Qualification matches in the second CEV Challenger tournament in Novi Sad start today

The CEV Challenger, one of the most prestigious tournaments of the European Volleyball Confederation in beach volleyball for seniors, started in Novi Sad yesterday, in organization of Vip mobile and Volleyball Federation of Serbia. Until Sunday, July 25th, Novi Sad will be a gathering place of the top European beach volleyball players who will compete for victory and points on the CEV and FIVB lists on the sandy courts of the Strand beach.

Yesterday, six domestic teams competed to enter qualifications through the state quota: Galesev –Simeunovic against Tatic – Radic (2:0), Ivankovic – Mladenovic against  Acic –Maric (2:1), Antonic - Galetin against Galesev – Simeunovic (2:0) and Ivankovic – Mladenovic against against Stanojcic - Markovic (2:1). Two teams that finally passed the Qualification Tournament are Antonic - Galetin and Ivankovic –Mladenovic. Both matches starring the duo Ivankovic - Mladenovic were unpredictable until the end and lasted 3 sets each which proved very strong competitiveness among local participants of the tournament.

In today’s qualifications matches, 24 teams will compete for remaining 8 positions in the Main Draw. Total of 16 matches will be played on 2 playing courts, during the whole day.

This year, 57 teams from 25 countries compete for the title of the best and 12’000 EUR total money prize fund provided by Vip mobile: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Serbia, Switzerland, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine. Total of 16 teams already secured participation in the Main Draw on the basis of current points at the CEV ranking list, including Serbian teams Basta – Nikolic and Tesic – Mutapcija.

The Main Draw starts tomorrow (Friday) and will be finished in Sunday afternoon with semi-final and final matches, when the cups and valuable prizes will be delivered to the champions at the awarding ceremony.

The entrance to all matches is free for visitors. This year as well, tournament organizers provided top quality entertainment and many surprises for visitors at the magnificent courts set out in Novi Sad "Strand" beach.