FIVB Women's Beach - Vasto, Italy - July 1-5, 1998

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SCHEDULE

    EVENT SCHEDULE
      Friday     
      26 June    Arrival of the FIVB Technical Supervisor
      
      Monday    
      29 June    Arrival of the FIVB Refereeing Delegate and International Referees
      
      Tuesday
      30 June    Arrival of Qualification Tournament teams.
                 9:00a.m. Referees Clinic
                 8:00p.m. Preliminary Inquiry and Technical Meeting at Hotel Montecarlo for Qualification Tournment teams (mandatory attendance)
      
      Wednsday
      1 July     Qualification Tournament 
      
      Thursday
      2 July     Qualification Tournament 
                 Arrival of Main Draw teams 
                 8:00p.m. Preliminary Inquiry and Technical Meeting at Hotel Montecarlo for Main Draw teams (mandatory attendance)
      
      Friday
      3 July     Main Draw (40 matches)
                 Departure of players not qualified for the Main Draw
      
     Saturday
      4 July     Main Draw (18 matches)
      
     Sunday
      5 July     Semifinals & Finals (4 matches)
      
     Monday 
      6 July     Departure of players, officials and referees.
    

PRESS RELEASES

    FIVB
    Vasto, Italy Open - 2nd July

    Today was the second day of the Omnitel Cup, the Italian leg of womens World Tour. During the end of the qualification tournament, twelve matches were play ed and eight teams made it into the main draw. The teams that qualified today ar e: Gooley-Sanderson(AUS), Stovickova-Felbabova(CZE), Glover-Cooper(ENG), Karadas siou-Sfyri(GRE), Laura Leticia-Galindo(MEX), Byberrg-Larsen(NOR), Benoit-Schlaef li(SUI), Wood-Blomquist(USA). Out of the tournament the Italians teams Marini-Fo lco, the Romano sisters, Sesti-Gavio anf Gizzi-Aondio, so there will be four I talian teams present in the main draw: Perrotta-Gattelli, Bruschini-Solazzi, De Marinis-Nascimento, Maran-Parenzan.

    Even today, following yesterdays excellent start, there was a great atmosphe re in Vasto. The temperature set a new record reaching 43C, with strong cross winds which rendered play very difficult. The crowds, exceeding 1200 people thr oughout the day, created an exciting frame for the tournament.

    The match Marini-Folco (ITA)vs Benoit-Schaefli (SUI) 14-16 the last of the qu alification tournament was very much appreciated as was the match Wood-Blomquis t (USA)vs Davis-Jordan(USA) 15-13 . The surprise match Fink-Oigman(ISR) vs Ferre r-Blanco (CUB) caused great sensation due to the victory of the Israeli team. Fi nk-Oigman, at their first appearance on the beach volleyball circuit, were losin g 11-1 and managed to come back incredibly, finally winning with the score of 15 -13.

    The matches of the main draw will begin tomorrow morning at 8 am, instead of the usual 9am, because in the afternoon there will be the important football m atch Italy vs France, valid for the quarter finals of the World Cup.

    Starting yesterday, the top seeded players of the tournament started arriving to Vasto, players like:Behar-Shelda, Adriana Samuel-Sandra, Jackie-Monica, Arce -McPeak, Fontana-Halley, Manser-Pottharst.

    Tim Simmons, Thu, 2 Jul 1998
    VASTO, ITALY - Krista Blomquist and Ali Wood of the United States advanced to the main draw for this weekend's FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event by winning two matches here Thursday (July 2).

    Blomquist and Wood, who also won two matches Wednesday during the opening day of qualifying for the third FIVB women's beach event of 1998, advanced with a 15-13 win over Annett Davis and Jenny Jordan of the United States. The 54-minute playoff match determined the fifth USA entry in this weekend's event.

    Blomquist and Wood advanced to the playoff match with a 15-6 win over Audrey Cooper and Amanda Glover from England. Davis and Jordan downed Karadassiou and Sfyri of Greece 15-9.

    Thursday's playoff win earned Blomquist and Wood their first main draw event of the 1998 season. The pair just missed qualifying for June's Toronto event (17-21) after dropping two of three qualifying matches to United States rivals Karolyn Kirby and Liz Masakayan (7-15, 15-12 and 3-15).

    Blomquist was also eliminated from a main draw berth in the first 1998 event in Brazil (February 26-March 1) as she and Christine Schaefer dropped a 15-11 playoff match.

    FIVB
    Vasto, Italy Open - 1st July
    Today was the first day of the Omnitel Cup, the Italian leg of the women's World Tour. Forty-two teams were present for the two day qualification tournament. Sixty the matches were played today f the Italians played well. Marini-Folco (ITA) came to the end of first day without being defeated and have a good chance to take part in the main draw which will start from Friday 3rd July. Italians still competing in the losers' bracket are: the sisters Romano, Sesti-Gavio and Gizzi.Aondio. There was a great atmosphere in Vasto and a record temperature, 40 C with crows exceeding 1500 people during the day. The play of the Italians, the Cubans and the team from New Zealand was appreciated. Due to the extreme heat the players consumed over 1,200 bottles of water and many Kg. of fresh fruit. The matches continued until 8 pm due to the large number of teams competing. The matches of the qualification tournament will start tomorrow morning at 9 am. There was extensive media coverage of the Omnitel Cup including: Both national and regional newspapers like Gazzetta dello Sport, Il Messaggero, Il Tempo, il Centro and Radio RAI2. The national network RAI has already broadcast some images of Vasto at 6.30 pm during the television news on Channel 2 and further comments were broadcast on RAI3 at 7.45 pm and 10.45 pm.


RESULTS

    QUALIFICATION TOURNAMENT (01-02 July)

    Rk. Players Country Points Prize (US$) Bonus (US$)
    Q Gooley-Sanderson AUS AUS      
    Stovickova-Felbabova CZE CZE      
    Glover-Cooper ENG ENG      
    Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE GRE      
    Laura Leticia-Galindo MEX MEX      
    Byberg-Larsen NOR NOR      
    Benoît-Schlaefli SUI SUI      
    Wood-Blomquist USA USA      
    33 Barry-Goodfellow CAN CAN 28    
    Marini-Folco ITA ITA 28    
    Mayra-Laura A. MEX MEX 28    
    Annett Davis-Jenny Jordan USA USA 28    
    37 Svarcova-Urbanova CZE CZE 20    
    Fink-Oigman ISR ISR 20    
    Gavio-Sesti ITA ITA 20    
    Nakano-Tsuchiya JPN JPN 20    
    41 Gougeon-Gerochristodoulou CAN CAN 14    
    Ferrer-Blanco CUB CUB 14    
    Rigaux-Prawerman FRA FRA 14    
    Pohl-Stoof GER GER 14    
    Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN JPN 14    
    Erlandsen-Kateraas NOR NOR 14    
    Stojanovic-Fake NZL NZL 14    
    Enberg-Granström SWE SWE 14    
    49 Hupfauf-Derflinger AUT AUT 6    
    Deforce-Duyck BEL BEL 6    
    Larrea Peraza-Quevedo CUB CUB 6    
    Gally-Picard FRA FRA 6    
    Francesca Romano-Silvia Romano ITA ITA 6    
    Gizzi-Aondio ITA ITA 6    
    Artnik-Legac SLO SLO 6    
    Chiaradia-Fontana SUI SUI 6    
    57 Basagic-Swoboda AUT AUT 4    
    Haschka-Meissinger AUT AUT 4    
    Montagnolli-Gaksch AUT AUT 4    
    Münchmeyer-Mellitzer AUT AUT 4    
    Kalaydjieva-Alexandrova BUL BUL 4    
    Horackova A.-Horackova Z. CZE CZE 4    
    Cordinnier C.-Cordinnier Ch. FRA FRA 4    
    Grimaldi-Minunni ITA ITA 4    
    Kontvainiene-Uleviciute LTU LTU 4    
    Lukoseviciute-Baksyte LTU LTU 4    

    Vasto, Italy Open - QUALIFICATION RESULTS

    No. Date Team A Team B Result Time
    Round 1
    1   Wood-Blomquist USA Bye    
    2 01 Jul Francesca Romano-Silvia Romano ITA Grimaldi-Minunni ITA 15-9 0.33
    3   Erlandsen-Kateraas NOR Bye    
    4   Bye Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN    
    5   Nakano-Tsuchiya JPN Bye    
    6 01 Jul Fink-Oigman ISR Svarcova-Urbanova CZE 13-15 0.35
    7 01 Jul Münchmeyer-Mellitzer AUT Basagic-Swoboda AUT 15-9 0.28
    8   Bye Glover-Cooper ENG    
    9   Barry-Goodfellow CAN Bye    
    10 01 Jul Ferrer-Blanco CUB Haschka-Meissinger AUT 15-8 0.25
    11   Horackova A.-Horackova Z. CZE Bye    
    12   Bye Marini-Folco ITA    
    13   Byberg-Larsen NOR Bye    
    14   Bye Larrea Peraza-Quevedo CUB    
    15 01 Jul Artnik-Legac SLO Gavio-Sesti ITA 10-15 0.27
    16   Bye Rigaux-Prawerman FRA    
    17   Mayra-Laura A. MEX Bye    
    18 01 Jul Kontvainiene-Uleviciute LTU Stovickova-Felbabova CZE 5-15 0.25
    19   Enberg-Granström SWE Bye    
    20   Bye Chiaradia-Fontana SUI    
    21   Laura Leticia-Galindo MEX Bye    
    22   Bye Cordinnier C.-Cordinnier Ch. FRA    
    23 01 Jul Hupfauf-Derflinger AUT Deforce-Duyck BEL 9-15 0.27
    24   Bye Gougeon-Gerochristodoulou CAN    
    25   Stojanovic-Fake NZL Bye    
    26 01 Jul Kalaydjieva-Alexandrova BUL Gizzi-Aondio ITA 8-15 0.37
    27 01 Jul Gally-Picard FRA Pohl-Stoof GER 9-15 0.40
    28   Bye Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE    
    29   Benoît-Schlaefli SUI Bye    
    30   Bye Annett Davis-Jenny Jordan USA    
    31 01 Jul Lukoseviciute-Baksyte LTU Montagnolli-Gaksch AUT 15-13 0.34
    32   Bye Gooley-Sanderson AUS    
    Round 2
    33 01 Jul Wood-Blomquist USA Francesca Romano-Silvia Romano ITA 15-2 0.26
    34 01 Jul Erlandsen-Kateraas NOR Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN 15-9 0.33
    35 01 Jul Nakano-Tsuchiya JPN Svarcova-Urbanova CZE 13-15 0.35
    36 01 Jul Münchmeyer-Mellitzer AUT Glover-Cooper ENG 3-15 0.35
    37 01 Jul Barry-Goodfellow CAN Ferrer-Blanco CUB 7-15 0.41
    38 01 Jul Horackova A.-Horackova Z. CZE Marini-Folco ITA 9-15 0.33
    39 01 Jul Byberg-Larsen NOR Larrea Peraza-Quevedo CUB 15-6 0.43
    40 01 Jul Gavio-Sesti ITA Rigaux-Prawerman FRA 5-15 0.38
    41 01 Jul Mayra-Laura A. MEX Stovickova-Felbabova CZE 7-15 0.35
    42 01 Jul Enberg-Granström SWE Chiaradia-Fontana SUI 15-9 0.35
    43 01 Jul Laura Leticia-Galindo MEX Cordinnier C.-Cordinnier Ch. FRA 15-2 0.20
    44 01 Jul Deforce-Duyck BEL Gougeon-Gerochristodoulou CAN 8-15 0.31
    45 01 Jul Stojanovic-Fake NZL Gizzi-Aondio ITA 15-4 0.25
    46 01 Jul Pohl-Stoof GER Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE 10-15 0.52
    47 01 Jul Benoît-Schlaefli SUI Annett Davis-Jenny Jordan USA 10-15 0.36
    48 01 Jul Lukoseviciute-Baksyte LTU Gooley-Sanderson AUS 3-15 0.22
     
    49   Bye Kontvainiene-Uleviciute LTU    
    50   Bye Bye    
    51   Bye Bye    
    52   Hupfauf-Derflinger AUT Bye    
    53   Bye Kalaydjieva-Alexandrova BUL    
    54   Gally-Picard FRA Bye    
    55   Bye Bye    
    56   Montagnolli-Gaksch AUT Bye    
    57   Bye Grimaldi-Minunni ITA    
    58   Bye Bye    
    59   Bye Fink-Oigman ISR    
    60   Basagic-Swoboda AUT Bye    
    61   Bye Haschka-Meissinger AUT    
    62   Bye Bye    
    63   Bye Bye    
    64   Artnik-Legac SLO Bye    
     
    65 01 Jul Kontvainiene-Uleviciute LTU Francesca Romano-Silvia Romano ITA 7-15 0.20
    66   Bye Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN    
    67   Bye Nakano-Tsuchiya JPN    
    68 01 Jul Hupfauf-Derflinger AUT Münchmeyer-Mellitzer AUT 15-8 0.24
    69 01 Jul Kalaydjieva-Alexandrova BUL Barry-Goodfellow CAN 4-15 0.20
    70 01 Jul Gally-Picard FRA Horackova A.-Horackova Z. CZE 15-11 0.25
    71   Bye Larrea Peraza-Quevedo CUB    
    72 01 Jul Montagnolli-Gaksch AUT Gavio-Sesti ITA 6-15 0.25
    73 01 Jul Grimaldi-Minunni ITA Mayra-Laura A. MEX 14-16 1.00
    74   Bye Chiaradia-Fontana SUI    
    75 01 Jul Fink-Oigman ISR Cordinnier C.-Cordinnier Ch. FRA 15-0 0.20
    76 01 Jul Basagic-Swoboda AUT Deforce-Duyck BEL 13-15 0.25
    77 01 Jul Haschka-Meissinger AUT Gizzi-Aondio ITA 11-15 0.35
    78   Bye Pohl-Stoof GER    
    79   Bye Benoît-Schlaefli SUI    
    80 01 Jul Artnik-Legac SLO Lukoseviciute-Baksyte LTU 15-8 0.25
    Round 3
    81 01 Jul Wood-Blomquist USA Erlandsen-Kateraas NOR 15-4 0.40
    82 01 Jul Svarcova-Urbanova CZE Glover-Cooper ENG 11-15 0.40
    83 01 Jul Ferrer-Blanco CUB Marini-Folco ITA 7-15 0.30
    84 01 Jul Byberg-Larsen NOR Rigaux-Prawerman FRA 15-11 0.40
    85 01 Jul Stovickova-Felbabova CZE Enberg-Granström SWE 15-10 0.35
    86 01 Jul Laura Leticia-Galindo MEX Gougeon-Gerochristodoulou CAN 15-11 0.35
    87 01 Jul Stojanovic-Fake NZL Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE 16-17 1.01
    88 01 Jul Annett Davis-Jenny Jordan USA Gooley-Sanderson AUS 15-7 0.38
    Loser are ranked 49th
    89 01 Jul Francesca Romano-Silvia Romano ITA Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN 3-15 0.20
    90 01 Jul Nakano-Tsuchiya JPN Hupfauf-Derflinger AUT 15-7 0.30
    91 01 Jul Barry-Goodfellow CAN Gally-Picard FRA 15-6 0.32
    92 01 Jul Larrea Peraza-Quevedo CUB Gavio-Sesti ITA 8-15 0.40
    93 01 Jul Mayra-Laura A. MEX Chiaradia-Fontana SUI 15-7 0.36
    94 01 Jul Fink-Oigman ISR Deforce-Duyck BEL 15-11 0.35
    95 01 Jul Gizzi-Aondio ITA Pohl-Stoof GER 12-15 0.30
    96 01 Jul Benoît-Schlaefli SUI Artnik-Legac SLO 15-8 0.20
    Loser are ranked 41th
    97 01 Jul Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN Gooley-Sanderson AUS 3-15 0.20
    98 01 Jul Nakano-Tsuchiya JPN Stojanovic-Fake NZL 16-14 0.58
    99 01 Jul Barry-Goodfellow CAN Gougeon-Gerochristodoulou CAN 15-9 0.25
    100 01 Jul Gavio-Sesti ITA Enberg-Granström SWE 15-9 0.35
    101 01 Jul Mayra-Laura A. MEX Rigaux-Prawerman FRA 15-8 0.32
    102 01 Jul Fink-Oigman ISR Ferrer-Blanco CUB 15-13 0.33
    103 01 Jul Pohl-Stoof GER Svarcova-Urbanova CZE 16-17 0.50
    104 01 Jul Benoît-Schlaefli SUI Erlandsen-Kateraas NOR 15-3 0.25
    Round 4
    105 02 Jul Wood-Blomquist USA Glover-Cooper ENG 15-6 0.30
    106 02 Jul Marini-Folco ITA Byberg-Larsen NOR 4-15 0.25
    107 02 Jul Stovickova-Felbabova CZE Laura Leticia-Galindo MEX 12-15 0.30
    108 02 Jul Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE Annett Davis-Jenny Jordan USA 9-15 0.37
    Loser are ranked 37th
    109 02 Jul Gooley-Sanderson AUS Nakano-Tsuchiya JPN 15-4 0.25
    110 02 Jul Barry-Goodfellow CAN Gavio-Sesti ITA 15-12 0.35
    111 02 Jul Mayra-Laura A. MEX Fink-Oigman ISR 15-2 0.23
    112 02 Jul Svarcova-Urbanova CZE Benoît-Schlaefli SUI 9-15 0.28
    Loser are ranked 33th
    113 02 Jul Gooley-Sanderson AUS Marini-Folco ITA 15-4 0.25
    114 02 Jul Barry-Goodfellow CAN Glover-Cooper ENG 12-15 0.38
    115 02 Jul Mayra-Laura A. MEX Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE 6-15 0.34
    116 02 Jul Benoît-Schlaefli SUI Stovickova-Felbabova CZE 12-15 0.26
    Playoff
    117 02 Jul Annett Davis-Jenny Jordan USA Wood-Blomquist USA 13-15 0.54
    118 02 Jul Barry-Goodfellow CAN Marini-Folco ITA 6-15 0.24
    119 02 Jul Benoît-Schlaefli SUI Mayra-Laura A. MEX 15-7 0.30
    120 02 Jul Marini-Folco ITA Benoît-Schlaefli SUI 14-16 0.51

PARTICIPATING TEAMS

    Vasto, Italy Open, 03-05 July 1998

    The Participating Teams

    Main Draw (03-05 July )

    Pos. Team name Ctry. Points Seed
    1 Adriana Behar-Shelda BRA 1.982 2,20
    2 Adriana Samuel-Sandra Pires BRA 1.591 2,90
    3 McPeak-Arce USA 1.516 3,40
    4 Jackie Silva-Mônica BRA 1.591 3,70
    5 Gooley-Sanderson AUS 70 5,50
    6 Fontana-Hanley USA 804 5,82
    7 Masakayan-Kirby USA 782 6,50
    8 Manser-Pottharst AUS 1.038 7,80
    9 Bruschini-Solazzi ITA 826 12,60
    10 Gattelli-Perrotta ITA 454 10,20
    11 Reno-Youngs USA 804 8,10
    12 Dosoudilova-Celbova CZE 800 10,20
    13 Cook-Fenwick AUS 858 10,80
    14 Wood-Blomquist USA 287 11,00
    15 Schoon Kadijk D.-Kadijk R. NED 582 11,80
    16 Tough-Dumont CAN 482 13,80
    17 Schmidt-Staub GER 222 14,33
    18 Hudcova-Tobiasova CZE 482 14,60
    19 Huygens Tholen-Straton AUS 408 16,00
    20 Maria José-Cristina Pereira POR 410 16,20
    21 Takahashi-Teru Saiki JPN 466 16,60
    22 Maran-Parenzan ITA 108 17,00
    23 Byberg-Larsen NOR 56 17,00
    24 Nascimento-De Marinis ITA 508 17,80
    25 Ishizaka-Rii Seike JPN 249 19,40
    26 Joergensen-Sommer DEN 264 21,80
    27 Drakich-Russo CAN 292 22,60
    28 Glover-Cooper ENG 87 23,50
    29 Benoît-Schlaefli SUI 21 25,00
    30 Laura Leticia-Galindo MEX 62 25,50
    31 Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE 74 26,00
    32 Stovickova-Felbabova CZE   26,00

    Plus eight teams qualifying through the QT
    Notes: - points are as per standings in the World Ranking on entry date - exact seed of each team will be communicated in theTechnical Meeting

    Qualification Tournament (01-02 July )

    Pos. Team name Ctry. Points Seed
    1 Wood-Blomquist USA 287 315
    2 Gooley-Sanderson AUS 70 274
    3 Mayra-Laura A. MEX 186 254
    4 Rigaux-Prawerman FRA 93 161
    5 Barry-Goodfellow CAN 155 159
    6 Gougeon-Gerochristodoulou CAN 86 120
    7 Stojanovic-Fake NZL 114 114
    8 Glover-Cooper ENG 87 107
    9 Nakano-Tsuchiya JPN 102 102
    10 Karadassiou-Sfyri GRE 74 88
    11 Laura Leticia-Galindo MEX 62 82
    12 Marini-Folco ITA 58 72
    13 Byberg-Larsen NOR 56 70
    14 Chiaradia-Fontana SUI 48 62
    15 Benoît-Schlaefli SUI 21 55
    16 Tokuno-Kusuhara JPN 40 54
    17 Erlandsen-Kateraas NOR 28 42
    18 Annett Davis-Jenny Jordan USA 40 40
    19 Enberg-Granström SWE   34
    20 Larrea Peraza-Quevedo CUB   34
    21 Horackova A.-Horackova Z. CZE 15 21
    22 Cordinnier C.-Cordinnier Ch. FRA 8 8
    23 Gally-Picard FRA 8 8
    24 Svarcova-Urbanova CZE 7 7
    25 Münchmeyer-Mellitzer AUT 4 6
    26 Gizzi-Aondio ITA 5 5
    27 Hupfauf-Derflinger AUT   2
    28 Haschka-Meissinger AUT    
    29 Artnik-Legac SLO    
    30 Stovickova-Felbabova CZE    
    31 Lukoseviciute-Baksyte LTU    
    32 Grimaldi-Minunni ITA    
    33 Francesca Romano-Silvia Romano ITA    
    34 Montagnolli-Gaksch AUT    
    35 Kontvainiene-Uleviciute LTU    
    36 Gavio-Sesti ITA    
    37 Ferrer-Blanco CUB    
    38 Deforce-Duyck BEL    
    39 Kalaydjieva-Alexandrova BUL    
    40 Basagic-Swoboda AUT    
    41 Fink-Oigman ISR    
    42 Pohl-Stoof GER    

    Notes:
    - points are as per standings in the World Ranking on entry date
    - exact seed of each team will be communicated in the Technical Meeting


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