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02/11/2014 17:57
Teams from Finland and Norway claim third straight title on NEVZA Beach Volleyball circuit
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Gothenburg, Sweden, November 2, 2014. The NEVZA Beach Volleyball indoor tournament organised from Friday through Sunday in the world’s largest beach arena in Gothenburg came to a close with teams from Finland and Norway standing on top of the women’s and men’s podium, respectively. 64 teams from five NEVZA members – Denmark, England, Finland, Norway and Sweden – participated in the event which was attended by a large crowd, especially on the final day of competition.

Finland’s Riikka Lehtonen/Taru Lahti lived up to their status of first-seeded pair of the tournament cruising to yet another victory on the NEVZA circuit by edging home heroines Nina Grawender and Karin Lundqvist in the final (29-27, 21-10). The podium was completed by another Swedish tandem as Tora Hansson/Sofia Ögren won the bronze medal match against their compatriots Camilla Nilsson/Tadva Yoken (21-13, 21-15). Lehtonen/Lahti have been the major force on this year’s NEVZA circuit topping the charts in three consecutive tournaments (Oslo, Jyväskylä, and now Gothenburg).



The men’s final was a Norwegian derby opposing first-seeded Iver Andreas Horrem/Geir Eithun to Oivind Hordvik/Bjarte Usken. It was already the second time these duos crossed their ways this weekend in Gothenburg as they had done so also on Sunday morning with Hordvik/Usken claiming a speedy 21-12, 21-13 victory. Horrem and Eithun then fought their way back through the losers’ bracket where they beat Finland’s Timo Haavisto/Toni Havela 22-20, 21-14 and then won also their semi-final match with Denmark’s Martin OIesen/Peter Kildegaard (21-14, 21-16).



The final turned into a very exciting and thrilling match where Horrem/Eithun eventually had the upper hand (21-23, 21-16, 15-11) to win their third NEVZA tournament this year after topping the charts – similarly to Lehtonen and Lahti – also at the events held in Oslo and Jyväskylä earlier this year. Finland’s Pekka Piippo/Jyrki Nurminen settled for the bronze after edging last year’s winners in Gothenburg, Olesen/Kildegaard, 2:1 (21-14, 13-21, 15-13).

Click here for detailed results and final standings; photos by Marcus Lundberg

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