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

2016-09-14 00:59:00 CEST

Bansley beats Pavan!

Canadian country quota clash lives up to its billing!

Brandie and Heather all smiles after their victory. Photocredit. Bernhard Horst.Brandie and Heather all smiles after their victory. Photocredit. Bernhard Horst.

It was the county quota clash we’d all been waiting for…and the game was certainly worth the wait!

Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson stunned Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes with a straight sets victory to book their place in the main draw of the Swatch World Tour Finals in Toronto.

Birthday girl Bansley dominated in an awesome display of digging and diving around the Center Court as the two Canadians teams went head-to-head for the first time since the much-publicized split.

Pavan and Humana-Paredes took a small lead in the first set and then had three points to lead 1-0. However, that advantage was soon eaten away in style by Bansley and Wilkerson as they saved the set points and went on to claim the lead.

With the majority of the crowd backing Bansley and Wilkerson, the duo stormed clear in the second set with a combination of monster blocks at the net from Brandie and some sensational digs from Heather.

Bansley continued to show why she was voted the FIVB’s Best Defensive Player last year and the girls wrapped up the victory with ease with Wilkerson stealing the show with the final, winning point.

“I love those moments; I live for them!” a beaming Brandie told us. “I enjoy the pressure and I was happy that I was able to perform. No matter what we were going to fight for victory today.”

Heather digs another ball in an epic defensive performance. Photocredit: Martin Steinthaler. Heather digs another ball in an epic defensive performance. Photocredit: Martin Steinthaler.

Heather was smiling from ear to ear as the media asked what she thought of her new teammate’s performance.

“I was impressed with Brandie’s blocking and her setting was awesome,” she said. “Her setting was on point and she really hustled out there. So credit to her.

“She got a few early blocks in and winning the first set put pressure on them.”

All eyes were focused on the battle between the two former partners but Heather explained she remained focused throughout.

“Of course it was different, you’re never sure what it’s going to be like,” explained Bansley. “I had the knowledge of playing alongside her, but they had the same. When the game started it was just like any other match. That’s how we approached it. We wanted to beat them like any other team.”

Heather and Brandie’s prize for claiming victory is a place in Pool D of the main draw where they take on Italians Menegatti/Giombini and Poreč Major champions Laboureur/Sude. The Canadians’ first match is on Tuesday at 3.30pm when they take on the Italians.

You’ll be able to watch this game and the rest of the match schedule on our live stream so make sure you check it out!

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