Perfect season ending for Nummerdor/Varenhorst and Bonnerova/Hermannova in Mangaung


Mangaung, South Africa, December 14, 2014 - Dutch pair Reinder Nummerdor/Christiaan Varenhorst and Martina
Bonnerova/Barbora Hermannova of the Czech Republic ended the 2014 season
perfectly on Sunday with a golden crown at the FIVB World Tour Beach Volleyball
Mangaung Open.


The Dutch defeated Chilean cousins
Esteban and Marco Grimalt 2-0 (21-18, 21-18) in the final. France’s Youssef
Krou and Edouard Rowlandson won the bronze medal.


Bonnerova and Hermannova grabbed the
gold medal with a 2-0 win (21-15, 21-17) over Japan’s Takemi Nishibori and
Sayaka Mizoe, while Russia’s Evgenia Ukolova and Maria Prokopeva claimed the
bronze medal.


Nummerdor/Varenhorst won their
second gold in only three World Tour events together. They also won the Sao
Paulo Grand Slam in September.

Bonnerova/Hermannova and
Take/Mizoe never won a World Tour medal before. For Japan it was the first
medal since 2000.

The Mangaung gold medallists
in each gender will split $11,000, silver will receive $8,000, bronze
medallists get $6,000 and the fourth place finishers will earn $4,500 of the
$150,000 total purse.

The FIVB Mangaung Open is the
314th FIVB men’s tournament since its first event in 1987 and the 277th FIVB
women’s tournament since the FIVB began women’s competitions in 1992.


Two out of three for Mangaung
Open champions Nummerdor/Varenhorst

In only their third World Tour event
together Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst grabbed their second gold
on Sunday at the FIVB Beach Volleyball Mangaung Open. The Dutch team defeated
Esteban and Marco Grimalt from Chili 2-0 (21-18, 21-18) in the final of the
South African event.

The 38-year old Nummerdor is now the most successful Dutch player in history
with 11 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals. He is also a two-time Olympian,
finishing fifth in Beijing and London with his former partner Richard Schuil. Read


First medal is gold for Czech
pair Bonnerova/Hermannova in Mangaung

Martina Bonnerova and Barbora
Hermannova claimed their first ever career medal on the World Tour on Sunday by
winning the FIVB Beach Volleyball Mangaung Open. The Czech pair defeated
Japan’s Takemi Nishibori and Sayaka Mizoe 2-0 (21-15, 21-17) in the final.

“It’s so amazing”, Hermannova said. “We really put a high standard there with
gold being our first medal. But why not?” Read


The Mangaung Open was the final leg
of the 2014 FIVB World calendar. The pre-olympic 2015 season features six Grand
Slams, a new Major Series involving four tournaments, a World Tour Finals in
the United States and six Opens, totalling 17 tournaments and record prize
money of $9.3 million.


The double gender Fuzhou Open, which
was the first event on this year’s calendar, will again begin proceedings from
April 21-26. From June 26-July 5 all eyes will be on the Dutch cities of The
Hague, Apeldoorn, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, which will host the $1 million FIVB
Beach Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015.



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