Volleyball: CEV Continental Cup Sees Switzerland and the Netherlands Win the Titles

Switzerland and the Netherlands will be Europe’s representative after winning the 2018-2020 CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final. Each team is made up of two beach volleyball pairs where they compete in a best of three matches. Sixteen teams reached the finals where they competed in a single elimination tournament. The CEV Beach Volleyball Continental Cup Final was held in The Hague, Netherlands from June 23rd to June 26th 2021.

The semi-finals for the women’s event saw Russia’s Ksenia Dabizha/Daria Rudykh and Mariia Bocharova/Maria Voronina defeat Greece’s Eleni Baka/Maria Klepkou 2-0 and Vasiliki Arvanti/Panagiota Karagkouni 2-1 respectively. The other match required all three as the Netherlands’ Marleen van Iersel/Pleun Ypma won against Norway’s Sunniva Helland-Hansen/Ane Hjortland 2-1, but Norway’s Ingrid Lunde/Emilie Olimstad responded with a 2-0 victory over Raisa Schoon/Katja Stam. The deciding match was a rematch where Schoon/Stam won 2-1 over Lunde/Olimstad.

The final saw the two nations split the first two matches with Bocharova/Voronina defeating van Iersel/Ypma 2-0 while Schoon/Stam won 2-0 against Rudykh/Dabizha. The final match was between Schoon/Stam and Bocharova/Voronina. The two teams traded sets, but it was Schoon/Stam whom won the final set 15-11 to win the match and Olympic quota.

The semi-finals for the men’s event was between Switzerland and Germany where the former’s Marco Krattiger/Florian Breer and Adrian Heidrich/Mirco Gerson defeated Alexander Walkenhorst/Sven Winter 2-0 and Nils Ehlers/Lars Fluggen 2-0 respectively. The second match saw the Netherlands’ Yorick de Groot/Stefan Boermans and Christiaan Varenhorst/Ruben Penninga defeat Latvia’s Arturs Rinkevics/Ardis Bedritis 2-0 and Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins 2-1 respectively.

The final had Switzerland win the first match thanks to Heidrich/Gerson 2-0 victory over de Groot/Boermans, but the Netherlands answered back with a 2-0 victory via Varenhorst/Penninga against Krattiger/Breer. The final match and Olympic quota was won by Heidrich/Gerson whom defeated Varenhorst/Penninga 2-1.

This was the final opportunity for European nations to qualify in beach volleyball, the remaining continental quotas will be allocated during the weekend as the continental cup finals continue.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Beach Volleyball
* Switzerland

Women’s Beach Volleyball
* Netherlands

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