Acapulco, Mexico, October 20, 2006 - Entering the final two events to the 2006 Beach Volleyball season, Brazil's Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca are "poised" to set SWATCH-FIVB World Tour single-season records starting here next week with the US$400,000 Corona Open.
The young Brazilians, who clinched their second-straight SWATCH-FIVB World Tour championship early last month in the Madeira Islands, need one gold medal in their final two international starts this season to set a single-season record for titles.
With a pair of gold medal finishes at the Corona Open and the following weekend in Phuket, Thailand (November 1-5), Juliana and Larissa can surpass their single-season record for earnings they established in 2005 when the Brazilians compiled $409,750 in 15 SWATCH starts with six titles. A pair of gold medal placements would give Juliana and Larissa a record $419,200 for 2006.
Juliana and Larissa have won seven of the 12 international events this season and enter the final two stops with $355,200 in winnings. The South American pair has not finished lower than third this season with a string of 17-straight medal finishes on the SWATCH circuit. Juliana and Larissa have won their last 12 SWATCH matches to improve their season record to 69-6.
Prior to Juliana and Larissa setting the single-season earnings record last season, the Brazilian men's team of Emanuel Rego/Ze Marco de Melo held the record for most prize money in a season with $332,000 in 1996. Emanuel and Ricardo Santos, his partner since the end of the 2002 season, have bettered the previous men's single season record for winnings with $333,000 in 2006.
Juliana and Larissa's seven 2006 titles is tied for the most-ever on the FIVB tour that started in 1987 for men and 1992 for women. Five other Brazilian teams have posted seven FIVB titles in a season starting in 1995 by Roberto Lopes and Franco Neto.
Reigning Olympic champions Emanuel and Ricardo achieved their seventh international Beach Volleyball title in a season by winning the Athens 2004 Summer Games. Emanuel and Ricardo, who captured the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Championships in Rio de Janeiro, also won seven FIVB gold medals last season, including a satellite title in Argentina.
Sandra Pires and Jackie Silva established the women's mark in 1996 that featured their gold medal finish at the Atlanta Olympic Games. Emanuel and Jose Loiola joined Roberto Lopes and Franco on top of the men’s leader board with seven titles in 1999.
Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede became the fourth Brazilian team to win seven SWATCH titles in a season during the 2001 campaign. Two-time SWATCH-FIVB World champions, Adriana and Shelda have won 32 FIVB-sanctioned events, including the 1999 PanAmerican Games in Canada. With five gold medals this season, Emanuel and Ricardo top the men's list with 24 career titles to their credit.
Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, the Athens 2004 Olympic gold medalists and two-time SWATCH-FIVB World champions, can tie Emanuel and Ricardo on the FIVB's career win list as the Americans have 23 career SWATCH titles to their credit entering the final two women's events this season.
Here are the Top 12 single-season performances:
Rank, Team, Country, Titles, Season, Gender
1, Franco Neto/Roberto Lopes, Brazil, 7, 1995, Men
1, Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva, Brazil, 7, 1996, Women
1, Jose Loiola/Emanuel Rego, Brazil, 7, 1999, Men
1, Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil, 7, 2001, Women
1, Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil, 7, 2004, Men
1, Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil, 7, 2005, Men
1, Larissa Franca/Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil, 7, 2006, Women
8, Nancy Reno/Holly McPeak, United States, 6, 1995, Women
8, Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil, 6, 1998, Women
8, Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil, 6, 1999, Women
8, Larissa Franca/Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil, 6, 2005, Women
8, Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, United States, 6, 2005, Women
Rank, Team, Country, Earnings, Season, Gender
1, Larissa Franca/Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil, $409,750, 2005, Women
2, Larissa Franca/Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil, $355,200, 2006, Women
3, Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil, $333,000, 2006, Men
4, Emanuel Rego/Ze Marco de Melo, Brazil, $332,000, 1996, Men
5, Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil, $326,350, 2005, Men
6, Jose Loiola/Emanuel Rego, Brazil, $311,500, 1999, Men
7, Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar, Brazil, $305,000, 2001, Women
8, Marcio Araujo/Fabio de Jesus Magalhaes, Brazil, $290,700, 2005, Men
9, Marcio Araujo/Fabio Luiz Magalhães, Brazil, $289,000, 2006, Men
10, Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva, Brazil, $263,900, 1996, Women
11, Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, United States, $263,000, 2005, Women
12, Emanuel Rego/Ricardo Santos, Brazil, $260,500, 2004, Men