TORUS teams qualify for the 2018 Poland Beach Volleyball Championships
TORUS teams qualify for the 2018 Poland Beach Volleyball Championships

TORUS teams qualify for the 2018 Poland Beach Volleyball Championships

Two women’s beach volleyball teams sponsored by TORUS have qualified for the 2018 Poland Beach Volleyball Championships. Świstek/Słonecka and Saad/Wawrzyńczyk have each competed in nine qualification tournaments, with the latter beating professional teams on more than one occasion. Our girls’ appetite for medals at the upcoming Poland championships could soon be satisfied – this year’s finals will take place in August-September in Kraków and nothing short of fierce competition is expected.

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This  year, the nine championships qualification tournaments allowed the  players to gain points that would be vital in the finals. These  tournaments were played over a period of three months in different parts  of Poland. Five tournaments – in Dąbrowa Górnicza, Rybnik, Łódz, Zamość  and Białystok – were part of the Plaża Open series, while the  tournaments in Zbąszyń, Kozienice, Toruń and Gdańsk were held as  individual events.
Interestingly enough, modern beach volleyball tends to move away from beaches, seaside towns and large lakes. In order to facilitate more suitable weather conditions (wind being the main concern) and make the sport more popular, beach volleyball courts are often set up in shopping centres and other public spaces, with the added benefit of making tournaments more prestigious – this was certainly the case in the city of Łódź and in Toruń.

During the matches, each player received individual points, which, after adding together, determined her ranking in the subsequent events, though the first event in Zbąszyń used last year’s ranking to determine the ladder. The eight top-placed pairs had automatically qualified for the main event and did not have to compete in the qualifiers. Certain Poland national team players, who had achieved good results in key tournaments abroad, received ranking points allowing them to compete in the Polish tournaments.
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Klaudia Świstek and Paula Słonecka started off well, finishing the Obłędna Plaża tournament in Zbąszyń in second place. Unfortunately, health problems caused by an injury and a two week break of one of the players got in the way of good results, though the two still managed to qualify for the championships. On the other hand, Magdalena Saad and Agata Wawrzyńczyk (substituted by Aleksandra Przepiórka in the first tournament) displayed a stable and unbeatable form, proving very hard to beat – the girls have been unofficially dubbed the best pair in Poland outside of the national squad.

They were able to compete with and beat many Poland squad players, obtaining five wins and suffering three defeats. The matches proved to be high-level entertainment with many twists and turns along the way; adding to the mix was the rivalry between the girls themselves, as they normally train together. The individual rankings of the Torus girls are another success, with Saad coming in at first place and Wawrzyńczyk in third - despite the fact she had not played in the first and last tournaments.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER RANKINGS:
1. Magdalena Saad 706 points
3. Agata Wawrzyńczyk 646 points
16. Paula Słonecka 401 points
23. Klaudia Świstek 361 points

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