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World Championships return to Rio de Janeiro

2002 World Council Summary - Rally Point system - 8m x 16m court still under discussion - more professional referees - U21 and U18 World Championships - new ranking system - World Tour Champion title



2002 Season's Bests

1 Walsh-May
from USA
from Argentina
2 Adriana Behar-Shelda
from Brazil
Marcio Araujo-Benjamin
from Brazil
3 Pottharst-Cook
from Australia
from Brazil
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2003 FIVB Beach Volleyball Calendar
A record year: World Championships, 4 Grand Slams, Prize Money min $5.3 million 

LAUSANNE, Switzerland  - Beach Volleyball will enjoy a record year in 2003, one year ahead of the Athens 2004 Olympics, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has announced. The season’s highlight will be the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and for the first time the World Tour will feature a 4-leg Grand Slam.
”We have no doubt that 2003 will be another landmark year for Beach Volleyball, especially as FIVB events from January 2003 until 11 July 2004 are part of the Olympic qualification process,” said FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta. “The World Tour and World Championship attract a minimum of US $5.3 million in prize money, almost double over last year and the richest purse ever. There is no better signal to indicate the growing popularity of our second Olympic discipline.”
The World Championships, which offers $800,000 and will be played on Copa Cabana in Rio de Janeiro is a special coup, as city authorities do not usually permit such events on this, one of the world’s most famous beaches. Instead they will turn Copa Cabana into a Festival of Beach Volleyball to celebrate the sport that has a huge and passionate following in the country.
In addition, a groundbreaking agreement with USA’s Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP), which has opened the way for a Grand Slam in a spectacular venue in Los Angeles that will certainly be another season highlight. 
For the first time the World Tour will include a four-leg Grand Slam with the first leg in Berlin, Germany in June, followed by Marseille, France in July, Klagenfurt, Austria in August and winding up in Long Beach, California for the final leg in September. Each of these tournaments carries $300,000 prize money.
”Any team that manages to pull off the four tournaments and take the Grand Slam will certainly be recognized among their peers and in the sport generally as truly achieving something fantastic,” said Angelo Squeo, FIVB’s Beach Volleyball Coordinator
Individual men’s- and women’s Open Events will be held in Greece, Switzerland, Norway, Portugal, Japan, Poland, China, Indonesia, Spain, and Canada (to be confirmed in February) with others under negotiation in another seven countries. Provisional dates for these additional events have already been reserved in the calendar.
The calendar will also include a record-breaking 6-7 Challenger and Satellite events.

“The increased demand for Challenger and Satellite events is a sure sign of the growing popularity of our sport and indeed in many countries we are enjoying a boom,” Squeo commented. “Challenger and Satellite tournaments are a perfect launch pad for up-and-coming players to gain international experience.”
>>> 2003 Beach Volleyball World Tour Calendar
Pic: U.S. players Holly McPeak  and Elaine Youngs can go for a win at the Los Angeles leg of the Grand Slam in  2003

Pottharst-Cook win revenge match against Adriana-Shelda in Brazil
It took two years to organize, Olympic gold medallist Kerri Pottharst says, but she and partner Natalie Cook finally faced their old adversaries Brazilians Adriana Behar and Shelda Bruno Bede in a rematch of the 2000 Olympics final, this time in Niteroi, on the bay opposite Rio de Janeiro.
"We finally met after two years and the Brazilian press called it a "revenge" match," Kerri reported.
Kerri and Natalie flew in from Sydney for the match, hot from a victory on the first leg of the Australian National Beach Volleyball Tour. They spent the first three days getting over the 30-hour flight, resting and doing some light training to face the incredible heat and humidity of summer in Brazil.
"They had been setting the scene for the match all week, "Kerri reported from Australia. "We all did numerous TV interviews and the entire country was holding their breath waiting for the big revenge match."
Then before 4,000 spectators, they hit the sand to play the match that was brought live across Brazil by Globo TV. 
It was a blazing 42 degrees Celsius and the Australians had a sluggish start.
"We started very nervously in the first set and basically got "hammered" 13-21.
Back in our time out seats, Nat and I decided to relax more and just have
fun. Exactly what helped us to win back on the 25th of September 2000!
We came out pumped and took the second set 21:17," said Kerri.
The two Olympic champions found their rhythm and took a sweet 2-1 (13-21,21-17,15-13) victory to show that they are still in bristling form two years down the road.
"We were in front but you can never take for granted a lead in points on Adriana and Shelda," Kerri recalled. "True to form they fought tooth and nail before it looked like they may catch us at the end.
Meanwhile, the fans were going crazy, urging on the home team before Pottharst-Cook slammed home the winner.
"It was awesome to have been able to win the "Revenge Match" after waiting
for two years for this opportunity," Kerri said. "A lot of people said that our advantage in Sydney was the home crowd. So, now, after beating the great team of Adriana and Shelda on THEIR home ground in front of 1000's of their fans just proves that Natalie and I are still one of the strongest teams in the world and we are still getting better!" Pic: Remember this? Overcome with emotion, Pottharst and Cook collapse on the sand after winning the gold medal at Sydney 2000.

May and Walsh honored in New York
he world’s top-ranked beach volleyball team, Misty May and Kerri Walsh are in New York City on Oct. 21, to attend the Women’s Sports Foundation’s 23rd annual “Salute to Women in Sports” awards dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. May and Walsh, who were outstanding in the just completed FIVB World Tour season, are among the 21 finalists for the Sportswoman of the Year Award in the category "team" and were selected from more than 40 nominees for both categories combined. They won five titles, providing the thrills with their record-breaking winning streak in their first year as a team. Their worst event was a ninth finish and altogether they finished their 2002 campaign with 32 straight pool play wins, dropping only their first preliminary match of the season in June's event at Madrid, Spain. The Sportswoman of the Year Award recognizes the exceptional athletic performances and achievements of female athletes over a 12-month period (Aug. 1, 2001 – Aug. 4, 2002). Criteria are based on new records and world championships won during the period. Pic: May and Walsh after their win in Gstaad, Switzerland

Provisional Calendar announced for 2003
Lausanne, Switzerland, October 18, 2002 - The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Council and Permanent Committee have announced a provisional calendar of events for the 2003 World Tour season, with a total of 18 events and another 16 still under negotiation.
The 2003 season will be a landmark one for this new Olympic Discipline. Events from January 1, 2003 and up to July 11, 2004 count towards the Olympic Qualification process and a decision concerning the Olympic seeding system will be taken before the first event.
Major season's highlights include the Beach Volleyball World Championships on Copa Cabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a Grand Slam event in Los Angeles, USA.
"This will be a key season in the history of our sport's development looking forward to the Athens Olympics," said Angelo Squeo, FIVB Beach Volleyball Coordinator, adding that planned events in Greece would serve as valuable test events for the Olympics.
Events already provisionally scheduled are:
June 2003 (dates to be announced): Men's and women's events in Switzerland and Germany.
July 2003 (dates to be announced): Men's and women's events in Norway, men's event in Portugal, women's event in Greece.
August 2003 (dates to be announced): Men's and women's events in Japan, men's event in Poland and Greece; women's event in Indonesia
September 2003 (dates to be announced): Men's and women's event in USA
October 14-19, 2003: World Championship (men and women) in Brazil.
Other events under negotiation are in Australia, Austria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal (women's event), Sweden and Spain.
In other business, the FIVB offered their support to the delegation from Indonesia in the face of the recent terrorist attack and confirmed that they would stand by the event scheduled in that country for the 2003 season.
Another landmark decision by the World Council was to allow women who chose to take maternity leave from their professional sport the possibility of retaining 75% of their points earned within one year of the birth of their baby, and 50% of the points earned within two years of the birth of their baby. FIVB Beach Volleyball players pay equal prize money for men and women in their official competitions.

Marcio Araujo-Benjamin take
gold medal of the season

Fortaleza, Brazil, 6 October - Marcio Araujo-Benjamin Insfran won the 2002 FIVB final event on Sunday to capture their first gold medal this year. They defeated Americans Kevin Wong-Stein Metzger 2-0 (22-20, 21-16). The title here in Brazil earns Marcio-Benjamin the second place in the 2002 FIVB World Ranking.
The Brazilians overcame their shaky start and a five-point deficit to scramble back to take the first set. Then Wong lost concentration in the second set resulting in a string of unforced errors, which allowed the Brazilians to exert pressure to their advantage. ““We had our chances to win the match, but let it slip away,” said Metzger after the match.” More than 4,000 Beach aficionados supported their local heroes, dressed in colorful T-shirts, setting the perfect scene for the last final of the season. “We are very happy that we finally made gold and this in my hometown,” said a delighted Marcio Araujo.
Sunday's title match was the third meeting this season between the two teams. Marcio Araujo-Benjamin won the semifinal match in Switzerland while Metzger and Wong defeated the Brazilians in the final of the Portugal Open.
Earlier, the bronze medal went to Emanuel Rego-Ricardo Costa Santos as their match against compatriots Jefferson Bellaguarda- Dagoberto Dultra was forfeited, due to the muscle injury of Dultra. It is the second medal for Emanuel-Ricardo in their second tournament. Bellaguarda-Dultra had to qualify for the Main Draw and have won six straight matches this weekend, including a pool play victory over Swiss brothers Paul and Martin Laciga. Dagoberto Dultra was voted Speedo player of the tournament.
Wong-Metzger’s semifinal victory on Saturday also prevented the Brazilians from an opportunity to claim all three podium spots in the 2002 FIVB season finale, although Brazil remains the dominant nation in men’s Beach Volleyball booking 15 out of possible 30 medals this season.
The 2002 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour closes with the Fortaleza event, the 10th men’s tournament in nine different countries. Brazil has been hosting international Beach circuit events since 1992. A provisionary events calendar for the 2003 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will be released after the FIVB Beach Volleyball Council meets in Lausanne later in October.

Pic: Marcio Araujo-Benjamin (BRA) winner of the 2002 FIVB final event

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Baracetti-Conde take the
2002 FIVB World Ranking title

Argentina’s Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde on Sunday wrapped up the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour by being the leading men’s team of the season. Baracetti and Conde are also the current World Champions, a title they won at Klagenfurt, Austria in 2001. The pair topped the season’s rankings with 2,030 points. Brazilians Marcio Araujo-Benjamin Insfran finished second with 1,960 and Ricardo-Loiola with 1,820 points. Overall it was another dominant season for Brazil, which next year hosts the World Championships. Of the 30 medals up for grabs in FIVB international beach events this season, Brazil took the lion’s share with 15, followed by Europe with 6 and the USA with four. Baracetti-Conde were content to wrap up the season here in Fortaleza with a ninth place. “We know that we were a little bit lucky to be on top of the ranking, but we are very happy anyways. It’s a good feeling to win the World Title,” said Baracetti.
This year, in contrast to the women’s circuit, there were a number of winners on the podium, including five different Brazilian teams and Ricardo-Loiola played eight events together and finished third in the rankings as a team, even though they went their separate ways at the end of August.
Baracetti-Conde had a strong start into the season taking silver in Berlin, Germany and gold in Gstaad, Switzerland. Then Baracetti struggled with a shoulder injury and the team’s form dropped. In the final analysis, four fourth places, a ninth and fifth place were enough to give them the 2002 World Tour Title. “Our style of play is very different from the power play of the Brazilian teams, but we seem to be very successful with it,” said Baracetti. He praised his partner Martin Conde as one of the best defense players in the world. Asked if the team will be out to defend their World Championship Title next year, Baracetti answered, “Of course we will try, but it is not an easy task. In Klagenfurt we told ourselves it would be nice to win and we did. So maybe it works this way again.”
The new formation of Emanuel-Ricardo made their own mark with two bronze medals from two tournaments, indicating that they are a team to watch in the future. “We will take some weeks off after our national circuit finishes, but then we will start our training again. Next year we want to win the World Ranking and of course the World Championships title as well,” said Emanuel. “To a certain extent we have to learn how to play together. We have some any habits, which we are used to from playing with different partners, now we have to develop new habits and strategies to be more successful,” said Emanuel.
From the six European medals in this season, Alpine nation Switzerland took four, during a year that has seen a surge in the sport’s popularity in Europe generally. Swiss brothers Paul and Martin Laciga had a slow start to the season due to Martin’s injury problems, but they went on to win two consecutive tournaments, both in Spain. Compatriots Sascha Heyer-Markus Egger took the silver medal at the Grand Slam in Klagenfurt and Patrick Heuscher-Stefan Kobel won bronze in Norway. “Next year our overall goal is to win the World Championships title and we will train hard to reach this goal,” said Martin Laciga. Asked if he knows the secret of success for Swiss Beach Volleyball, Martin said, “My brother and for sure created more interest for the sport, but the final success of the teams is the result of hard work.”
Kevin Wong-Stein Metzger were the most successful Americans this season, taking gold in Portugal, two times bronze as well as one silver medal. “We can be very content with our season. Next year will be crucial as the Olympic qualification starts, but we are on the right track,” said Metzger. The other US teams struggled through the season, especially the Olympic champions from Sydney 2000, Dain Blanton and Carl Henkel, while Eric Fonoimoana and Dax Holdren also struggled to find their form. Blanton-Henkel recently announced they were splitting up and Henkel is now playing with Casey Jennings. Blanton’s future is yet undecided. Other strong performers for the USA were Todd Rogers-Sean Scott.
The newcomers of this season were certainly headed by Austrian pair of Nik Berger-Clemens Doppler. In their first season together, this young team finished in the top ten in the World Ranking. Berger is the former partner of Oliver Stamm, while Doppler turned professional this year and is already being named as among the players with the highest potential on the circuit. “He will be one of the top players in the coming years,” Paul Laciga said of the 21-year old Austrian. Italian Marco Solustri, a well-known identity on the circuit and a former Beach Player, coaches the squad. “We had a great season this year. Certainly much better than we expected it to be in our first year, but there is still a lot of work ahead of us,” said Solustri.
German pair of Markus Dieckmann-Jonas Reckermann were also among the up-and-coming teams. The two won the bronze medal at their home tournament in Berlin, Germany, as well as winning the European Championship title later in the season. They were sidelined in the latter part of the season after Dieckmann pulled a stomach muscle. Australians Andrew Schacht- Josh Slack also left their mark on this year’s World Tour in their inaugural season together, including a victory over compatriots and Beach veterans Julien Prosser-Leo Zahner. “We are very satisfied with our season as we didn’t know what to expect. We will work a lot to be even better next year,” said Slack.
Brazilians Roberto Lopes-Franco, the team with the most playing years together, finished their career this season and will appear with different partners on next year’s World Tour. “We are looking back on our great career, but now we’ve decided to go different ways,” said Franco. The team booked 34 medals in 90 FIVB tournaments and remained among the top teams until this year.
An African team will also join the 2003 Beach Circuit – Luis Manuel-Luis Miguel Xisto of Angola made their first appearance here in Fortaleza and intends to play the whole Tour next year. The team is very happy to finally being supported by their country. “For me is very important that the gap is now filled, as their was no African team on the World Tour so far. My intention is to promote my country and Beach Volleyball as best as I can,” said Xisto. Xisto has over 20 years of Volleyball experience, playing indoor in Portugal before turning to Beach. “ He plans to work hard with his partner with a view to qualifying for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Next season’s highlights will include a Grand Slam in Los Angeles, USA, as well as the World Championships in Rio de Janeiro. Events from January 1 will count towards the Olympic Qualification process.
Pic: World Title winners 2002: Mariano Baracetti-Martin Conde, ARG
Beach Volleyball World Tour-Women
Walsh-May take the 2002 World Tour title
The 2002 FIVB Women's Beach Volleyball World Tour drew to a close on Sunday, the end of a season of 11 events in ten different countries with the big 'Beach nations' USA and Brazil again taking the lion's share of the medals.
American teams, with season's winners Kerri Walsh and Misty May in the forefront took 16 medals, followed by Brazil with ten podiums. Walsh and May rounded up their excellent season with 3,070 points, followed by Adriana Behar-Shelda Bruno Bede with 2,740 and Australians Natalie Cook-Kerri Pottharst with 2,370.


What the coaches say about the 2002 Beach season:
Alemao of Greece 
Anderson of Australia
Marco of Brazil
Groenhuijzen of The Netherlands
Leticia of Brazil

2002 Women's Season Wrap Up (cont.)

Walsh and May led the way with five titles but Holly McPeak-Elaine Youngs captured four gold medals this season, while Adriana Behar-Shelda Bruno Bede of Brazil won twice.
But it was Walsh and May that provided the thrills with their record-breaking winning streak, playing their first complete World Tour as a team. Their worst event was a ninth finish and altogether they finished their 2002 campaign with 32 straight pool play wins, dropping only their first preliminary match of the season in June's event at Madrid, Spain.
But despite their focus on the international tour and their eyes on the Olympic gold at Athens 2004, Walsh-May still say that their play will improve even more for the coming years. "I think we still can improve everything and we certainly will," said Walsh. "But we are very happy and satisfied winning the trophy this year, we have reached our goal"," continued May.
Compatriots Holly McPeak-Elaine Youngs were close behind, finishing fourth in the World Ranking after taking part in only eight tournaments and winning 80 of 86 matches this season with eight titles. "I think Kerri and Misty and Elaine and me have been the most consistent teams this year. So it will be an interesting and tough season for everybody next year," said McPeak.
The number one Brazilian team, Adriana Behar-Shelda Bruno Bede stumbled on occasions and finished in second place for the first time since 1997. The dynamic duo were silver medallists at the Sydney 2000 Olympics and twice World Champions (1999 and 2001) and have won the season title the past five seasons.
"It was a tough season and we are still among the top teams and it's not over, next year we will be back to get the title again, " said the still determined Shelda.

Ranks comparison of the Top 3 teams over 2002

            Adriana Behar-Shelda  Walsh-May  Pottharst-Cook

Shelda and Adriana Behar played their first tournament together in November 1995, where they finished seventh. Since then they have played in 63 tournaments on the FIVB World Tour, winning 27, and placing first, second or third in an incredible 80 percent of World Tour events, a record for both men and women. The rumors that the team may split after some personal troubles this year, were laid to rest by their long-term coach Leticia, "That's impossible," she said.
Looking at other Brazilian teams, success-spoilt Sandra Pires had a tough season. Her new partner Leila Barros, a former indoor player, was playing her first beach season. The team finally finished in seventh position in the World Ranking leaving the question open if the twosome will stay together for next year. Compatriot Ana Paula delivered an amazing comeback after her one year baby break together with new partner Tatiana Minello. The team won two silver and two Bronze medals to rank fifth in the end. "We reached our goal finishing among the top five teams this year. So the goal for the next year is top three," said a visibly satisfied Ana Paula.
Australian Olympic Champions from Sydney 2000, Natalie Cook-Kerri Pottharst, have advanced to seven "final fours" in 10 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour events this season with six podium places. But the two Australians failed to capture a gold medal in two finals where they dropped title matches to McPeak-Youngs in Norway and Greece. For the Aussies the 2002 season ended ranked number three in the World, which is their best World Tour ranking ever, but still not quite what the team expected at the start of the season. "I guess we have to be happy with the season's result, although it's not quite what we wanted. So we set the goal to win the World title for next year again," said Pottharst. When asked if they intended to defend their Olympic Gold Medal in Athens 2004 they quickly answered "Absolutely".
The newcomers of this season were certainly the European teams headed by Dutch pair Marrit Leenstra-Rebekka Kadijik. The 'Oranjes' earned two fourth places in Japan and Greece, beating top teams like Walsh-May and Cook-Pottharst and finally ranked third. "We are very satisfied and happy with our results this year. I think that the hard training over the winter finally earned us those results," said Leenstra. Also Swiss pair Nicole Benoit-Simone Kuhn made an impressive advancement in the rankings from last year's 62nd place to number 19 this year. And finally Germans Stefanie Pohl-Okka Rau and Italian 2002 European Champions Lucilla Perrotta-Daniela Gattelli are among the teams to watch in the upcoming season, both teams finished in the top ten of the final World Ranking.
The 2002 season was not only the first season to break the Brazilian dominance but also one of changes in the rules and regulations of the game. The Rally Point System was introduced, the size of the courts was reduced to 8x16 meters and the pool play system replaced the double elimination format. There were some initial doubts, especially among the players, about the pool play format, but it finally worked out well. "The pool play system makes it much easier to schedule matches and know who plays against whom, and above all it demands from the top teams that they play well right from the start - as every match can be decisive, " explains Hinnerk Femerling, FIVB Technical Supervisor.
With the 2003 FIVB World Tour the qualification phase for the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 begins including a Grand Slam stop in Los Angeles, USA as well as World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, a season packed with excitement is pre-programmed.

Alemao, coach of Efi Sfyfri and Vasso Karadassiou, Greece:
"After my third year working with Efi and Vicky, this was our best season so far. The team got much more consistent in their play and found their way to the top. We will start to train again in November, probably playing a national tournament in Australia. What I recognized this season is that blocking is getting much more important on the beach. A lot of the players are very tall and that's one thing we will work on over the winter.
The team, which impressed me most this year, was certainly Marrit Leenstra-Rebekka Kadijk. This team did not only beat some of the top teams, but really improved concerning their level of skills. And of course Kerri and Misty were absolutely great this season. I think nobody expected them to be that good."

Steve Anderson, coach of Olympic Gold Medallist Natalie Cook-Kerri Pottharst, Australia:
"I am very happy with the consistent overall performance of Nat and Kerri. But of course it is our mentality that we always want to do better. Our goal was to be the number one team at the end of the season and although we played some of our best Volleyball we have to be happy with the third place.
The team, which impressed me the most this season, was certainly Misty-Kerri. This team is still very young, but they played a very consistent Volleyball, have enormous skills and an exceptional ball control. Brazilians Adriana-Shelda are also an exception for me. They are still on top after seven years of partnership, that's absolutely amazing. But the most outstanding player in my eyes, was Ana Paula with her partner Tatiana Minello. She improved her skills enormously being now solid all the way and the team achieved some good results in their first season together. But generally I recognized that all players picked up compared to the last years and a lot of teams have the potential to get through to the top."

Marco, coach of Ana Paula-Tatiana Minello, Brazil
"We had a very good season, finishing fifth in the World Ranking and this only our first year. We kind of expected it to be like that, but in the end we are still very happy.
For me the best team on the World Tour this year was Holly McPeak-Elaine Youngs, they seem to be the most difficult team to play against, but of course also Kerri and Misty showed their skills."

Caspar Groenhuijzen, coach of Marrit Leenstra-Rebekka Kadijk, The Netherlands
"Last year was the first beach year for Marrit and Rebekka and we didn't have any expectations at all. This year the cards changed and suddenly more pressure was on the girls, but they did fantastic and learnt to deal with the pressure very well. The hard work we did during the winter also showed its success.
For me of course Kerri and Misty have been the team of the season, they showed so much consistency having only one ninth place, when they lost against us. But some of the European teams as well as the Australian teams are on their way up the top. I think that those teams have for sure the technical skills, but its still lacking the mental toughness to deliver more upsets of Brazilian and US-squads."

Leticia, coach of Adriana Behar-Shelda Bruno Bede, Brazil:
It was the first time this year that Adriana-Shelda did not win the World Title since 1997.
"We think that our season was very good this year. We cannot win everything and therefore we decided at the beginning of the season to not train as intense as we do it usually. Next year will be a very important year for us, as we have to defend the World Champion title in our home country and the qualifying for the Olympic Games starts.
Generally speaking I must say, that the skill level among all the teams improved very much compared to the last years. It is now much harder to win a tournament and we always have to give our best."


McPeak and Youngs take last gold of season
McPeak and Youngs steal the final event from rivals Walsh-May

Vitória, Brazil, September 22 – Americans Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs won the 2002 FIVB final event on Sunday to capture their fourth gold medal this year. They defeated compatriots and World Tour title winners Kerri Walsh and Misty May 2-1 (21-13, 19-21, 15-10). The title here in Brazil earns McPeak-Youngs the fourth place in the 2002 FIVB World Ranking.

Both teams started the match nervously and both made uncharacteristic errors, but it was McPeak-Youngs who overcame their shaky start and made short work of the first set.
Walsh-May then fought back to secure the second but succumbed in the decider, admitting that they had made too many mistakes. “Of course this silver medal is a little setback, but overall we are very proud about finishing number one this year,” said Walsh.

Pic: Holly McPeak, Player of the Tournament

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FIVB and AVP reach historical agreement
Beach Volleyball World Tour “goes USA” in 2003; World Championships in 2005.

Buenos Aires, Argentina - Sept 18, 2002 – The FIVB and AVP have reached an agreement where the AVP will promote a series of “major” FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour events in the USA including a World Tour “Grand Slam” event in 2003, followed by two “Grand Slam” events in 2004, FIVB officials have announced. The AVP will also promote the 2005 Beach Volleyball World Championships in the USA, which will be the sport’s richest event ever with at least US $800,000 prize money.
The announcement was made in Argentina just prior to the 28th FIVB World Congress  *Sept 21-23)
the announcement was made in the Argentine capital just prior to the 28th FIVB World congress (Sept. 21-23)
“This is a landmark agreement involving unprecedented cooperation between FIVB and AVP by bringing Major Olympic Qualifying Events to the US in 2003 and 2004 as well as the World Championships in 2005”, said Dr. Rubén Acosta, FIVB President.
Leonard Armato, AVP President and Commissioner, said he was looking forward to staging top class tournaments that would pay tribute to what has become the fastest growing summer sport.
“This agreement between FIVB and AVP connects our expanding AVP Tour with the new world order in beach volleyball. Not only will we coordinate a global calendar between the AVP Tour and the FIVB World Tour, but AVP will promote a series of Grand Slam Olympic qualifying events in the USA leading up to the 2004 Olympic Games and following the Olympics, in 2005, the AVP will bring the World Championships back to Los Angeles wher it was last held in 1997,” Amarto said.
With this agreement, the AVP has recognized the FIVB as the international governing body for Volleyball and Beach Volleyball and the FIVB has recognized the AVP as the official tour of the USA. Both organizations agree that AVP players in good standing are eligible to participate in events of either Tour under an orderly system designed to support both the AVP Tour and FIVB World Tour. The FIVB and AVP Tours will therefore remain “open tours” and both organizations have pledged to respect each other’s activities and will work together to avoid clashes of main events on their calendars. They will also cooperate to try to enhance television exposure in the USA. The FIVB and Mr. Armato are also discussing the possibility of staging additional events in the USA, such as charity events, Junior World Championships and others.
“Beach Volleyball has come of age and is enjoying a boom in popularity in many countries. We look forward to working closely with the AVP to promote major events in the USA,” said Angelo Squeo, FIVB Beach Volleyball Coordinator. Squeo said the agreement would open tremendous opportunities for athletes, sponsors, media and broadcasters.
Beach Volleyball was born on the beaches of California in the late 1920’s and has been a full Olympic discipline since 1996.

Historical moment on video


Gold for Laciga Brothers at Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, Spain, September 8 -Swiss brothers Paul and Martin Laciga won the 2002 FIVB Mallorca Open to capture their second title this year by wiping out Brazilians Marcio Araujo-Benjamin 2-0 (21-17, 27-25). 
The match was a tough battle with neither team willing to concede at point. "It was a very hard match. I was already very tired," said Paul Laciga. The match was an emotional experience on both sides of the net and offered the capacity crowd some great rallies. Martin Laciga delivered an outstanding performance, for which he was voted Speedo player of the tournament.
Earlier, the Bronze medal went to another Brazilian pair Emanuel-Ricardo who defeated compatriots Para-Harley 2-0 (21-15, 24-22). "I am very proud of us," said Emanuel and continued "Two individualists found together in good team!" It is the first medal for Emanuel-Ricardo in their first tournament. this was a good tournament for Brazilian players who took four out of possible six medals and underlined their dominance on the international circuit. 
On Saturday Adriana Behar and Shelda Bruno Bede won the women's tournament, beating Americans Kerri Walsh and Misty May in an action packed match 2-1 (21-13, 17-21, 16-14). The Bronze medal went to another Brazilian pair Ana Paula-Tatiana Minello who knocked out Czech duo Eva Celbova- Sonia Dosoudilova 2-0 (21-10, 21-19). 
 Pic: Gold for Paula and Martin Laciga of Switzerland
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Greece celebrates a great Under 18 Championship
Xylokastro, Greece, Sept 1, 2002 - Hot times for Brazilian boys and Dutch girls at the FIVB Under-18 World Championships on Sunday when Pedro Salgado and Ian borges and Sanne Keizer- Arjanne Stevens walked away with the titles. Germany picked up silver and bronze in the women's competitons and Greece, with Andreas Gortisanouk and Theodoris Papadimitru (see pic) won the silver medal. Russians Rouslan Daynov - Yaroslav Koshkarev
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Stars of the future celebrate  at
U-18 World Championship in Xylokastro
Michaela meets the future Beach Volleyball stars in Xylokastro:
- Luis Torres
- Carolina and Pedro Salgado
- Andreas Gortsianouk

- Kerri Olding & Amy Weemes
- Pavel Kolar
- Sanne Keizer & Arjanne Stevens
Who's ahead in the 2002 Beach Volleyball World Rankings? (As of Aug.29)
1 Ricardo-Loiola
2 Baracetti-Conde
3 Emanuel-Tande
1 Walsh-May
2 Adriana Behar-Shelda
3 Pottharst-Cook
Season 2002
Women's Open in Maoming Satellite in Lausanne
Men's Open in Cadiz Women's Open in OSAKA
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FIVB 2003 Beach Volleyball World Championship
October dates set for Copa Cabana Beach

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, August 27, 2002 – Dates have now been fixed for the much-awaited 2003 Beach Volleyball World Championship, to be held on the fabulous Copa Cabana Beach in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.

The Championship has been fixed for October 14-19, 2003, a date approved by host broadcasters of the event, Brazil’s TV Globo.

“We are very glad to fix the dates for the 2003 Championship, which will certainly be our most important event next season,” said Angelo Squeo, FIVB Beach Volleyball Coordinator.

The Championship, returns to the “spiritual home” of Beach Volleyball in a year in which tournaments count towards the all-important Olympic qualification process.

Brazil produces some of the best Beach Volleyballers in the world and organizers have already promised an event to cap the success of the last Championship held in Klagenfurt, Austria in 2001, when Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde of Argentina won the men’s title from Brazilians Ricardo and Loiola (Alex “Ricardo” Costa Santos and José Geraldo Loiola), while Adriana Behar and “Shelda” Bruno Beda defeated Sandra Pires and Tatiana Minello in an all Brazilian final for the women’s title

Leading Brazilian men change partners
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 27 - In a surprise move, the leading Brazilian men’s Beach Volleyball teams have changed partners in the closing stages of the current season, citing longer term plans to prepare in their new combinations for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the Brazilian Volleyball Federation has advised the FIVB.

The season’s top male combination of Ricardo and Loiola (Alex “Ricardo” Costa Santos and José Gerlado Loiola), who lead the rankings with 1,820 points, and third-placed Emanuel-Tande (Emanuel Rego and Alexandre “Tande’ Samuel Ramos) are reshuffling the cards and will play the last two events of the 2002 season as Tande-Loiola and Emanuel-Ricardo.

Ricardo and Loiola will now forfeit the Speedo “gold shirts” as season’s leaders, which will go to second-placed Mariano Baracetti and Martin Alejo Conde of Argentina, the current World Champions. Likewise, the Speedo “silver shirts” for second place will revert to the Canadian team John Child and Mark Heese, however as eight of the 10 of the season’s World Tour stops have now be played, Ricardo-Loyola and Emanuel-Tande will continue to appear as teams on the season’s rankings. With another 600 points up for grabs (300 for a win of each of the final two events in Mallorca, Spain and Fortaleza, Brazil) is now theoretically possible for a number of the top ten teams to unseat the leaders and steal the honor of being the season’s winners.

Baracetti-Conde triumph again
Graz, Austria
, 29 June - Tired but happy, Mono Baracetti and Martin Conde continued their love affair with Austria and Beach Volleyball when they won the inaugural Beach Volleyball World Trophy here in the heart of Austria. The pair won their World Championship title last summer at the FIVB World Championship in Klagenfurt in the south of Austria, when 102,000 people watched the five-day tournament.

Beach Volleyball goes for the "Jump Serve" in Egypt Intent on increasing the number of Beach Volleyball players in their country, the Egyptian Federation has announced the establishment of the first national Beach Volleyball League, which will commence in July..
The competition will be held in four different cities. Alexandria will host the first round, Domiat for the second, Port Said for third round and the capital of Cairo for the fourth round.
The champion will be the team that secures the best result over the four events, which will finish on August 16. 
All clubs in the Egyptian Volleyball League, and the Under-21 League will enter teams in the series.

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 NEWS: Leading Brazilian men change partners

Lausanne, Switzerland, August 27 - In a surprise move, the leading Brazilian men’s Beach Volleyball teams have changed partners in the closing stages of the current season.
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FIVB 2003 Beach Volleyball World Championship
Dates have now been fixed for the much-awaited 2003 Beach Volleyball World Championship, to be held on the fabulous Copa Cabana Beach in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. More...


Diminutive Brazilian Shelda Bruno Bede of Brazil may be small, but her impact on the FIVB Beach Volleyball Circuit is larger than life. The 29-year-old and her partner Adriana Behar are superb athletes who have been making a double imprint on the sport since the mid-1990's.



The Women’s Beach Volleyball circuit features not only outstanding athletes but also a number of new mums.
Pic Caption: Laura Bruscini with her daughter


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Dates confirmed for 2003 Beach Volleyball World Championship

The 2003 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships are to be held October 14-19, 2003 on the one of the world's most famous beaches - Rio de Janeiro's amazing Copacabana, the President of the Brazilian Volleyball Federation has confirmed.

Greece and Italy to host 

2002 Beach Volleyball Junior World Championships


19 Feb 2002 - Greece and Italy have been chosen to host the Men's and Women's 2002 FIVB Beach Volleyball Junior World Championships this summer. “These events are perfect for grooming future champions for the Beach Volleyball World Tour and we are very excited about this announcement,” said FIVB Beach Volleyball Coordinator, Angelo Squeo.

Beach Volleyball World Championship 

Wins 'Best Event of 2001'

A popular Austrian magazine has voted last year's FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Klagenfurt, Austria, as the country's most successful sport event for 2001.

Pottharst becomes Player's Representative as Silva takes on Children's Project
Two of Beach Volleyball's greatest players, Brazil's Jackie Silva and Kerri-Ann Pottharst of Australia have both decided to make special contributions to their sport. Jack Silva has launched a special program in Rio de Janeiro to help integrate children and prevent the use of drugs and Kerri-Ann Pottharst has agreed to become the official women players' representative on the FIVB beach Volleyball Permanent Committee.  Full Story

Teams of the Decade
Sinjin Smith & Randy Stokles, José Loiola and Emanuel Rego, Jacqueline Silva and Sandra Pires and Kerri Pottharst and Natalie Cook were awarded the Best Beach Volleyball teams of the last decade at Gala dinners in Berlin and Buenos Aires. Karch Kiraly was awarded the Volleyballer of the Century.
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