Sax on the Beach: Love and beach volleyball2017-07-11 10:43:00 | Ben Saxton for Swatch Major Series
This week Ben Saxton explains the relationship phases within beach volleyball
This week Ben Saxton explains the relationship phases within beach volleyball
Hopp Schwiiz and see you next year!
Champions toast Gstaad success
Lucena/Dalhausser win the golden cowbell
Can Kantor/Losiak take home gold?
Americans to take on Poles in a battle for gold
Europeans make their own little piece of Swatch Major Series history
And then there were four…
Laboureur/Sude are the champions of the mountains
Swiss hopes dashed by clinical Canadians
Poreč champs and Olympic gold medalists are out
13 unlucky for Pavan/Humana-Paredes as Larissa/Talita book final place
Anouk and Jo’s search for gold ended by Germans
Swiss guys march on to the last 16
Brazilians gain revenge for Poreč defeat
Former teammates watch Swiss stars reach Gstaad semis
Watch out Gstaad…the Canadians are on the march in the mountains
Anouk and Jo earn dramatic quarterfinal victory
Poreč and Olympic silver medalists make it through to the knockout rounds
Krattiger/Beeler live to fight another day at Gstaad Major
Anniversary of Gstaad tournaments brings up the big 50
What a great last eight in Gstaad
Swiss stars storm into last eight
No golden cowbell for Hüberli/Betschart as Americans advance
Can three US teams get out of Pool C on Friday?
13 unlucky for Brazilians Guto/Pedro
“They’ll have to do everything right to beat us”
Two Swiss teams progress to elimination stage
No unwanted record for Olympic champ
Mixed emotions for Swiss team after win over Dutch duo
Canadians rich vein of form continues in the mountains
Swiss men hoping to put Wednesday defeat behind them
Result of the day? It has to be this!
Larissa/Talita continue good day for Brazil
South Americans in control in the mountains
It’s win-win for Swiss on opening day of pool play
Herrera/Gavira burst through the seven-figure prize money barrier
Don’t miss these matches on the first day of the pool play
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Qualification victories for two of the American teams
Pedro/Guto make it 11 in a row with qualification victory
Nadine Zumkehr and Isabelle Forrer are looking forward to this year’s Gstaad Major – but for different reasons
The Brazilian team aims to win the gold for the third straight year in the Swiss Alps
World’s best aim for main draw
Country quota joy for Brazilians as they win again
Heidrich/Vergé-Dépré provide details of their partnership before Gstaad Major
The Major in the Mountains is here!
We want a golden cowbell!
Swiss stars find it difficult in the dark
Team Vergé-Dépré/Heidrich dazzle on court with Swatch
Center Court takes shape as Major in mountains is almost ready
First podium place for Anouk and Joana
American hero to return to her favorite beach spot
It's all coming together in the Swiss Alps
VIP treatment at Gstaad Major
It’s not just the fans who can’t get enough of this alpine paradise
We're counting down the days to the Major in the mountains!
Go VIP at Gstaad Major 2017
Enjoy fresh and young music with the Swiss Band Dabu Fantastic
Last year’s Gstaad Major was the best ever!
A little look-back at what made us smile in Switzerland last year
We say goodbye to Gstaad for another year
“If we can do it here, why not in Rio?” asks Pedro Solberg
Silver medalists hail service supremacy
Brazilians too hot for the Americans to handle
Latvians lap up another medal
Watch out USA – the Brazilians are coming
Can Dalhausser and Lucena claim another Major gold?
Final chance for Rio decided in Russia
All to play for in the men's semifinals
A year is a long time in beach volleyball for Brazilian star
Larissa/Talita in sensational form in Switzerland
Last four in touching distance
No cowbell for last year’s champs
Americans battle back to deny Germans stunning semifinal
Bring on Brazil say local heroes
Our guide to understanding how the draw will work
Ludwig/Walkenhorst end underdogs run in Gstaad
Pools for Copacabana decided in the mountains
Sorting the men from the boys in Switzerland
Defeat marks end of a distinguished career for Swiss star
Home side’s last remaining hope in Gstaad
Qualifiers keep on winning
Breaking news: Cow referees first-ever beach volleyball match
All-American and all-German matches highlight in Gstaad
Swiss youngsters eye home tournament
Big games and big names to warm-up for the weekend
Finnish girls far from finished here in Gstaad
The cream rising to the top in Gstaad
More to the Gstaad Major than you think
Latvian hero striving to hear iconic trophy ring again
Americans begin Pool Play with victory
Nine hours of action on a thrilling Thursday
Happiness for the hosts…at last!
Teenagers serving it up to the favorites in Gstaad
A lot has changed in a year for Kerri Walsh Jennings since she was last in Gstaad
Last chance saloon for Rio hopes
Challenge set for lucky losers
Things can only get better for the hosts
Technology helping referees and players improve
We pick the matches you can’t miss in Gstaad today
Men’s competition off to a dramatic start
Life is made of small moments on the sand
Brazil and American teams go head-to-head in Pool Play
German heroes will celebrate Croatian success…but first Gstaad
Second chance for lucky losers
More beach volleyball terms to get your head around
We’ve landed in the Alps
A look-back at last year’s Gstaad Major
Two teams at the Olympics...a Major on home sand…it’s a good time for the Swiss.
Poreč now, Gstaad later…
Switzerland’s Olympic hopes are gearing up for their home tournament
Countdown now on for our trip to the Alps
Swiss ready to unlock their potential on home sand
It’s the Major in the mountains that has it all!
Alpine retreat’s transformation in full swing
Bring your skis! There’s snow in Gstaad
In 2015 athletes as well as fans got a first glimpse of what the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series has to offer and the world is excited about what the upcoming season will bring.
All eyes are on the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series that kicked off its inaugural season in 2015! High-end VIP areas, an interactive vendor village and after parties until sunrise – Beach Volleyball at its highest level, combined with extraordinary entertainment and an outstanding crowd, pushing the athletes to the top of the podiums, that’s what the Swatch Major Series represents.
Julius Brink recaps the Gstaad Major in his blog and points out his highlights of the tour stop in Switzerland – An emotional rollercoaster included.
One week, two triumphs: On Sunday, July 12, Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt validated the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship they won only seven days earlier by earning gold at the Swatch Major Series stop in Gstaad, Switzerland. Latvia and the Netherlands completed the Swiss podium.
Medal rounds are set for the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series stop in Gstaad, Switzerland on Sunday afternoon, where the gold medal match will pit the new FIVB World Championship winners from Brazil against the reigning FIVB World Tour champs from Latvia.
Four top men’s beach volleyball teams will contend for Swatch Major Series gold in the thin mountain air of Gstaad, Switzerland on July 12, where impressive series newcomers from Latvia have veterans from Brazil, Italy and the Netherlands looking over their shoulders.
Brazilian beach volleyball showed the extent of its power at the Gstaad Major on July 11, as Larissa França and Talita Antunes claimed Brazil’s third Swatch Major Series gold in a row.
After gripping comeback in Quarter Finals, American beach volleyball superstar withdraws from Swatch Major Series in Gstaad, Switzerland.
The only thing certain about the women’s Semifinals at the Swatch Major Series in Switzerland on July 11 is that all eyes will be on American Kerri Walsh Jennings, who overcame injury in the Quarters to play another day. By taking out the new FIVB world champions Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas of Brazil, the gutsy superstar and her teammate April Ross have opened up the field.
In the biggest show of heart that the Swatch Major Series has ever seen, three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings powered through the agony of a fresh shoulder injury to eliminate powerful new world champions from Brazil in the Gstaad Major Quarter Finals on Friday.
Morning women’s action at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series stop in Gstaad, Switzerland on July 10 set up fascinating early afternoon matchups, including Canada vs. Canada and two contests pitting Brazil against the USA. It all leads up to the drama of Quarter Finals in the evening.
Straight from winning the FIVB World Championship in The Hague on July 5, Brazilian beach volleyball stars Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt headed toward Gstaad, Switzerland to contend in the Swatch Major Series. Before battling for precious Olympic qualifying points at the tournament, the athletes cooled down from the heat of Worlds and cleared their heads at a spectacular Swiss glacier.
At the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series on Thursday, American legend Kerri Walsh Jennings and her partner April Ross moved only one win away from a potential clash with new world champions Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas of Brazil. Meanwhile, the free-for-all of the men’s pools started to show some shape.
The physicality of Pool play took its toll at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series stop in Gstaad, Switzerland on July 9, with women from Germany and Canada making medical forfeits as the day opened, while the men began to launch their own battles in multi-match group contention.
Among all the high-profile players at the Gstaad Major, none will be more closely followed than the woman who is perhaps the best beach volleyball player in history, Kerri Walsh Jennings of the USA, who returns to the FIVB World Tour after recovering from injury. She and her partner April Ross are making their Swatch Major Series debut, and, as always, they’ve come to win.
Both men and women are in Main Draw play at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series in Gstaad, Switzerland on Thursday, July 9. And the competition is so packed with talent that the new world champions aren’t even the top seeds.
How strong is the Brazilian field looking to earn Olympic qualifying points at the Gstaad Major?
Women’s Pool play has only just begun at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series stop in Switzerland, but teams have already thrown themselves into the deep end, with Canadian and Chinese contenders launching an opening set that featured a thrilling 14 set-point saves. Meanwhile, the new world champions had an easier morning as the road to Rio continues.
Over 50 matches will go down at the Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series in Gstaad on Wednesday, July 8, with the top women’s teams in the sport making a splash in Pool play, while men work to earn a Main Draw spot through Qualifying matches.
Following completion of the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship on July 5, the quest for Olympic qualifying points resumes faster than an ace serve, with the season's third Swatch Major Series stop, Gstaad, Switzerland on July 7–12. Women's matches have just begun, and the new world titleholders – both men and women –have come to the scenic mountain village to prove themselves all over.
What’s the most asked question at the Center Court and Trade Village here in Gstaad? Will the Brazilian domination be broken this week?
You wanna know what clothes to take with you? Check out the weather and get ready for a hot week of party in the alps!
The weather is perfect and the ticket pre-sell is booming.
Temperatures are rising, shorts and skirts are getting even shorter, and the birds are singing! It’s time for the Gstaad Major 2015.