The competition at the European qualifier for the historic Beach Volleyball event of next year’s Commonwealth Games has ended with a glorious victory for Cyprus women and Scotland men, who have now secured their spot to compete in April 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.
The quality of the Beach Volleyball shown across the tournament was high with many examples of fair play by the participating teams, who played the tournament in a competitive way.
The four countries of Cyprus, England, Scotland and Wales, all showed commendable spirit in their effort to qualify for Gold Coast. There was inevitable disappointment for some but the eventual qualifiers from Europe for Gold Coast 2018 are Scotland men and Cyprus women.
Jubilant Cyprus ladies Mariota Angelopoulou and Manolina Konstantinou celebrating their victory with happy Cyprus Volleyball Federation President Dr Michalis Krashias
Home stars Mariota Angelopoulou and Manolina Konstantinou beat England’s Victoria Palmer and Jessica Grimson 2-0 (21-16, 21-18) in the women’s final whereas Seain Cook and Robin Miedzybrodzki claimed a dramatic 2-1 victory (25-23, 18-21, 20-18) in the men’s final with hosts Apostolou/Chrysostomou.
The President of the Commonwealth Volleyball Federations Beach Volleyball Steering Group, Mr Richard Callicott said: “The event was organised by the Cyprus Volleyball Federation and once again they showed an exceptional ability to deliver a Beach Volleyball competition of the highest level.”