Thursday, 23 May 2024

Beach Update: Klagenfurt Major, U19 World Championships

The 2016 Olympics are just around the corner, and the U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball Team is diligently preparing for this historic event. While the Games officially commence on August 6th for the U.S. beach athletes, they are keeping their momentum going at the FIVB World Tour Klagenfurt Major and the FIVB U19 Beach World Championships.

The U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball Team consists of eight talented athletes, half of whom will be making their Olympic debut. The team will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 1st, after going through processing in Houston. The beach athletes will be engaging in pool play matches from August 6th to August 11th. Due to the one-hour difference between Rio and Eastern Time, some matches, including two featuring April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings, will take place at midnight.

The medal matches for women and men will be held on August 17th and 18th, respectively. The bronze medal matches will commence at 9 p.m. ET, followed by the gold medal matches at 11 p.m. ET. These matches will be aired on NBC and streamed online.

FIVB Klagenfurt Major

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The Klagenfurt Major in Austria serves as the final stop on the FIVB World Tour before the Olympics. The U.S. will be well represented with five women’s teams and six men’s teams participating in this prestigious event, taking place from July 26th to July 31st. Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes have earned a wild card and will be the sole American women’s team in the main draw. The other four women’s teams will be competing in the qualification tournament. John Hyden and Tri Bourne, on the other hand, are seeded eighth in the main draw.

After the Olympics, the FIVB World Tour will continue with two more events in 2016. The first is the Long Beach Grand Slam in California from August 23rd to August 28th, followed by the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals in Toronto, Canada, from September 13th to September 18th.

FIVB U19 World Championships

The FIVB Under 19 World Championships will be held in Larnaka, Cyprus, from July 27th to July 31st. The United States will be represented by two men’s and two women’s teams. Megan Muret and Alexis Filippone, Kathryn Plummer and Milica Mirkovic, Lucas Lossone and Aidan Brown, and Clay Messenger and Robert Mullahey, the winners of the USAV Team Trials in May, will be vying for victory. The tournament will begin with pool play on July 28th and 29th, followed by the elimination rounds starting on July 30th. The semifinals and medal matches will take place on July 31st.

World Tour Returns to the USA

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Following the conclusion of the Olympics, the FIVB World Tour will make its way back to the United States for the Long Beach Grand Slam (World Series of Beach Volleyball), beginning on August 23rd. This event is expected to attract not only the four American Olympic teams but also a significant number of participants from other countries.

To learn more about the upcoming World Tour event in the U.S., please visit our website.

FAQs

Q: When do the Olympic Games beach volleyball matches take place?
A: The matches will be held from August 6th to August 18th.

Q: Which teams will be participating in the FIVB Klagenfurt Major?
A: The U.S. will have five women’s teams and six men’s teams competing in the event.

Q: Where and when will the FIVB U19 World Championships be held?
A: The championships will take place in Larnaka, Cyprus, from July 27th to July 31st.

Q: Will the FIVB World Tour return to the United States after the Olympics?
A: Yes, the World Tour will come back to the USA with the Long Beach Grand Slam starting on August 23rd.

Summary

In this article, we provided an update on the beach volleyball scene, focusing on the Klagenfurt Major and the U19 World Championships. We highlighted the U.S. Olympic Beach Volleyball Team’s preparations for the upcoming Olympics and the remaining events on the FIVB World Tour. Moreover, we detailed the schedule and key information for the Klagenfurt Major and the U19 World Championships. Lastly, we shared that the World Tour will return to the United States with the Long Beach Grand Slam following the conclusion of the Olympics. To stay updated on the latest developments and events, visit our website. Join us in celebrating the athleticism and excitement of beach volleyball!

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