The historic Olympic Park in Munich, home of the 1972 Olympics, was the venue for the 9th FISU World University Beach Volleyball Championship. 32 women’s and 32 men’s teams from 29 countries competed for the top spot from 9-13 July 2018.

South Africa was represented by Bejancke Della (UWC) and Manana Mosia (VUT) in the women’s divisions and VUT’s Mthokozisi Mndingi and Khutso (Sushi) Mamabolo in the men’s competition.

Mthoko sums up the tournament:

“Munich has been great to us with a lot of experience on and off court also the people are very welcoming and I can actually call it the city of smiles 😊, USSA took us to participate in the World University Championship accompanied by our staff of males coach Nathi Ntumbu from TUT and females coach Elmien Cloete from UWC and Jacob as Manager and Mr Kribba Reddy as our head of delegation and players being Manana, BJ, Sushi and I.

We had a good experience in the tournament also seeing the best of international level athletes. We played against teams that were very professional on court and could see that they have been preparing for this tournament for quite some time, not just weeks or couple months before the tournament and some of them even play full-time.

We played 6 matches and unfortunately only won 1 out of the 6. Both genders and both wins were against Sri Lanka for position 31 and 32. A good thing about the tournament was that you play every day for your positions until it’s the final day of position 3 and 4 plus finals.”

The tournament was concluded in front of 1500 spectators on a crowded centre court with Canadian sisters Megan and Nicole McNamarra winning against the Spanish team Belén Carro and Paula Soria and in the all German men’s final Eric Stadie and Dan John beat brothers Bennet and David Poniewaz.

Results from the South African teams:

Women Pool H
Della/Mosia RSA [24]VS Dostalova, N./Komarkova CZE [25] 0-2 (7-21, 7-21) 0:22
N.McNamara/M.McNamara CAN [8]VS Della/Mosia RSA [24] 2-0 (21-5, 21-3) 0:19
Vergé-Dépré, Z./Böbner SUI [9]VS Della/Mosia RSA [24] 2-0 (21-11, 21-13) 0:29
For place 25 to 32
RUAN Ziwen/WANG Jiajun CHN [27]VS Della/Mosia RSA [24] 2-0 (21-12, 21-13) 0:25
Benedik Bevc/Hrovat SLO [23]VS Della/Mosia RSA [24] 2-0 (21-12, 21-14) 0:27
For place 31
Della/Mosia RSA [24] VS Kasuri/Nureka SRI [28] 2-0 (21-11, 23-21) 0:40

Men Pool B
Mamabolo/Mndingi RSA [18]VS Nicolini/Bocalon ARG [31] 0-2 (18-21, 19-21) 0:35
Lysikowski/Paszkowski POL [2] VS Mamabolo/Mndingi RSA [18] 2-0 (21-8, 21-15) 0:35
Prieto/Zavala CHI [15] VS Mamabolo/Mndingi RSA [18] 2-0 (21-14, 21-17) 0:35
For place 25 to 32
Lobnik/Primec SLO [29] VS Mamabolo/Mndingi RSA [18] 2-0 (21-19, 21-12) 0:36
Dhia /Ali KSA [32]VS Mamabolo/Mndingi RSA [18] 2-1 (17-21, 21-19, 15-9) 0:50
For place 31
Sandun/Asanka SRI [26] VS Mamabolo/Mndingi RSA [18] 0-2 (16-21, 19-21) 0:38

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