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SWATCH WORLD TOUR 2011

World Championships | Women
  13/06/2011 - 19/06/2011

 
PRESS RELEASE
Former champs lead outstanding women's field to 2011 FIVB Swatch World Championships

All three podium teams from 2009 FIVB Swatch World Championships will be in Rome. From left, Brazil's Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, USA's April Ross/Jennifer Kessy and Brazil's Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes.
     
 

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 16, 2011 — Led by reigning women’s champions Jennifer Kessy/April Ross of the United States as well as USA’s three-time champions Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, the world’s top teams from 39 countries have officially entered next month’s US$1-million FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Championships to be held for the first time in Rome, June 13 to 19.

The internationally-televised eighth FIVB Swatch World Championships will feature 48 teams in each gender competing on purpose-built sand courts at the historic Parco del Foro Italico in the heart of the Eternal City.

With both genders competing on each of the seven-day championships, the event begins with 12 pools of four teams, each playing the other three teams in their respective pools. The top two teams from each pool along with the best eight third place teams will advance to the 32-team single-elimination phase of the tournament. Pool play matches for each gender will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (June 13 to 15) followed by the 32-team elimination rounds on Thursday and Friday (June 16 to 17). The semifinals will be held on Saturday evening, June 18 with the medal matches set for Sunday evening, June 19.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011 presenting international beach volleyball events, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball, based in Lausanne, Switzerland returns for the third consecutive season to Rome and the FIVB Swatch World Tour has had at least one event in Italy since 1989 except for 1993, 1994 and 2002. The FIVB Swatch World Championships at the Parco del Foro Italico will mark the 17th time a men’s event has been held in Italy and the 10th time for the women. Built on the grounds of the Stadio Olympico from the 1960 Rome Olympics, the magnificent Parco del Foro Italico is a major international tennis and sports complex being converted for use as a beach volleyball complex for the FIVB Swatch World Championships. The venue, artistically designed and completed in stages between 1928 and 1938, will have five competition courts with the featured center court being in the 10,000-seat main tennis stadium at the Foro Italico.

The previous FIVB Swatch World Championships in the current format were held in Los Angeles (1997), Marseille, France (1999), Klagenfurt, Austria (2001), Rio de Janeiro (2003), Berlin (2005), Gstaad, Switzerland (2007) and Stavanger, Norway (2009). The first FIVB World Championships were held in Brazil in 1987, prior to the start of the current format that began in 1997.

“With the 2012 London Olympic qualifying process underway, the sheer beauty of the venue, the amazing abilities of the athletes and the backdrop of such a remarkable city like Rome, this year’s FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Championships has all of the ingredients to be the most memorable of the eight championships the FIVB has presented,” Dr Ary Graca, President of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission said. “The competition on this year’s FIVB Swatch World Tour has been fierce. And it is only a fore shadow of what people will be able to witness in Rome in June. These gladiators will fight ferociously for every point in an attempt to win the coveted FIVB Swatch World Champion title.”

Echoing the sentiments of Dr. Graca, Italian Volleyball Federation President Carlo Magri said, “We are looking to organize the best ever World Championships in FIVB history. Hosting the FIVB’s premier beach volleyball event is a great honour and provides an outstanding opportunity for Italian beach volleyball and the Italian public to see the world’s best stars in the heart of one of Rome’s most inspirational venues.”

With less than 30 days before the start of this year’s FIVB Swatch World Championships, the 39 countries with teams officially entered in next month’s 2011 FIVB Swatch World Championships by the May 13 deadline are Angola, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Mauritius, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, and Venezuela. Based on several criteria, the final field of 48 teams for each gender will be announced on May 30 when the Drawing of Lots will be held.

The other former women’s gold medal team scheduled to play together in Rome is two-time Olympic gold medalists May-Treanor/Walsh of the United States. Playing together this season for the first time since they won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, May-Treanor/Walsh are three-time FIVB Swatch World Championship gold medalists (2003, 2005 and 2007). May-Treanor/Walsh, who had their FIVB women’s record match winning streak halted at 74 in this year’s gold medal match by Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, had to forfeit their semifinal match in Sanya, China two weeks ago due to a knee injury suffered by May-Treanor. The player was diagnosed with a reportedly mild MCL sprain and is expected to resume playing again the week prior to Rome at the Beijing Grand Slam.

USA’s Kessy/Ross defeated Brazil’s Juliana/Larissa in the 2009 FIVB Swatch World Championships. The Brazilians have won the season title five out of the last six years and currently have earned a women’s FIVB record 38 career gold medals, while the bronze medal winning team in Stavanger was Brazil’s Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes. Juliana/Larissa started this season with two gold medals and a fifth place finish two weeks ago in Shanghai, China. Kessy/Ross won last year’s Rome Grand Slam held at the same Foro Italico site as this year’s World Championships and Juliana/Larissa won the last two women’s events held in Italy, 2006 in Modena and 2005 in Milan.

The gold medal team in Rome will split $60,000, the silver $45,000 and the bronze $35,000. For more information on the FIVB, visit www.fivb.org and on the event, visit www.beachvolleyroma.com.

All roads lead to Rome, it has been said, and before these athletes find their way to the Italian capital, each gender has two more events. The genders will compete in separate countries this week. With the men having had two events and the women three so far in 2011, the 2011 FIVB Swatch World Tour is scheduled over an eight-month period starting in April in Brazil and ending in November in Thailand.  This week, the women are competing in Poland at the $190,000 Myslowice Open, the fourth overall event of 15 and second of three single gender events for women on the 2011 FIVB Swatch World Tour calendar. The men will be competing from Sunday in the Prague Open in the Czech Republic. Following the events in Poland and the Czech Republic, the FIVB Swatch World Tour will have two weeks off before resuming in China at the double-gender $600,000 Beijing Grand Slam from June 6 to 11, the first of six Grand Slam events on the 2011 calendar. After Beijing, the athletes will be heading to Rome.

The 2011 calendar features 15 women's and 14 men's events within all five FIVB confederations plus one special 24-team single-gender women’s test event held from August 9 to 14 at London’s Horse Guards Parade, the venue for beach volleyball at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The 2011 FIVB Swatch World Tour is offering $7.64-million in prize money. Twelve of the tournaments are combined men's and women's events, including the World Championships and all six Grand Slam stops.

After the FIVB Swatch World Championships, the 2011 FIVB Swatch World Tour takes one week off before it continues with three consecutive Grand Slam double-gender events: June 27 to July 3 in Stavanger, Norway (ConocoPhillips Grand Slam Stavanger 2011), July 4 to 9 in Gstaad, Switzerland (1 to 1 Energy Grand Slam) and July 11 to 16 in Moscow (Moscow Grand Slam). The total prize money for each Grand Slam event is US$600,000. Also on the international calendar during this window and immediately following the FIVB Swatch World Championships will be the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Youth World Championships, for players under 19 years old, June 21 to 26 in Umag, Croatia.

Here is the list of women’s teams officially entered, by country, in this year’s FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Championships:

2011 Women’s FIVB Swatch World Championships Entries (as of 16/05/11)
Louise Bawden/Becchara Palmer, Australia
Natalie Cook/Tara West, Australia
Tamsin Hinchley (Barnett)/Alice Rohkamper, Australia
Barbara Hansel/Sara Montagnolli, Austria
Kerstin Pichler/Cornelia Rimser, Austria
Doris Schwaiger/Stefanie Schwaiger, Austria
Katrien Gielen/Liesbeth Mouha, Belgium
Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes, Brazil
Vivian Cunha/Taiana Lima, Brazil
Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil
Priscilla Lima Lese/Renata Ribeiro, Brazil
Luana Madeira/Liliane Maestrini, Brazil
Carolina Salgado/Maria Clara Salgado, Brazil
Eva Tcholakova/Maria Todorova, Bulgaria
Heather Bansley/Elizabeth Maloney, Canada
Marie-Andree Lessard/Annie Martin, Canada
Kacie MacTavish/Julie Rodrigue, Canada
Ying Huang/Yuan Yue, China
Yuanyuan Ma/Fan Wang, China
Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, China
Lenka Hajeckova /Hana Klapalova, Czech Republic
Kristyna Kolocova/Marketa Slukova, Czech Republic
Sona Novakova/Tereza Tobiasova, Czech Republic
Emilia Nystrom/Erika Nystrom, Finland
Melody Benhamou/Deborah Giaoui, France
Mathilde Giordano/Eva Hamzaoui, France
Andrezza "Rtvelo" Martins/Cristine "Saka" Santanna, Georgia
Geeske Banck/Anja Gunther, Germany
Karla Borger/Britta Buthe, Germany
Rieke Brink-Abeler/Angelina Grun, Germany
Sara Goller/Laura Ludwig, Germany
Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler, Germany
Jana Kohler/Julia Sude, Germany
Stefanie Huttermann/Anni Schumacher, Germany
Lucy Boulton/Denise Johns, Great Britain
Zara Dampney/Shauna Mullin, Great Britain
Vassiliki Arvaniti/Maria Tsiartsiani, Greece
Giada Benazzi/Viktoria Orsi Toth, Italy
Barbara Campanari/Silvia Fanella, Italy
Greta Cicolari/Marta Megatti, Italy
Laura Giombini/Valeria Fosso, Italy
Daniela Gioria/Giulia Momoli, Italy
Laura Menon/Anna Scardigno, Italy
Sayaka Mizoe/Shinako Tanaka, Japan
Takemi Nishibori/Satoko Urata, Japan
Inese Jursone/Inguna Minusa, Latvia
Bibiana Candelas/Mayra Garcia, Mexico
Elodie Li Yuk Lo/Natacha Rigobert, Mauritius
Rebekka Kadijk/Merel Mooren, Netherlands
Sanne Keizer/Marleen Van Iersel, Netherlands
Madelein Meppelink/Marloes Wesselink, Netherlands
Roos Van der Hoeven/Jantine van der Vlist, Netherlands
Ragnhild Aas/Janne Kongshavn, Norway
Kathrine Maaseide/Ingrid Torlen, Norway
Monika Brzostek/Kinga Kolosinska, Poland
Daria Paszek/Joanna Wiatr, Poland
Karolina Sowala/Katarzyna Urban, Poland
Dariam Acevedo/Yarleen Santiago, Puerto Rico
Ekaterina Khomyakova/Evgenia Ukolova, Russia
Elizaveta Ryabova/Anastasia Vasina, Russia
Ekaterina Syrtseva/Anna Vozakova, Russia
Erika Fabjan/Simona Fabjan, Slovenia
Martina Jakob/Andreja Vodeb, Slovenia
Tanja Goricanec/Muriel Graessli, Switzerland
Simone Kuhn/Nadine Zumkehr, Switzerland
Natalia Dubovcova/Dominika Nestarcova, Slovak Republic
Elsa Baquerizo/Liliana Fernandez Steiner, Spain
Nadia Campisi/Cristina Hopf, Spain
Tora Hansson/Camilla Nilsson, Sweden
Rivia Oliveira/Nora Tawhid, Sweden
Svitlana Baburina/Viktoriia Smetaniuk, Ukraine
Inna Makhno/Iryna Makhno, Ukraine
Angie Akers/Nicole Branaugh, United States
Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Hanson, United States
Jennifer Kessy/April Ross, United States
Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, United States
Lisa Rutledge/Brittany Hochevar, United States

All-Time Women’s FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Champions
Year-Location—Women’s gold medalists
1997-Los Angeles--Sandra Pires/Jackie Silva, Brazil
1999-Marseille, France--Adriana Behar/Shelda Bede, Brazil
2001-Klagenfurt, Austria--Adriana/Shelda, Brazil
2003-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil--Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, United States
2005-Berlin--May-Treanor/Walsh, United States
2007-Gstaad, Switzerland--May-Treanor/Walsh, United States
2009-Stavanger, Norway--Jennifer Kessy/April Ross, United States
2011-Rome, June 13-19--www.beachvolleyroma.com


FIVB Swatch World Championships – Women’s All-Time Final 4 Results
June 25-July 4, 2009 at Stavanger, Norway
48 teams, pool play, 32-team single-elimination bracket
Gold Medal Match - Jennifer Kessy/April Ross, United States (No. 1-seeded team) def. Juliana Felisberta Silva, Brazil (3), 30-28, 23-21 (58)
Bronze Medal Match - Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes, Brazil (2) def. Shelda Bede/Ana Paula Connelly, Brazil (5), 21-13, 21-16 (39)
Semi-Finals - Kessy/Ross def. Shelda/Ana Paula, 28-26, 15-21, 15-9 (73)
Semi-Finals - Juliana/Larissa def. Antonelli/Talita, 21-17, 18-21, 15-13 (59)
July 24-29, 2007 at Gstaad, Switzerland
48-team, pool play, 32-team single-elimination bracket
Gold Medal Match - Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, United States (1) def. Jia Tian/Jie Wang, China (3), 21-16, 21-10 (39)
Bronze Medal Match - Juliana/Larissa, Brazil (2) def. Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, China (4), 19-21, 21-19, 18-16 (63)
Semi-Finals - May-Treanor/Walsh def. Xue/Zhang, 21-14, 21-19 (40)
Semi-Finals - Tian/Jie Wang def. Juliana/Larissa, 23-25, 21-19, 15-11 (64)
June 21-25, 2005 at Berlin, Germany
48-team, double-elimination bracket
Gold - May-Treanor/Walsh, United States (19) def. Juliana/Larissa, Brazil (1), 21-17, 21-17 (40)
Bronze - Tian/Fei Wang, China (5) def. Dalixia Fernandez Grasset/Tamara Larrea Peraza, Cuba (13), 21-13, 21-17 (40)
Semi-Finals - Juliana/Larissa def. Fernandez Grasset/Larrea Peraza, 21-15, 21-16 (38)
Semi-Finals - May-Treanor/Walsh def. Tian/Fei Wang, 21-16, 19-21, 5-4 retired (52)
October 7-12, 2003 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
48-team, pool play, 32-team single-elimination bracket
Gold - May-Treanor/Walsh, United States (1) def. Shelda/Adriana Behar, Brazil (3), 21-19 and 21-19 (40)
Bronze - Natalie Cook/Nicole Sanderson, Australia (5) def. Annett Davis/Jenny Johnson Jordan, United States (7), 21-16 and 21-17 (35)
Semi-Finals - May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh def. Cook/Sanderson, 19-21, 21-19 and 18-16 (61)
Semi-Finals - Shelda/Adriana def. Davis/Johnson Jordan, 21-16 and 21-16 (40)
August 1-4, 2001 at Klagenfurt, Austria
48 teams, pool play, 32-team single-elimination bracket
Gold - Shelda/Adriana, Brazil (1) def. Tatiana Minello/Sandra Pires, Brazil (3), 21-16 and 21-18 (39)
Bronze - Eva Celbova/Sona Dosoudilova, Czech Republic (12) def. Barbra Fontana/Elaine Youngs, United States (2), 21-17 and 21-19 (39)
Semi-Finals - Shelda/Adriana def. Celbova/Dosoudilova, 21-15 and 21-16 (37)
Semi-Finals - Minello/Sandra def. Fontana/Youngs, 21-19, 13-21 and 15-13 (61)
July 19-24, 1999 at Marseille, France
Qualifier, 32-team double elimination bracket
Gold - Shelda/Adriana, Brazil (1) def. Davis/Johnson Jordan, United States (8), 15-11 (30)
Bronze - Liz Masakayan/Youngs, United States (13) won by forfeit over Sandra/Adriana Samuel, Brazil (3)
Semi-Finals - Davis/Johnson Jordan def. Masakayan/Youngs, 5-11 (50)
Semi-Finals - Shelda/Adriana won by forfeit over Sandra/Adriana Samuel
September 10-13, 1997 at Los Angeles, California, United States
Qualifier, 32-team single-elimination bracket
Gold - Sandra/Jackie Silva, Brazil (3) def. Lisa Arce/Holly McPeak, United States (1), 12-11, 1-12 and 12-10 (89)
Bronze - Not contested
Semi-Finals - Arce/McPeak def. Karolyn Kirby/Nancy Reno, United States (12), 12-4 and 12-9 (77)
Semi-Finals - Sandra/Jackie Silva def. Shelda/Adriana, Brazil (2), 12-11, 4-12 and 12-3 (116)

  
 
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