Lausanne, Switzerland, March 25, 2019 - Due to a date change for an event in Brazil, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will take a weekend off as the men completed the first third of their schedule this past week in Cambodia where a team from Austria garnered their first-ever gold medals on the international circuit.
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With the planet's elite women's beach volleyball players not playing for a second straight week, the 15th of 45 men’s events on the 2018-2019 FIVB World Tour schedule was staged in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where the final four featured an all-European field with Austria’s Christoph Dressler and Alexander Huber recovering from a pool play setback on Friday to defeat Maxim Sivolap/Artem Yarzutkin of Russia in the three-set finale at the Anchor Beach Volleyball Carnival.
Christoph Dressler (left) of Austria hits against Russian Maxim Sivolap
Cambodia - Siem Reap, March 21-24, $25,000, FIVB men's Event No. 424
1. Christoph Dressler/Alexander Huber, Austria, $4,000
2. Maxim Sivolap/Artem Yarzutkin, Russia, $3,000
3. Yves Haussener/Quentin Metral, Switzerland, $2,000
4. Peter Eglseer/Florian Schnetzer, Austria, $1,400
Gold - Dressler/Huber def. Sivolap/Yarzutkin, 16-21, 21-13, 15-13 (45 minutes)
Bronze - Haussener/Metral def. Eglseer/Schnetzer, 18-21, 21-10, 15-12 (53)
The Siem Reap podium featured Russians, Austrians and Swiss teams
FIVB beach volleyball action resumes from April 4-7 in Cambodia for the fourth of four Anchor Beach Volleyball Carnival events in Battambang for a women’s-only tournament. The Anchor series in Cambodia started on February 21-24 in Phnom Penh with a women’s event followed by men’s tournaments in Kampong Speu and Siem Reap.
Following Battambang, the FIVB World Tour will stage double-gender events from April 8-11 in Satun, Thailand and April 11-14 in Langkawi, Malaysia before heading to Europe for an inaugural men's and women's tournament from April 18-21 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The international circuit concludes April's schedule with a double gender event from April 24-29 in Xiamen, China.