Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series - Gstaad Major

New Teams at the Swiss Beach Volleyball

Young teams with big goals

As already announced, Nadine Zumkehr and Isabelle Forrer are leaving the Swiss Beach Volleyball National cader. At the Worldtour Finals in Toronto, the two teams, Heidrich/Zumkehr and Forrer/Vergé-Dépré won the silver and the bronze medal and reached the peak of their careers with these medals. From next season on, Joana Heidrich and Anouk Vergé-Dépré will play together. In the other women’s team will be no change; Tanja Hüberli und Nina Betschart will continue to play together. There are as well some changes at the men’s teams: It was as well the last season of Philipp Gabathuler. The new men’s team is Nico Beeler and Marco Krattiger. Adrian Heidrich and Gabriel Kissling  are still playing together next season. The big goal for the young teams is Tokyo 2020.

Impressions Nadine Zumkehr
Impressions Gstaad Major

Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series - Gstaad Major

Première for Eiholzer/Gerson

For the first time the Swiss duo qualifies for maindraw

After a thrilling match Nicole Eiholzer and Dunja Gerson manage to outdo the Japanese team including Take and Mizoe. With a lot of energy and two winning sets (24/21 and 22/17) they qualify for the first time in their career for maindraw. Tomorrow, Wednesday, at 9 o’clock, they will play against the German Holtwick and Semmler on Center Court.

Pack your Swiss flags, shirts and scarves, which are left over from the soccer matches and come to court to support the Swiss girls!


Swiss dreams are made of these

Two teams at the Olympics...a Major on home sand…it’s a good time for the Swiss.

Psst! Have you heard of the beach volleyball revolution happening in central Europe?

Well, whisper it quietly but ahead of the Gstaad Major there are two teams from Switzerland who have qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio this summer.

Following the success and popularity of the sport in neighboring Austria, the Swiss have got high hopes of glory at home and abroad this summer.

Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Isabelle Forrer as well as Nadine Zumkehr and Joana Heidrich will be whisked off to the Copacabana after the A1 Major Klagenfurt – and both teams are proud of their country’s achievements in the sport.

“It’s the first time ever two women’s teams will be in the Olympics,” Nadine told us during the Poreč Major. “We did a great job at the beginning of the season to qualify, it was a hard job and the other teams did well, the third and fourth teams also showed they can play at a high level.”

Investment and development in the sport is now showing the green shoots of success – and Anouk is reaping the benefits.

“I think hard work, good coaches and support from our federation after 2012 to really develop the group over the years is great,” she said. “The hard work is really paying off. I think every part of the puzzle is coming together now.”

Isabelle, who with Anouk won the Xiamen Open back in April, agrees.

“I think it’s one of the best things to ever happen to us, especially as all the teams can push each other to be better. You need to be otherwise you know you’re going to be overtaken,” she said.

“It’s a very good sign for the project of our federation. I think they are doing a great job and that’s why they get…two teams at the Olympics and a third team that can beat a team who is going to the Olympics – that shows the work we’re doing is good work.”

With two big Majors to get through in the next two weeks it certainly is a great time for the Swiss.

Author: Swatch Major Series