Author: Yavor Dimitrov

The most dramatic final of the season so far

The annual beach volleyball events in the Russian capital of Moscow have been a trademark for quality in the past few years. The 2017 edition saw the American veterans Nick Lucena and Phil Dalhausser prevail in three ecstatic sets over the home favourites Nikita Lyamin and Vyacheslav Krasilnikov (21-17, 22-24, 18-16). Formerly part of the World Tour’s Grand Slam elite, the Moscow event, now degraded to a 3-star Open following the new FIVB international structure, has been host to some of the most remarkable gold medal matches. In 2014 the Russians Semenov-Krasilnikov defeated in straight sets (23-21, 21-17) Poland’s...

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Talents: Rodrigo Leao ‘Rodriguinho’

The Brazilian club Sada Cruzeiro, currently the best volleyball team in the world, is a hatcher for success, attractive volleyball, world-class players, and incredibly talented youngsters. One among the latter is going to receive some special attention today. At the beginning of the 2016-2017 season, more specifically at the 2016 Club World Championship in Betim, Brazil, a 20-year-old outside attacker was so impressive during the epic clash with Zenit Kazan in the group stage, a match to be repeated later in the final, that he partially stole the show from the two Cuban giants on the opposing sides of...

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Talents: Luke Perry

Luke Perry should not be a new name to Volleycountry readers. Berlin Recycling Volleys’ libero attracted our attention in 2014 already and now he makes it into our series as one of the best and most promising liberos in the world. True, only about three years passed since we first posted information about the 21-year-old Australian, but a lot has happened with his game in the meantime. He was one of the ‘culprits’ for the Aussies’ impressive 5th-place finish, tied with Russia, at the FIVB World League 2014 and the ensuing promotion to Division I for the next two...

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Russians snapped up the medals in Kish Island

The first test of the newly assigned star structure by FIVB took place in the Persian Gulf on the Iranian Kish Island. The 3-star event, played on a span of three days, offered the first single-elimination format of the year, one of the many to come in 2017 and the first in many years of international beach volleyball, and was eventually dominated by Russian pairs. Having finished ninth a week earlier in their first tournament together at the Fort Lauderdale Major in USA, the new partners Nikita Lyamin and Vyacheslav Krasilnikov enjoyed a perfect stay in Iran and grabbed...

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It wasn’t ‘America first’ in Fort Lauderdale

Scheduled very early (for beach volleyball) in 2017, the Fort Lauderdale Major offered the first opportunity for teams to check out on their winter preparation. At the beginning of February players would usually sweat on warm beaches across the globe getting ready for the forthcoming season, whereas in 2017 this routine was interrupted by a great Swatch Major Series event. As a matter of fact, only on five previous occasions had the World Tour begun earlier in its 31-year-old history. However, they all took place more than seventeen years ago and, apart from a South Beach season opener in...

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