Courtesy: Quattro Media
We are excited to announce the September launch of the Beach Volleyball King of the Court Crown Series 2018 sanctioned by the International Volleyball Federation FIVB. Top international teams like Norway’s Anders Mol/Christian Sorum, Spain’s Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira, Austria’s Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst, Brazil’s Bruno Schmidt/Pedro Solberg and Germany’s Julius Thole/Clemens Wickler, will compete in four iconic beach volleyball locations around the world, and with a total prize purse of US$ 450,000 and a new highly-coveted title at stake, play will be fast and furious.
The series will engage and inspire athletes, fans and the media throughout the back-to-back tournaments. The King of the Court modus is even more exciting for both players and spectators, it’s a fast, action-packed elimination competition.
It’s not the usual two teams against each other, but five (respectively four and three) teams face each other simultaneously in a rotation system. There’s a Challenger’s and a King’s side. Challengers serve, and points can only be scored at the King’s side. If the Kings win a rally, they get one point and stay in their kingdom. If they lose, they’re out and are sent to the back of line of waiting teams. Challengers then move into the King’s end to face the next team. The team with the least points on the buzzer is out.
All this happens to a ticking clock, adding another level of excitement to King of the Court tournaments: Round one and finals lasts max. twenty minutes, while round two lasts sixteen. In the finals, the first team to reach 15 points wins, or whoever has the highest score after 20 minutes. The entire final round is blazed in sixty minutes of fast and furious play. It’s a revolution in beach volleyball.
The Series will consist of four stages that will run consecutively and were picked for their outstanding facilities and importance to the international beach volleyball community. Floodlit arenas in high-end stadium settings will also add to the significance and drama of the events:
Sept. 7, 2018 – Utrecht, Netherlands, Jaarbeursplein
Sept. 8, 2018 – Antwerp, Belgium
Sept. 14 2018 – Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA, Fort DeRussy, Waikiki
Sept. 22-23, 2018 – Huntington Beach, CA, USA; Huntington Beach Pier
The European leg will involve 15 of the best men’s teams, while at the Hawaiian event, on the world-famous Duke Kahanamoku Beach fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Fort DeRussy in Waikiki, 15 top men’s teams will be joined by 15 of the best women’s. At Huntington Pier, 20 men’s and 20 women’s teams will fight it out to be the best in the sand.
Quattro Media is offering free live streaming for the Sept. 7-8 events. Watch Live Below beginning at 7 a.m. ET Friday and Saturday:
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Teams for Utrecht/Antwerp:
- Steven Van de Velde / Dirk Boehle (NED)
- Alexander Brouwer / Robert Meeuwsen (NED) – currently ranked second 2018 FIVB World Ranking
- Christian Varenhorst / Jasper Bouter (NED) – – currently Top 20 2018 FIVB World Ranking
- Anders Mol / Christian Sorum (NOR) – European Champs 2018 & Winner of the last 3 Major Tournaments including the World Tour Finals in Hamburg – currently ranked first 2018 FIVB World Ranking
- Pablo Herrera / Adrian Gavira (ESP) – currently ranked fifth 2018 FIVB World
- Clemens Doppler / Alexander Horst (AUT) – Vice World Champion 2017 – currently top 20 2018 FIVB World Ranking
- Dries Koekelkoren / Tom Van Walle (BEL) – currently top 25 2018 FIVB World Ranking
- Bruno Schmidt / Pedro Solberg (BRA)
- Saymon Barbosa Santos / Guto Carvalhaes (BRA)
- Harley Marques Silva / Ricardo Costa Santos (BRA)
- Aleksandrs Samoilovs / Martins Plavins (LAT)
- Casey Patterson / Stafford Slick (USA)
- Jake Gibb / Taylor Crabb (USA)
- Ilya Leshukov / Konstantin Semenov (RUS) – currently Top 20 2018 FIVB World Ranking
- Julius Thole / Clemens Wickler (GER) – German Champs 2018 & ranked 4th at the Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals in Hamburg 2018
For further information on the King of the Court Crown Series 2018, click here.