Beach Volleyball

Germany take the last spot in the Finals

Beach Nations Cup 2024

Article Mon, May 20 2024
Author: Guilherme Torres

The men’s lineup for the 2024 CEV Beach Volley Nations Cup Finals is now complete after Germany took the last spot with their victory in Pool C in their home sand Hamburg on Monday.

The German duos pose with the trophy

Playing at the Active City Arena from Saturday to Monday, the home team overcame competition from Cyprus, England, Estonia, Luxembourg, Moldova and Slovenia to join host country Latvia, Austria, France, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland in the event that will be held in Jurmala from June 13-16 and will qualify the winners for the Paris Olympics.

The women’s lineup has 11 countries confirmed – Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine -, while the final berth will be allocated to the National Federation with the highest position in the CEV Country Ranking as of June 10th, 2024, among all those finishing as runners-up in the 2024 Preliminary Phase.

Ehlers gets a block during the final

Counting on their top teams, the Germans were absolute over the week, winning all six matches played against duos from Luxembourg, England and Slovenia while dropping just two sets.

CEV Beach Nations Cup – Hamburg

One of them was in the final, with Lukas Pfretzschner and Sven Winter downing Slovenians Nejc Zemljak and Jan Pokeršnik 2-1 (18-21, 21-14, 15-9). In the other match of the series, Clemens Wickler and Nils Ehlers topped Klemen Šen and Danijel Pokeršnik in straight sets (21-16, 21-9) to seal the deal for the home side.

“We were a little bit nervous as the start because of how important the match was, but then we stabilized ourselves and managed to win. In the Finals, there will be five or six countries with a real shot at winning and we’re among them. We’ll need to play our best beach volleyball.”

Sven Winter
German beach volleyball player

The Beach Nations Cup has a different competition format, promoting ‘country vs. country’ battles. Each nation is represented by two teams and the duels take place in a best-of-three format, with the decider, if needed, being a 15-point golden set.