World Cup Beach
In December, Subic will host the World Cup Beach Volleyball Championships. MANILA – The Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Futures will be held on the Subic Bay sand court in Zambales from December 9 to 11.
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The Futures is the next level of event on the pro tour World Cup Beach, after the Elite 16 and Challenge, and involves the world’s top 24 teams in both the men’s and women’s categories. The men’s team will be led by the pairings of Jude Garcia and Anthony Lemuel Jr., Alnakran Abdilla and Jaron Requinton, and James Buytrago and Pol Gringo Salvador.
Floremel Rodriguez-Genesa Jane Eslapor, Cherry Ann Rondina-Jovelyn Gonzaga, and Grydelle Joanice Matibag and Khylem Hari Progella are among the distaff entries. According to Ramon Suzara at the World Cup Beach, president of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF), the Philippines is in the 16-team main draw, along with two teams from Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Lithuania, Israel, and Italy.
The four remaining spots in the main draw will be contested by 14 men’s teams (four from the Czech Republic at the World Cup Beach, three from Japan, two each from Thailand and Australia, New Zealand, Austria, and Israel) and 13 women’s teams (seven from Japan, two from South Korea, the Czech Republic, Singapore, Canada and France).
The qualifying round will be conducted on December 8.
The tournament format is modified pool play, followed by single elimination rounds. The World Pro Beach Tour is the PNVF’s third major international event, after the Volleyball Nations League men’s and women’s tournaments in June and the Asian Volleyball Confederation Women’s Cup in August.
Another Futures event will be held in The Hague, Netherlands, from November 27 to 30. The Beach Pro Tour season will conclude with a finals involving the world’s top ten teams from January 26 to 29 in Doha, Qatar. (PNA)