Volleyball: Two Women’s Team Qualify as Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualification Tournament Comes to an End

Two teams qualified to the Olympics in women’s beach volleyball at the Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualification Tournament. Sixteen teams competed at the tournament. The Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Haiyang, China from September 18th to September 22nd 2019.

The tournament contained three rounds of group stages where in the first round the top three teams advanced while in the next two rounds the top two teams advance. In the end four teams remained where they faced off against each other in a direct match where the winners qualified to the Olympics.

The first Olympic qualification match was between Spain’s Liliana Fernandez and Elsa Baquerizo and Germany’s Chantal Laboureur and Sandra Ittlinger. The two pairs traded sets with the Germans winning the first set 21-18 and the Spanish winning the second set 21-17. The deciding set and Olympic quota were won by Spain 15-10.

The second match was between Latvia’s Tina Graudina and Anastasija Kravcenoka and the Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannova and Marketa Slukova. Despite Latvia winning the first set 21-17, the Czechs responded by winning the second set 21-15. The fight for the Olympic quota was pushed past the limit with Latvia winning 17-15. No final match between the two semi-final winners was played.

As a reminder, all selected team members must have competed in at least 12 eligible tournaments in order to be allowed to compete at the Olympics. The next opportunity for teams to qualify to the Olympics will be through the world rankings, published in June.

Qualified Nations

Women’s Beach Volleyball
* Latvia
* Spain

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