensation for gold

Klagenfurt, Austria, August 2, 2015. Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins will be vying on Sunday afternoon for their first European title after missing out on that accolade and having had to be content with silver in 2013 and 2014. The ‘Lion King’ and 2012 Olympic bronze medal winner Janis Smedins edged 2013 world champions Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen of The Netherlands in the semis (21-18, 21-19) to make the final act of the competition and go for a remake of their pool match with Alex Ranghieri and Adrian Carambula. The Italians teamed up only last winter after Ranghieri parted ways with former partner Andrea Tomatis and Carambula, who was born in Uruguay and attended college in the US, had a trial with Italy’s mentor Paulao in the summer of 2014 in Long Beach. Their partnership seems to be a very successful one and after they medalled at their very first World Tour event together last June in Porec, Croatia, on Sunday they made the final of the 2015 CEV Beach Volleyball European Championship Final in Klagenfurt after edging 2015 world silver medallists Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst of The Netherlands (21-17, 21-19). 

Poland stamp straight-set win to complete weekend of away action in Israel

Sunday 2nd of August 2015
Poland stamp straight-set win to complete weekend of away action in Israel

Beer Sheva, Israel, August 1, 2015. After recording a tie-break win on Friday, Poland men’s national team added another one to their record on Saturday as they beat hosts Israel in three sets (25-20, 28-26, 25-22) in their second matchup on schedule for Pool A of the 2015 CEV Volleyball European League.

Hosts Poland to contest for World Grand Prix Group 2 crown

Saturday 1st of August 2015
Hosts Poland to contest for World Grand Prix Group 2 crown

Lublin, Poland, August 1, 2015. Hosts Poland have qualified for Sunday’s World Grand Prix Group 2 final which will offer the winner a ticket to the World Grand Prix Group 1 next season. Poland proved too strong for Puerto Rico (25-21, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23) in the second World Grand Prix Group 2 semi-final in Lublin, Poland.