Dear Beach Volleyball Community

So far, we only knew a scenario like the current one from the fiction of various apocalypse movies. In reality, of course, none of us really have any idea how to deal with it. Only one thing unites us in this challenging time: the certainty that we have to put down everything that is not directly related to the elimination of the virus. A logical conclusion that, however, has a dramatic impact on all of us.

Experts are now predicting that the pandemic will peak in July and August. And that, in turn, means for us that currently, nobody can assume the responsibility to approach the implementation of the planned events with a clear conscience and with full conviction. After extensive discussions with the International Federation, our sponsors as well as partners and representatives from the cities of Vienna and Hamburg, we decided to cancel the two Major tournaments. And we can no longer contribute to the upgrade of the event in Gstaad.

We are sad to announce this decision. At the moment, we only have hope that the global crisis will soon subside and be under control. Then we will start the work to realize our events in 2021 with full energy and unwavering commitment.

My thanks go to everyone who has shared and supported our enthusiasm for beach volleyball over the past 25 years. I firmly believe that we will be able to provide proof of our subline again next year:

Goosebumps don't lie - See you @ the Beach!

Your Hannes Jagerhofer for the Beach Majors team
Founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series

2018-07-09 18:00:00 CEST

Larsen and Stockman into Gstaad’s qualifier

The Americans came out on top in the nation’s country-quota in the Swiss Alps

Stockman and Larsen won their first two matches in Gstaad (Photocredit: FIVB)Stockman and Larsen won their first two matches in Gstaad (Photocredit: FIVB)

Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman are one step closer to their first Beach Major Series main draw appearance as a team as they made through the American country-quota of the Swatch Major Gstaad this Monday.

The 26-year-old blocker and the 30-year-old defender won a pair of matches in the first day of the event in the Swiss Alps and booked their places to Tuesday’s qualification tournament, where they’ll try to grab one of the last eight berths in the main draw.

“I definitely think there’s a huge mental aspect that goes along with it,” Stockman, who finished 25th in Gstaad last year with Kim DiCello, commented. “We got in at 2 am this morning, so we could sit here and say we were tired and that was a long travel, but our mentality coming in is that we flew here for a reason. You need to be mentally tough to do it.”

Larsen and Stockman, who first played together in April, defeated Amanda Dowdy and Irene Pollock 2-1 (19-21, 21-17, 15-10) in their first match in Gstaad. In their next game, they surprised Kelly Claes and Brittany Hochevar, the silver medalists of the four-star tournament in Xiamen, with a straight-set (21-13, 24-22) victory and advanced.

“There’s a lot of pressure on our country-quotas,” Larsen added. “The American team as a whole is really deep. We see them a lot in our domestic tour and regarding to game plan, it’s kind of a chess game. Whoever can make adjustments earlier prevails and I think we did it today.”

The Swatch Major Gstaad is just the sixth tournament of Larsen and Stockman as a team and their best result so far is the bronze medal they won at the three-star event in Lucerne last May.

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