Exciting qualification matches at the opening of Serbian Masters 2011

Exciting qualification matches at the opening of Serbian Masters 2011
2011 CEV Beach Volleyball European Championship – Serbian Masters, one of the most prestigious tournaments of the European Volleyball Confederation in Beach Volleyball for men started yesterday in the organisation of Vip mobile and the Volleyball Federation of Serbia. Excellent matches on the sand courts on Strand beach marked the beginning of the tournament that will host the best beach volleyball players from Europe in Novi Sad until Sunday, July 17th. Entrance for all matches is free.

As many as 70 teams from 28 European countries (Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, The Netherlands, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Hungary, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland) applied for participation in this tournament. This fact speaks of great interest of competitors for the tournament and exciting matches that await the audience in Novi Sad. Due to a great number of registered teams, the back-up list of over 20 teams has been made.

Total of 6 teams from Austria, the Netherlands and Ukraine competed yesterday for the placement in the qualifications through the Country Quota, while Hupfer-Moser (Austria), Vismans S.-van Laanen (Netherlands) and Medyanyk-Ostapenk (Ukraine) made it to qualifications. Competition continued today at 8 a.m. with qualification matches on 2 courts under single elimination system. Total of 22 matches will be played by 22 teams. Unfortunately, Serbian team Sinisa Antonic/Goran Maric will not continue competition after being defeated by Frankart-Verschueren of Belgium (11-21, 21-17, 8-15). The best eight teams will have a chance to compete in the Main tourunament for placement and ranking points on the lists of the Confederation of European Volleyball (CEV) and the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) and for a tempting Prize Money worth of as much as EUR 50,000!

Total of 24 teams will participate in the Main tournament that is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday). Based on rankings on the CEV and IFVB lists, 16 teams will directly participate in the Main Draw, including three teams from Serbia (Stefan Basta/ Igor Tesic, Jovan Markovic/Dejan Jovic and Nenad Tatic/Nikola Galetin). The best ranked host team on CEV list is Basta-Tesic with 75 points that won 7th place at CEV Satellite in Constanca last week.
The main tournament will be closed on Sunday afternoon after semi-final and final matches, announcement of winners and delivery of grand trophy and money prizes. Apart from top-quality volleyball on the Strand beach in Novi Sad, visitors can also expect great animation program, numerous surprises and various award games.

Besides the main competition program, the youngest fans of beach volleyball will be happy to hear that our famous Serbian volleyball player Vanja Grbic will lead Vip Beach Masters school of volleyball. All children up to the age of 14, regardless of their previous volleyball experience, can attend this school. It is not necessary to register for the school, but simply to come to the volleyball courts on the Strand beach. Vip Beach Masters school of volleyball will be held on Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th from 5 to 6pm, and on Sunday, July 17th from 2 to 3pm.

For the results of the results Serbian Masters please visit
http://www.cev.lu/mmp/online/website/main_menu/beach_volleyball/82/18657/18658/index_EN.html