With Joep Van Iersel (left) are Dutch players Marleen Van Iersel (second from left), Sophie Van Gestel (center), Michelle Stiekema (second from right) and Daniëlle Remmers
Brighton, England, September 3, 2008 - Women’s teams from France, Germany, Netherlands and Poland earned Main Draw berths here Wednesday at the 2008 SWATCH-FIVB Junior World Championships presented by Nivea Sun for players under the age of 21 as Great Britain hosts its first-ever international Beach Volleyball event.
With Brighton being the sixth European site to stage the SWATCH-FIVB Junior World Championships, the double gender competition continues through Sunday at the Nivea Sun Yellowave, the first permanent beach sports venue in the United Kingdom.
Thursday’s SWATCH-FIVB Junior World Championships schedule will feature Main Draw pool play for both men and women. The 24-team fields for both genders will conclude pool play Friday as 16 men’s and women’s tandems advance to Saturday’s opening single-elimination bracket matches. The semi-finals and medal matches for both men and women will be played Sunday.
Winning women’s pools Wednesday were the teams of second-seeded Michelle Stiekema/Sophie Van Gestel of the Netherlands, third-seeded Camille Clavreul/Hélèna Wierre of France, fourth-seeded Lisa Mittenzwei/Anni Schumacher of Germany and ninth-seeded Beata Galek/Daria Paszek of Poland.
All four tandems posted “perfect” pool play match marks in the 13-team qualifier. Mittenzwei and Anni Schumacher posted three victories over pairs from Croatia, the Slovak Republic and the United States. The other three pool play winners netted two wins each to capture the top spot in their groups.
Featured teams in the women’s Main Draw will be Australia’s Becchara Palmer/Alice Rohkamper and Marleen Van Iersel/Daniëlle Remmers of the Netherlands. Palmer and Rohkamper claimed the silver medal at the 2007SWATCH-FIVB Junior World Championships after losing the finale to a team from Brazil in Modena, Italy.
Palmer and Rohkamper also won the 2006 FIVB U19 title in Bermuda where they defeated Van Iersel and Remmers of the Netherlands in the finals. Van Iersel was a 2007 FIVB U21 bronze medal winner in Modena with Marloes Wesselink. The 20-year old Van Iersel is competing in her ninth junior/youth world championship event with her first competition being in 2003 at Pattaya, Thailand.
Earlier this summer (July 30-August 3), the Netherlands staged the seventh edition of the SWATCH-FIVB Youth World Championships for players under the age of 19 in The Hague. Germany's Chantal Laboureur and Levke Springer defeated Rimke Braakman and Sophie van Gestel of the Netherlands 10-21 and 21-16 and 15-11 to win the women's gold medal.
The event website is www.brightonbeachvolleyball.com. The 2008 SWATCH-FIVB Junior World Championships presented by Nivea Sun is supported by UK Sport, who is responsible for managing and distributing public investment and is a statutory distributor of funds raised by the National Lottery. Other event partners are South East England Development agency, Volleyball England, and the Brighton and Hove City Councils. Nivea Sun is the presenting sponsor.