GOLD MEDAL FOR
SPAIN AND NETHERLAND IN THE FIRST WEVZA TOURNAMENT
Aida Etxebarria and
Nerea Izagirre (Spain) and Jasper Bouter / Jannes Van
der Ham (Netherlands conquered the champions title of
the U21 WEVZA BVB tournament organized by the Portuguese
Volleyball Federation, which ended today and that was
held at Praia da Ribeira, in Albufeira do Azibo, Macedo
Aida and Nerea didn’t lost any match in a tournament
that was highlighted by the level of competition and
quality both at sportive and organizational level, and
to reach the gold medal won in the final against the
Portuguese team Vanessa Paquete and Daniela Silva by 2-1
(15/21, 22/20, 15/7).
We are very happy with the first place in the tournament
and pleased with our performance and to be the first
champions in this WEVZA event. The Portuguese team is
very good, difficult to play against and complicated
very much our match in the final, but we didn’t give up
and were rewarded with the victory. The level of
competition is good and the teams very balanced. We’ve
enjoyed very much to have played this first WEVZA U21
tournament, even more in a location with these natural
Pedro Carvalho, coach of the Portuguese team Paquete /
Silva, highlighted: “Despite the defeat, we have to be
pleased with our performance. Vanessa and Dani played a
good match. We had opportunity to close the second set
in our advantage, but made errors and failed our goal.
We are sad with the defeat, but the balance is positive.
We were the only team that was close to win against this
Spanish team, but they ended up by being stronger and we
have to give them congratulations for the victory. The
players gain much experience in this kind of tournaments.
A part from that it was very good that the event was
hosted here, in Albufeira do Azibo, that doesn’t have
much tradition in volleyball, but presents already a
public very interested in our sport. The venue is
magnificent and we had the support and incentive of all
MEN’S FINAL SERVED AS
FOR THE U20 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
In the men event,
Netherland won (2-0: 24/22, 21/13) against the
Portuguese Diogo Maia and Tomas Silva.
These two teams will play the U20 European Championships
that will be held in Italy, from 4-7 September.
The restless Jasper Bouter gathered the title of U21
WEVZA champion to the results obtained this year in
three world championships: U19 (4th place) (Porto,
Portugal), U17 (17th) (Lanarca, Cyprus) and U23 (41st) (Myslowice,
It was a difficult, but tasteful, win because obviously
to public was cheering by the Portuguese team. It was
the best way to end this tournament, that is going to
leave me good memories of this play, such as the lake,
it’s very pleasant and the people are all very nice.
I’ve enjoyed very much being here and, apart from the
title, it was an excellent preparation for the U20
European Championships” said Jannes.
Diogo Maia and Tomas Silva were defeated by not totally
“The semifinal was very difficult and physically hard.
We are very tired, and thus we were unable to give our
best, but we felt that we didn’t disappoint the public
with our commitment to the match and that was the most
important. The next competition is the U20 European
Championships and we’ll that advantage of the analysis
of our performance in this tournament, mainly in the
final match. It’s hard to say if the gold medal was well
delivered, because of our exhibition yesterday against
this same team, and the way we played conditioned, we
had believed that we’ve could won the tournament. I
think that today the tiredness was equal for both teams,
but they are taller and used that advantage well.
Congratulations because they’ve demonstrated competence.
We’ve would like to won the tournament but our goal was
to take advantage of this experience at a quite
reasonable competition level to prepare for the
participation in the U20 ECh and I believe that these
analysis will be very helpful for the work we are
developing with our technical staff”.
BRONZE MEDAL FOR
NETHERLAND AND SPAIN
and Marly Bak, reached the bronze medal by winning by
2-1 (17/21, 21/18, 15/9) against the Portuguese
Margarida Reis and Maria Tinoco.
“We are happy with the third place, even though we
consider that we’ve could had done better in the
semifinal match (defeated by 1-2 against the Spanish).
These tournaments are very good to prepare for
competitions such as European or World Championships
since the level of the players is significant. We love
the venue (Albufeira do Azibo), which is very beautiful,
and the people are very nice and welcoming. The
organization of the tournament has also to be
congratulated, everything is impeccable” highlighted
Loladina and Marly.
In the men's event,
Javier Huerta and Hugo Rojas defeated the Portuguese
team Jose Jardim and Bernardo Leite by 2-0 (25/23,
“We cannot be happy with the third place. It’s true that
it’s a U21 tournament and we have 19 years old and that
the level of the teams at the event is high, but we
wanted more. We came with that in mind and entered very
well in the tournament… It’s too bad, but this
tournament served also to analyse and correct our errors.
A part from that, all was great, since Azibo is truly
amazing and it’s proof that the beach volleyball events
don’t need to be always in beaches all alike. This one
is different and we have here all that is necessary for
the success of a competition.
Felipe Pascual, the
Competition Director, was satisfied with the course of
the first WEVZA U21 BVB tournament.
The Spanish highlighted the keys points of this kind of
competition, its most sensitive aspects in terms of
competition and the repercussion that it may have in the
future of beach volleyball of the Old Continent.
“The balance is very positive. It's the first time that
WEVZA hosts a competition of this age group. It’s very
interesting since allows the teams to prepare for the
intensive work that is being developed by the 8
countries from WEVZA, and equally for events such as the
Under Age European and World Championships. The athletes
are very pleased and expressed already their
satisfaction, since there are many countries that have
difficulties in competing frequently at the highest
level and these WEVZA tournaments, played by European
teams with already a certain experience allows
interesting matches, providing the necessary experience
to take a qualitative leap.
This tournament integrates very well a series of
international beach volley events. This first edition is
staged in this beautiful region of Macedo de Cavaleiros
and I believe that it will have similar success in other
We have to be ambassadors of optimism in what regards
the future of this competition either to WEVZA or the
European Volleyball Confederation itself. What impressed
me the most, was the experience of all the people
involved in the organization. All incredible and that
immediately translates in the satisfaction of the
players and the quality of the organization. For me it
feels like I am at home”.