Mangaung, South Africa, December 7, 2014 – Returning to South Africa for the eighth time, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) will conclude its 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour with this week’s double-gender US$150,000 FIVB Mangaung Open. It is the first time the FIVB World Tour has held an event in Mangaung.
The 2014 FIVB World Tour finale is being held in Mangaung through Sunday at a purpose-built venue at the Rose Garden in Bloemfontein. On Tuesday, men and women’s qualification tournaments will be held to determine the final eight teams in each gender who will advance to Wednesday’s start of the 32-team men and women’s main draws.
The FIVB Mangaung Open is using the current FIVB format of a single-day qualification tournament on Tuesday. Round-robin, main draw pool play begins on Wednesday for both genders. It will conclude with a single-elimination bracket for the final 24 teams starting late Thursday. Elimination rounds will continue Friday, concluding with the quarterfinals in each gender. Saturday’s schedule will see both the men’s and women’s semifinals and Sunday’s final day will conclude with the medal matches in each gender to bring the curtain down on the dynamic 2014 FIVB World Tour season.
The total entry list for the 2014 FIVB Mangaung Open includes 53 men’s teams from 23 countries and 32 women’s teams from 16 countries selected by their respective national federations.
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