Under 21 Beach Volleyball Championships

 

Pictures taken on the 11th May 2016 of the Under 21 Beach Volleyball World Championships, held in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Beach Volleyball has been a Summer Olympics sport since Atlanta in 1996. The Men’s Olympic title in Rio in 2016 was won by Brazil; Italy took Silver, and Italy the Bronze Medal.

The main difference between the original volleyball and the beach version is that the former is played mostly indoors on hard floors, while the latter sport is played on sand and usually outdoors. Then Beach Volleyball is played by two teams of two a side, while in indoor volleyball there are six on each side; the court in Beach Volleyball is therefore a little smaller. The height of the net is the same in both versions of the game, but in both the men’s net is 19cm (7.5 ins) higher than the women’s. Perhaps because of the much smaller teams, Beach Volleyball is played to the best of 3 sets rather than best of 5.

Both Indoor and Beach Volleyball are controlled by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball, whose headquarters is in Lausanne, Switzerland. They organise World Championships at Under 17, Under 19, Under 21 and Under 23 level. In 2015 Lucerne hosted an Open age competition for men and women, and in 2016 the same city was chosen as the venue for the Under 21 World Championships.

Lucerne Results 2016, U21 Women’s Competition:
1st Brazil, 280 points
2nd Russia, 252 points
3rd Canada, 224 points
4th USA, 196 points
5th Netherlands, 168 points

Lucerne Results 2016, U21 Men’s Competition:
1st Brazil, 280 points
2nd Mexico, 252 points
3rd Venezuela, 224 points
4th Norway 196 points
5th Poland, 168 points
(The Swiss team of Florian Breer and Yves Haussener were beaten in the quarter final by Mexico)

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