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28/03/2018 16:09
Ready, set, Go:teborg!
2018 CEV Beach Volleyball Satellite - Göteborg

Göteborg, Sweden, March 28, 2018. The last CEV Beach Volleyball indoor event of the 2018 season is just one day away from ‘invading’ Göteborg, Sweden, and the world’s largest indoor Beach Volleyball arena.

The city of Göteborg is getting ready to host a CEV Satellite tournament for the second year in a row. The event will take place from March 29 to April 1. The action gets going Thursday with the qualification round where 16 men’s teams will battle for the eight spots at stake to join the Main Draw starting on Friday.

As many as 24 teams from 14 European countries are to lock horns in the next few days. Four of them are Swedish tandems who get the unique opportunity to play on home soil. Three of the Swedish teams have already secured their spot in the Main Draw, while the fourth will try to join their compatriots by fighting their way through the qualifications.

Martin Appelgren/Simon Boman, representing hosts Göteborg Beachvolley Club (GBC), are the top-ranked team in Sweden. In recent years, they have established themselves on the international Beach Volleyball stage, playing frequently and with great success on the European and World Tour as well. “We feel full of vim, like we are on the rise! Since Saturday, we have participated in a training camp together with the rest of the National team. It has given us some truly nice sessions in the sand. We very much look forward to getting going and hope that we can play to our full potential. We know what we are capable of and this is what we showed when we finished fifth in the 1-star event in Shepparton on the FIVB World Tour a couple of months ago. That meant a lot to our confidence - a real boost. But playing outside, with wind and under a gazing sun, is for sure a different thing than playing inside in the Beach Center,” said Martin Appelgren.



Appelgren/Boman are joined by fellow countrymen Linus Tholse and Jakob Molin as well as Alexander Annerstedt and 16-year-old young gun David Åhman; two teams who made a big splash when they finished in third and fourth place, respectively, during the NEVZA zonal event, aka NEVZA Beach Sweden, held at the same venue this past autumn.

“This is going to be so much fun. To get to play a tournament of this magnitude is a special thing for me. I feel awesome and having the performance from that NEVZA zonal event under our belt means a lot to us. It is a nice feeling to know that we have that kind of potential and way of playing in our veins,” said Åhman, who received the award for ‘Rookie of the year’ in the last edition of the Swedish Beach Volleyball Tour.

The fourth home team, Alexander Herrmann and Ludvig Simonsson, will try to join the feast by spiking their way through the qualification tournament. “Ludvig and I have had a good week training-wise and are poised and ready to get going tomorrow. We have fun playing together and find each other well on the court. Our goal is definitely to win tomorrow’s clash and to reach the Main Draw. We will take the opportunity to enjoy playing a high-class international tournament like this at home in Sweden, which you do not get to do every day. I participated in last year’s historic CEV Satellite event as well, and the two matches I played are still the best I have experienced on a Beach Volleyball court this far. Everyone in the crowd supports you 100 percent,” Alexander Herrmann said.

For further updates and results, visit the official tournament website or follow the official Facebook event right here.

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