Italy, Poland and Russia post perfect record in age-group qualifiers

Monday 12th of January 2015
Italy, Poland and Russia post perfect record in age-group qualifiers

Luxembourg, January 12, 2015. Italy, Poland and Russia confirmed this weekend their status as Europe’s leading Volleyball powers since all of their national teams – U18 and U20 Women, U19 and U21 Men – made it through their respective qualifiers to continue their chase for glory. If their U19 men’s and U18 women’s teams are now set to compete at the Final Round of their respective European Championship later this spring, the older generation – U20 Women and U21 Men – will continue to chase a spot in the 2015 edition of their respective age-group World Championship via the second and last step of the qualification process scheduled for May 14-17, 2015. 

Italy, Russia and Serbia qualify for U18 finals in Bulgaria

Sunday 11th of January 2015
Italy, Russia and Serbia qualify for U18 finals in Bulgaria

Luxembourg, January 10, 2015.  Serbia became the first team to join host Bulgaria at the Final Round of the 2015 CEV U18 Volleyball European Championship - Women, to be held in the cities of Plovdiv and Samokov from March 28 through April 5.  The Serbs did not even need to play today to secure its ticket, as Ukraine beat Switzerland and made Serbia unreachable on top of Pool B.  Russia scored its third victory in its home pool and finished in first place to also stamp its visa for the finals.  Then Norway won a set against Slovakia to help the Italian girls secure an early advancement to the championship in Bulgaria.  A total 14 games in eight different qualification pools are taking place all over the continent of Saturday.

Russia, Romania and France book tickets to U19 Men Final Round

Saturday 10th of January 2015
Russia, Romania and France book tickets to U19 Men Final Round

Luxembourg, January 10, 2015. After another 14 matches were played in as many as eight different venues on Saturday, the U19 men’s national teams of Russia, Romania and France could celebrate their qualification to the final round of the European Championship that is due to take place in Sakarya and Kocaeli, Turkey, through April 4-12, 2015. Russia and Romania completed a clean sweep of their matches in Pool A and H, respectively, with Russia qualifying to the Final Round without dropping a single set in Moscow. France, on the other hand, can be proud of their Bleuets who after just two rounds of play in Saint-Jean d’Illac have already booked their ticket to the Finals. Another eight spots will be at stake on Sunday as the winners of each qualifier plus the three second placed teams with the best score will get the right to travel to Turkey and fight there for the European crown in this age group.  

CEV releases tentative calendar for another record-breaking Beach Volleyball season

Friday 9th of January 2015
CEV releases tentative calendar for another record-breaking Beach Volleyball season

Luxembourg, January 9, 2015. Though winter has finally come and snow has been falling almost all over Europe, Beach Volleyball fans can already start looking forward to a 2015 season that will be packed with a series of high-class events and as many as 19 tournaments as per the tentative calendar published today by CEV. The climax will be reached once 32 teams per gender – maximum two per country – will travel to Baku for the Beach Volleyball event of the inaugural European Games (June 16-21) and then from July 28 through August 2 as Austria’s largest sandbox in Klagenfurt will re-open its doors for the 2015 edition of the CEV Beach Volleyball European Championship Final. More events may be added to this tentative calendar as CEV is currently negotiating with other potential organisers.

Estonia’s U21 women hope to cause at least one big surprise in World Champs home qualifier

Friday 9th of January 2015
Estonia’s U21 women hope to cause at least one big surprise in World Champs home qualifier

Tallinn, Estonia, January 9, 2015. Estonia’s capital Tallinn is hosting this weekend one of five first-round qualification tournaments leading to the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U20 World Championship scheduled for early July in Cyprus. The winner of each first-round qualifier plus the second placed team with the best score across all Pools will make the second stage of the qualification process which is due to take place through May 14-17, 2015. The hosts of Estonia are playing the national teams of Greece, Croatia and Turkey, bronze medallists from last year’s U19 European Championship held in Tartu. All matches will be streamed live and for free at LAOLA1.tv