Whoever sees the successful duo of Maria Elisa and Carol Solberg on the sandy beaches of FIVB`s World Tour cannot imagine the dire straits the partnership has to endure just to keep itself alive
Old wisdowm dictates that it is better not to mix love and work – 2016 Rio Games silver medalist Barbara Seixas will tell you otherwise
Fourth-seeded Czech pair Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova are the top remaining women’s duo heading into the Itapema quarterfinals after knocking out No. 1 Barbara/Fernanda of Brazil. On the men’s side, the top three seeds are in tact, led by Brazilians Evandro/Andre.
Friday was packed with pool play action at the Aydin One-Star with four men’s teams earning pool titles and eight women’s teams setting up for chances at pool crowns, which will decided early Saturday morning.
In the first of nine collaborative events and first of four in Turkey between the European Volleyball Confederation (CEV) and the FIVB, the Aydin Open opened on Thursday. Four men’s teams and four women’s advanced through qualifying to the main draw.
The move between the two governing bodies creates more playing opportunities for international players and is crucial towards Olympic qualification
Americans Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman and Emily Day/Betsi Flint were among the eight women’s teams who made it through qualifiers to the main draw of the Itapema Four-Star on Wednesday. Three German teams highlighted the men’s qualifiers.
Juliana was a bronze medalist in London 2012, a World Champion in 2011, and is a 8 times FIVB World Tour Champion
Chase Budinger logged in eight seasons (407 games) in the NBA
Americans John Mayer and Trevor Crabb, who started the tournament as a wildcard entry and dropped their opening pool play match, capped a six-match win streak and secured their first ever FIVB medal, winning gold at the Lucerne Three-Star on Sunday. Countrymen Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen earned bronze at the tournament.