Russian coach and captain vie for third gold medal together

Thursday 18th of June 2015
Russian coach and captain vie for third gold medal together

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 18, 2015. Russia’s mentor Sergey Shlyapnikov and team captain Dmitry Kovalev (pictured) share a common golden track. They indeed won gold at the 2010 CEV U20 Volleyball European Championship and one year later shared that same honour at the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship. Now they stand together on the senior team at the European Games – and they are going for more gold.

Elimination round starts with mixed fortunes for Azerbaijani teams

Thursday 18th of June 2015
Elimination round starts with mixed fortunes for Azerbaijani teams

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 18, 2015. The women’s competition at the Beach Arena resumed on Thursday late morning with the first set of matches on schedule for the elimination round. The home teams of Azerbaijan left the centre court of the majestic Beach Arena with mixed feelings as only one made it through to the next stage of the tournament after Raquel Goncalves Ferreira and Iuliia Karimova lost in straight sets (21-23, 19-21) to Diana Zolnercikova and Martina Jakubsova of the Czech Republic. Vivian Da Conceicão Cunha and Zinaida Liubymova, on the other hand, are through to the second elimination round following their 21-19, 21-13 win over Finland’s twins Erika and Emilia Nyström and will now take on Italy’s Laura Giombini and Giulia Toti for a spot in the quarterfinals. 

Olympic bronze medallist Plavins enjoying European Games partnership and experience

Thursday 18th of June 2015
Olympic bronze medallist Plavins enjoying European Games partnership and experience

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 18, 2015. Latvia’s Martins Plavins, 30, is the only Olympic medallist competing at the Baku 2015 European Games. Plavins and former partner Janis Smedins claimed bronze at London 2012 and their historic medal has triggered a further growth in the popularity and development of Beach Volleyball in Latvia. On Thursday he and partner Haralds Regza recorded their second victory in pool play at the Baku 2015 European Games edging Aliaksandr Kavalenka and Aliaksandr Dziadkou of Belarus 24-22, 17-21, 15-11.

Russia keep hopes alive, third straight win for Serbia, Germany beat The Netherlands in impressive demonstration of efficiency

Wednesday 17th of June 2015
Russia keep hopes alive, third straight win for Serbia, Germany beat The Netherlands in impressive demonstration of efficiency

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 17, 2015. The Crystal Hall arena in Baku hosted another thrilling day of the best Volleyball with exciting matches in the quest to prevail in the inaugural European Games. The women’s competition resumed with action-filled clashes that started with a convincing victory by Germany over The Netherlands 3:0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-22). Later in the afternoon a 3:0 win (27-25, 25-12, 25-18) in the clash with their neighbours from Bulgaria extended Serbia s positive streak to three matches in a row. Russia keep alive their hopes of a spot in the quarterfinals following a 3:0 win (25-22, 25-19, 26-24) over Croatia in a battle between teams that were still longing for their first victory in the tournament.

Azerbaijan cement pool lead, Poland and Turkey sign convincing victories

Wednesday 17th of June 2015
Azerbaijan cement pool lead, Poland and Turkey sign convincing victories

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 17, 2015. The teams participating in the women’s competition of the inaugural European Games continued to chase their dreams of glory in the tournament, as the ladies regained the stage at Crystal Hall arena with compelling matches. In the opening clash of the day in Pool A, Poland convincingly beat Romania in three sets 3:0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-16). With President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva also in attendance, Azerbaijan further cemented their pool lead after a third straight win, this time seeing Italy off in four sets (25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22). Turkey also stated their willingness to stay on top of the pool with a three-setter triumph over Belgium (25-16, 25-15, 25-18).