17/07/2018 21:12
#EuroBeachVolley stage in Apeldoorn witnesses first farewells
2018 CEV DELA Beach Volleyball European Championship

Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, July 17, 2018. The court in Apeldoorn was dominated by the women’s competition as they began their rivalry at the 2018 CEV DELA Beach Volleyball European Championship. The hosting team Joy Stubbe/Marleen van Iersel celebrated their first victory in front of a home crowd and are second in Pool H, placed behind Russians Svetlana Kholomina/Nadezda Makroguzova. Spanish Liliana Fernández/Elsa Baquerizo lead among the teams of Pool A, while Poland’s Kinga Kolosinska/Katarzyna Kociolek were forced to leave their hopes behind and withdraw from the competition due to Kolosinska’s knee injury. Their countrymen Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak lead Pool D after securing their second victory, while Marco Caminati/Enrico Rossi of Italy delivered their first win yet.



Kinga Kolosinska and Katarzyna Kociolek (POL) were the first to compete in Pool A on Tuesday at #EuroBeachVolley in Apeldoorn, playing against Spanish Liliana Fernández and Elsa Baquerizo. The first set was won by the Spanish duo and the team eventually won entire match 2-0 (21-19, 21-4), after the game was cut short due to an injury of Kinga Kolosinska, who was forced to forfeit the match at 4-11 in the second set. After further medical examination, the Polish team withdrew from the 2018 CEV DELA Beach Volleyball European Championship. 

As a result, the remaining two matches of Kolosinska/Kociolek - Tuesday's match with Marta Menegatti/Laura Giombini (ITA) and Wednesday's game against Germany's Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude won't be taking place, with victories assigned to Menegatti/Giombini and Laboureur/Sude. 

Kolosinska/Kociolek were forced to withdraw from #EuroBeachVolley due to an injury

A 2011 European champion, Marta Menegatti who aims for the trophy with her partner Laura Giombini were off to a good start in Pool A. The duo played their first match against Germany’s top seeds Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude, who arrived in The Netherlands straight from the Gstaad Major, where they finished second. Laboureur/Sude had to face a defeat at the beginning of the competition, losing to Menegatti/Giombini 1-2 (18-21, 21-18, 6-15). 

Menegatti/Giombini beat Laboureur/Sude in three sets at #EuroBeachVolley

Mariia Bocharova and Maria Voronina arrived from China  after their success at the U19 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship to face yet another challenge, this time at the 2018 CEV DELA Beach Volleyball European Championship. Apart from being newly crowned World Champions, the duo won the CEV Youth Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Finals and 2018 CEV U20 Beach Volleyball European Championship earlier this season. Yet Svetlana Kholomina and Nadezda Makroguzova were too much to stand for Bocharova/Voronina, winning the second all-Russian game in Apeldoorn 2-0 (21-8, 21-10). 

“Our opponents were perhaps a bit tired as they only flew in from China and I am sure they will show a better performance later,” Kholomina said about their opponents. “It is not more difficult to play against Russians, we are one team and they are another team and we focus only on our game and how to win,” she commented on the the aspect of playing against their countrywomen.

Bocharova/Voronina were unable to win against fellow countrywomen Kholomina/Makroguzova

In the first game of the evening session, the hosting team, Joy Stubbe and Marleen van Iersel, made their debut in front of a home crowd in Apeldoorn. Stubbe/van Iersel compete in Pool H against Russians Bocharova/Voronina, Kholomina/Makroguzova and Czech Republic’s Martina Bonnerová and Sarka Nakladalova, who joined the competition with a wild card. The Dutch began the tournament well and won the match 2-0 (21-18, 21-18). 

Stubbe/van Iersel celebrate their first match and first win at #EuroBeachVolley together with the official mascot Spike 

After losing to Menegatti/Giombini (ITA) earlier today, Laboureur/Sude (GER) were facing Spanish Liliana/Elsa in the last match of the day. The German duo won in two sets, 2-0 (21-19, 21-19), turning Pool A into the most competitive yet. After the withdrawal of the Polish team, all of the remaining competitors have one victory each, with Liliana/Elsa leading the table, followed by Laboureur/Sude and Menegatti/Giombini. 


As men’s competition in Apeldoorn began on Sunday, only two men’s matches were played on Tuesday. In the first game, Switzerland’s Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson and Italians Marco Caminati/Enrico Rossi were fighting for their first victory at #EuroBeachVolley. Heidrich/Gerson were those who suffered the second upset thus far, losing to Caminati/Rossi 1-2 (21-18, 17-21, 12-15). The Italians will be facing Polish duo Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak on Wednesday, while Heidrich/Gerson will be playing against th e home team Dirk Boehlé and Steven van de Velde.

Caminati/Rossi secured their first victory at #EuroBeachVolley

The last match in the men’s competition belonged to Boehlé/van de Velde and Kantor/Losiak, with both teams having one victory each to their name. The hosting team was on the right path to secure a second win, winning the first set and leading 18-14 in the second, but Kantor/Losiak managed to level the score and cancelled a match point for Boehlé/Van de Velde to continue the match into a tie break. The Polish duo secured eventually the victory, moving ahead of Boehlé/Van de Velde and Italians Caminati/Rossi in Pool D.


Boehlé/Van de Velde were unable to keep the momentum against Kantor/Losiak

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