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Olympics: Beach Volleyball Playoffs

Photo: FIVB

Pool play has ended in London at the 2012 Summer Olympics.  Neither Canadian team has made it into the first round of playoffs with Marie-Andrée Lessard and Annie Martin not making it out of pool play and Martin Reader and Josh Binstock losing in the lucky loser stage of the tournament.  The first round of playoffs begins August 3rd 2012 and as always, matches will be streamed live on CTV and NBC.  Live streams below.

Live Streams

Live video streams can be found at the Kill on Two Olympic page.

Women's Beach Volleyball Round 1

Brazil Larissa-Juliana vs. Netherlands Meppelink-van Gestel
Germany Goller-Ludwig vs. Germany Holtwick-Semmler
Brazil Talita-Antonelli vs. Czech Republic Slukova-Kolocova
Switzerland Kuhn-Zumkehr vs. USA Kessy-Ross
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FIVB: Finland Finals (Live Video)

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The first day of finals from Aland, Finland on the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.  We have the women's action up first on Saturday followed by men's on Sunday.  This event appears to be the usual suspects once again rounding out the final four for the women and by looks of it, it will be that way for the men as well.  Matches, brackets, results and live streams below:

Women's Semi Finals

Brazil Talita-Antonelli vs. USA May-Treanor-Walsh 0-2 (20-22, 14-21)
Brazil Larissa-Juliana vs. China Xue-Zhang Xi 1-2 (19-21, 21-17, 12-15)

Men's Semi Finals

Brazil Emanuel-Alison vs. Brazil Marcio Araujo-Benjamin
USA Rogers-Dalhausser vs. Poland Fijalek-Prudel

More scores, live streams and brackets after the jump.

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FIVB: Poland Finals (Live Video)

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The second last grand slam of the season is almost complete with finals action taking place today for the men's side of the tournament.  The 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is in Stare Jablonki, Poland this week and we have the final games, brackets, results and live streams below.

Women's Final Four

China Xue-Zhang Xi
Brazil Larissa-Juliana
USA Kessy-Ross
Brazil Talita-Antonelli

Men's Final Four

Poland Fijalek-Prudel
Germany Erdmann-Matysik
Brazil Emanuel-Alison
USA Rogers-Dalhausser

Brackets and live streams after the jump.

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FIVB: Moscow Finals (Live Video)

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It's the first day of finals on the of the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in Moscow.  A very regular sighting in the final four, with three of last week's top four teams coming back for more.  The powerhouse of Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh who finished fifth last week in Gstaad are looking for some more hardware as they are in the semi final action.  For live streams, results and brackets below

Women's Brackets

More brackets and live streaming video links after the jump.

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FIVB: Gstaad Grand Slam Finals (Live Video)

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Today marks the end of another stop on the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.  The women's event has already completed and the Brazil powerhouse of Juliana-Larissa claiming another gold medal over Xue-Zhang Xi of China.  On the men's side of the tournament, the gold medal match is about to begin and we have the live streaming links so you can watch it along with us.

Women's Brackets

Men's Brackets

Live streams and video links after the jump.

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FIVB: Rome World Championships Finals (Live Video)

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After a week of competition, the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships from Rome, Italy will be coming to an end today with finals action from both the men's and women's side of the tournament.  On the men's side we have an all Brazil final with Marcio Araujo-Ricardo facing Emanuel-Alison.  The women's side of the tournament bring another rematch between rivals as Larissa-Juliana of Brazil face May-Treanor-Walsh of the United States.  As always, we have the matches, brackets and live streams listed below for those interested.

Women's Matches

China Xue-Zhang Xi vs. Czech Republic Klapalova-Hajeckova Bronze Medal Match 10:35 a.m. EST
USA May-Treanor-Walsh vs. Brazil Larissa-Juliana Gold Medal Match 1:15 p.m. EST

Men's Matches

Latvia Plavins-Smedins, J. vs. Germany Brink-Reckermann Bronze Medal Match 11:35 a.m. EST
Brazil Marcio Araujo-Ricardo vs. Brazil Emanuel-Alison Gold Medal Match 2:45 p.m. EST

Brackets and live stream links after the jump.

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FIVB: Sanya Main Draw Day 2 (Live Video)

Today in Sanya, China main draw action continues in the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour. Photo: fivb.orgWe have some very interesting matchups today in the main draw action in Sanya, China.  We have the upper bracket matchups below.  Due to the seedings and results of the begining of the main draw, at this round we have an all USA match between May-Treanor-Walsh and Akers-Branagh.  Live stream links and upper bracket matchups below.  

Upper Bracket

Brazil Larissa-Juliana vs. Netherlands Keizer-Van Iersel
USA May-Treanor-Walsh vs. USA Akers-Branagh
China Xue-Zhang Xi vs. Russia Khomyakova-Vozakova
Brazil Talita-Antonelli vs. Mexico Candelas-Garcia

Live Streams

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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
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FIVB: Brazil Wrap Up

The women's podium at the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour Brasilia Open. Photo: fivb.orgThe first event of the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour from Brasilia, Brazil has concluded today with the final matches on the men's side of the tournament completing.  The women's side of the event saw the #1 ranked Juliana/Larissa of Brazil take the gold over the Olympic defending champions, May-Treanor/Walsh of The United States.  The US also claimed the last spot on the podium with Kessy/Ross clinching the bronze medal against fellow Americans Fendrick/Hanson.

The Americans also did quite well on the men's side of the tournament with the #1 ranked Rogers/Dalhausser claiming gold over the home crowd favourite of Alison/Emanuel of Brazil.  The bronze medal match went in favour of Wu/Xu of China in a three set showdown.

None of the three Canadian teams in the tournament made the main draw, however with China on the horizon, we hope to see more Canadian representation at the international level.

From a spectator's perspective, this first event was fairly easy to follow.  At any given time, there were three to five live streams going allowing fans to watch as many matches as possible.  There were, however, hiccups with coverage.  Unfortunately some of those live streams were hosted by online gambling websites that not only required registration to their website, but also required you to deposit money into your account to view the stream.  This was an instant deterrent for those just wanting to watch volleyball.  Let's face it they aren't in the live streaming business, they are in the gambling business.  The other problem with the live streams was that TV blackout agreements made many of them blocked in certain countries.  It's unfortunate that with the global volleyball community, who doesn't get that much television coverage as it is and is really starting to form a foundation with free live streaming video, is still at the mercy of television networks and government regulations.

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Preview: FIVB Brazil

The Brazillian team of Larissa/Juliana will begin the 2011 FIVB beach volleyball season at home in Brazil. Photo: fivb.org

Women's Tournament April 17th - 22nd, 2011
Men's Tournament April 18th - 23rd, 2011

FIVB beach volleyball is back this week with the first tournament of the 2011 season.  Starting off the tour in Brazil, teams representing 36 countries will compete of the six days of competition.  With $190 000 up for grabs in the men's and women's tournaments each, professional beach volleyball teams worldwide are looking to start off their 2011 season strong.  Not only is money a factor, but with next year's Olympics in London on the horizon, teams are also looking to have the best results possible so they can represent their countries next year in London.

More after the jump.
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