Beach Bytes: Kenya, AVP and FIVB Snow news

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Beach Bytes 2/10/2019-Gaudencia Makokha
Gaudencia Makokha passes in the women's final during the Kenya Volleyball Federation beach volleyball circuit/Sila Kiplagat, Nation Media Group

Kenya Volleyball: Kenya Volleyball Federation’s first beach volleyball event of the year was this past Sunday.

The Kenya Pipeline team of Naomi Too and Gaudencia Makokha took top honors by defeating the Aspire team of Edna Rotich and Phoscah Kasisi 21-16, 21-13. Earlier the KCB team of Salome Wanjala and Eunice Maiyo finished in third after defeating Aspire’s Gladys Wangui and Leonida Kasaya.

On the men’s side, team Madigaga’s Elijah Bosire and James Mutero outlasted Strathmore University’s Wilfred Kimutai and Mathias Kemboi 21-15, 18-21, 15-12. Third place went to KCB’s James Mwaniki and Ibrahim Oduor, who defeated Wanyonge 21-16, 21-18.

Beach Bytes 2/10/2019
AVPNext will offer eight wild cards for the 2019 AVP Manhattan Beach event/Ed Chan, VBshots.com

AVP releases AVPNext gold, U26 schedule: The AVP will have a six-event AVPNext gold and two-event U26 schedule. Each of these eight events will offer the winners coveted wild card entries to the AVP Manhattan Beach open August 16-18. The AVPNext Gold events also offer $20,000 in prize money (Seaside offers $25,000).

The six AVPNext gold locations and dates are: Volleyball of the Rockies (Denver, CO June 8-9), Tidewater Volleyball Association (Virginia Beach, VA June 15-16), Texas Volleyball tour (Dallas, TX June 29-30), Chicago Sport & Social Clu (Chicago, IL July 20-21), Dig the Beach (Pompano Beach, FL August 3-4), and the Seaside volleyball tournament (Seaside, OR August 9-10).

The U26 locations and dates are: Texas Volleyball tour (Dallas, TX June 15-16) and VolleyOC & Relentless (Huntington Beach, CA July 20-21).

Schedule and signup information can be found on the AVP site.

AVP memberships: The AVP announced that 2019 memberships are available. The $20 annual membership offers access to AVP certified tournaments, early access to VIP tickets, and a wide variety of discounts, including tickets, AVP merchandise, DiG magazine, Wilson volleyball, Plastic and Rox volleyball clothing, Polarized, Salomon, Quickset Courts and Park & Sun products, Red Roof lodging and My Recruiting Solutions.

More information can be found on the AVP site.

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The FIVB will introduce the FIVB Snow Volleyball World tour in Austria and Italy this year/FIVB photo

FIVB Snow: The FIVB will hold two events to kick off the Snow Volleyball World Tour, March 28-31 in Wagrain, Austria, and April 4-7 in Plan de Kronplatz, Italy. A third event is currently under discussion for early August in Bariloche, Argentina.

The events were previously part of the CEV Snow Volleyball European tour, but are now open to teams from all five Confederation territories.

Teams will consist of three players plus one substitute. Court size (16×8 meters) and match parameters (Best two of three to 21, tiebreaker to 15 points) will remain unchanged.

More information can be found here.

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