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truebluefan 05-07-2008 09:52 PM

FIVB: Zagreb 2008 Men's Open May 20-25
b stages SWATCH-FIVB World Tour men’s event for the fourth-straight season as the 2007 finale pitted two teams that rebounded from an opening setback in the double-elimination VIP Open to win seven-straight matches to reach the gold medal match. Kristian Kais and Rivo Vesik captured Estonia’s first-ever SWATCH gold medal by defeating Patrick Heuscher and Sascha Heyer of Switzerland 21-19, 17-21, 17-15 in the 64-minute finale. Brazilians captured the first two Zagreb titles as reigning Olympic champions Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos defeated the United States' Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers for the 2006 gold medal. Two weeks prior to winning the 2005 SWATCH-FIVB World Championships in Berlin, Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes won their first SWATCH-FIVB World Tour gold medal together by defeating Markus Dieckmann and Jonas Reckermann of Germany in the inaugural VIP Open final. The best finishes by Croatian teams in Zagreb have been 17ths by Toni Ivkovic/Pero Krizanovic and Kresimir Peric/Tomislav Steinocher in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Pictured to the right is Vesik (left) and Kais. Pictured below right is Heyer (left) and Heuscher.

When the Croatian people achieved their independence in 1991, Zagreb became a capital - a political and administrative centre for the Republic of Croatia. Located on the intersection of important routes between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe, Zagreb is the hub of the business, academic, cultural, artistic and sporting worlds in Croatia. Many famed scientists, artists and athletes come from the city, or work in it. Zagreb offers its visitors the Baroque atmosphere of the Upper Town, picturesque open-air markets, diverse shopping facili*ties, an abundant selection of crafts and a choice vernacular cuisine. Zagreb is a city of green parks and walks, with many places to visit in the beautiful surroundings. The city will enter into the third millennium with a population of one million. In spite of the rapid development of the economy and transportation, it has retained its charm, and a relaxed feeling that makes it a perfect place to visit and discover.

truebluefan 05-24-2008 05:53 AM

Fourth VIP Open starts with five Country Quota playoff matches
The upcoming Qualification Tournament for the US$175,000 VIP Open starts here Wednesday after five Country Quota matches were played Tuesday in the SWATCH FIVB World Tour event on the Lake Jarun courts.

Advancing from the preliminary playoff matches were the Croatian teams of Matija Gracin/Grga Trimcevski, Dejan Kljajic/Marko Loncar, Ivan Lugar/Miroslav Vabec and Donald Stojnic/Andrej Stanic.

All four Croatian tandems will be seeking a spot in Thursday's Main Draw via the 49-team single-elimination qualifier Wednesday as well as Ronny Bernsten and Kim Hellum, who won the Norwegian Country Quota match. Bernsten and Hellum are now 1-1 in preliminary matches after losing two weeks ago in a Country Quota playoffs In the Czech Republic.

Host Croatia will have three Beach Volleyball pairs in Thursday's opening "money" rounds, including Toni Ivkovic/Pero Krizanovic, Darko Nojic/Kresimir Peric and Josip Kovacev/Jegor Zukovskij while Norway will have at least two tandems led by Jorre Kjemperud/Tarjei Skarlund and Iver Horrem/Bjorn Maaseide.

Before Tuesday's matches at the VIP Open, Brazilians Marcio Araujo and Fabio Magalhaes announced their "desire" for another SWATCH FIVB World Tour gold medal after winning the inaugural stop in the Croatian capital in 2005.

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truebluefan 05-24-2008 05:54 AM

Russian celebrates birthday with VIP Open Main Draw berth
Wednesday was a "special day" for Yaroslav Koshkarev as he celebrated his 23rd birthday with a pair of Beach Volleyball wins with his Russian partner Serguei Prokopiev on the Lake Jarun courts to advance to the Main Draw of the fourth annual VIP Open.

Koshkarev and Prokopiev, who was also born on the 21st of the month, but in August 1986, upset the ranking order at the SWATCH FIVB World Tour event Wednesday as seven of the top eight-seeded pairs in the 49-team qualifier at the US$175,000 VIP Open earned spots in Thursday's opening Main Draw rounds where Australian Olympian Andrew Schacht of Australia will celebrate his 35th birthday.

The fifth of 20 men's event on the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar, the VIP Open in the Croatian capital concludes Sunday when the "final four" teams compete for $72,000 in prize money. The winning tandem will split the $28,000 first-place rewar

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truebluefan 05-24-2008 05:55 AM

World's best & Croatian hopefuls ready to compete for SWATCH FIVB Beach Volleyball W
The upcoming fourth edition of the SWATCH FIVB World Tour VIP Open will see nearly 100 of the world's best pairs from more than 30 countries competing at one of the toughest stops on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour, tournament organisers and sponsors announced at a press conference in Zagreb on Thursday.

The event will run through May 20-25 on the courts of Erste Zagreb Beach Volley Club and on the line will be Prize Money of US$175,000 as well as Beijing Olympics qualification points.

The tournament is set to have the most Croatian teams competing in all four editions - 14 of them - thanks to the FIVB's approval of an additional two wild cards to be distributed to host country teams for the qualification tournament.

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truebluefan 05-24-2008 05:56 AM

Dutch & Norwegian teams net SWATCH FIVB World Tour upsets
Jochem De Gruijter and Gijs Ronnes of the Netherlands pulled off a pair of upsets victories here Thursday during the opening rounds of the US$175,000 VIP Open as the Norwegian tandem of Kjell Goranson and Vegard Hoidalen took advantage of a "second chance" to remain in the SWATCH FIVB World Tour competition for another day.

After winning a pair of Qualification Tournament matches Wednesday over teams from Estonia and Brazil to advance to the Main Draw at the fourth annual VIP Open, De Gruijter and Gijs Ronnes scored two seed-breakthrough victories Thursday to become the third Beach Volleyball tandem from the Netherlands to remain unbeaten in the SWATCH FIVB World Tour competition.

By posting victories over 12th-seeded Clemens Doppler/Peter Gartmayer of Austria, and fifth-seeded Dmitri Barsouk/Igor Kolodinsky of Russia, the 21st-seeded De Gruijter and Gijs Ronnes joined the Dutch pairs of fourth-seeded Reinder Nummerdor/Richard Schuil and eighth-seeded Emiel Boersma/Bram Ronnes in the upper-half of the VIP Open winner's bracket with top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos of Brazil.

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truebluefan 05-24-2008 05:57 AM

American qualifiers net SWATCH FIVB World Tour “final four” spot
For the first-time in 38 SWATCH FIVB World Tour stops, a team other than a Brazilian pair has advanced through the Qualification Tournament to an event semi-final as Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings of the United States accomplished the feat here Friday with a pair of wins at the US$175,000 VIP Open.

Fuerbringer and Jennings scored wins over tandems from the United States and Germany to join Reindeer Nummerdor and Richard Schuil of the Netherlands as “final four” participants at the fourth annual VIP Open where the semi-final matches will be played Saturday afternoon after two rounds of elimination matches. The SWATCH FIVB World Tour concludes Sunday when the final two teams compete for the $28,000 first-place prize.

Not since Italians Riccardo Lione and Matteo Varnier qualified for a FIVB Main Draw at the end of the 2005 season in a Mexican SWATCH stop in Acapulco has a non-Brazilian team earned a “final four” berth on the international circuit. Since the October 2005 event, teams from the South American country have accomplished the feat five times with three of those pairs also winning Country Quota matches and one team (Harley Marques/Pedro Salgado) winning a gold medal.

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truebluefan 06-10-2008 12:27 PM

Nummerdor & Schuil net SWATCH FIVB World Tour men's gold in Zagreb
Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil of the Netherlands won their second SWATCH FIVB World Tour gold medal here Sunday by denying China a 1-2-3 day on the international Beach Volleyball circuit by defeating Penggen Wu and Linyin Xu in the US$175,000 VIP Open finale at Lake Jarun.

After the Chinese women collected silver and bronze medals at the Keihan/SMFG Japan Open, the fourth-seeded Nummerdor and Schuil posted a 17-21, 21-17 and 15-11 win in 50 minutes over the third-seeded Wu and Xu to claim the $28,000 first-place prize in the fifth of 20 men's events on the 2008 SWATCH FIVB World Tour calendar.

With the Beijing 2008 Olympics starting in less than 11 weeks, Wu and Xu were attempting to win China's first-ever men's title on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour after placing second at two earlier events this season in Australia and Shanghai by losing finales to Harley Marques and Pedro Salgado of Brazil.

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