Welcome to Munich!

We are ready! The delegations of the World University Beach Volleyball Championship have arrived in Munich. The teams used the last day before the start of the group stage to get used to the venue and prepare for the competitions starting on Monday.

The draw

On Monday the group stage starts at 9 am. The groups were drawn after the General Technical Meeting on Sunday afternoon. Participants of the meeting were allowed to draw the balls out of the lottery pot.

The first German women's team Leonie Klinke and Leonie Körtzinger will play against Poland 1, Cyprus 1 and USA 2. It is their first tournament as a team, but they will also compete together at the U22 European Championship in Latvia. Fabian Tobias, coach of the German team, considers the group to be demanding but feasible. "The Polish team is always good and Cyprus has a very good, tall block player. The American team is unknown to us, but they can always be strong". Julika Hoffmann and Lisa-Sophie Kotzan, Germany’s second women's team will play in Group B against USA 1, France 1 and Latvia 1.

The German men’s team David and Bennet Poniewaz are in Group A and deal with the Spanish, Belarusians and Saudi Arabs. "The Poniewaz twins can be a real surprise. They use their emotions like no other team. If they get off to a good start to the tournament, there's a lot in store for them", says Fabian Tobias in the run-up to the draw. He is happy with the group. He expects the Spanish team to be the strongest. Dan John and Eric Stadie, Germany's second team, is in a group with Switzerland, the USA and Japan. Fabian Tobias is particularly curious about the Japanese style of play.

Fantastic atmosphere

The 64 teams from a total of 29 nations enjoyed the first day in the sunny Olympic Park in Munich. In addition to small training sessions, they familiarized themselves with the terrain. "It's really beautiful here. I've never been to a place like this before. It's so green", says Slovenian athlete Nika Hrovat with a broad grin on her face. The Norwegian Katinka Krahn is also full of praise: "I've been to the beach volleyball venue. It looks really nice. I love the sand. The conditions are perfect". The Technical University of Munich built thirteen new beach volleyball fields next to the BMW World especially for the World University Beach Volleyball Championship.