FIVB: Sanya Preview

The next stop on the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour is in Sanya, China.The 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour invades Sanya, China today for the second event of the 2011 FIVB season.  Country quota matches will take place on Tuesday, and Canada will be a part of them.  The Sanya Open is a female only FIVB event and four Canadian women's duos are registered.  This is the first FIVB event of the season for three of those pairings with the team of Julie Rodrigue and Kacie MacTavish being the only team that competed last week in Brazil.  Here are a list of the Canadian teams and their respective entry points.

Canadian Teams

860 CAN Marie-Andrée Lessard/Annie Martin
452 CAN Heather Bansley/Elizabeth Maloney
94 CAN Julie Rodrigue/Kacie MacTavish
42 CAN Kristina Valjas/Caleigh Whitaker

Other Teams to Watch

2740 BRA Larissa França/Juliana Felisberta da Silva
1210 USA Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh
1440 USA Jennifer Kessy/April Ross
2280 CHN Chen Xue/Xi Zhang

Yes I do realize that I just picked last week's podium and the home team.  This is why:  Juliana and Larissa are still the number 1 ranked team in the world and proved that with their gold medal win last week.  Misty and Kerri showed the world last week that their time apart over the last few years is a distant memory as they were able to place second in Brazil including taking a set from the current World Champions.  Jennifer and April won bronze last week and have been on the podium in Sanya each of the three years the event has been held.  Chen Xue and Xi Zhang are the Sanya defending champions, the home crowd favourite and are the third ranked team in the world.  Expect them to come out strong to revenge their 7th place finish last week in Brazil.

Live Streams, Results and Brackets

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