FIVB Beach Volelyball World Tour

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Busy FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour moves to the US

US Olympian Kerri Walsh is scheduled to play with Whitney Pavlik at the Long Beach Grand Slam

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 16, 2013 – With an extra week for travel, practice and recuperation following a pair of major back-to-back events in Poland and Switzerland, the second half of the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will resume next week in the United States in Southern California for the double-gender $440,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam.

With Southern California recognised as the birthplace of the sport, Long Beach will host the world’s best beach volleyball tandems with the first FIVB international event in the USA in a decade.

Featuring the $440,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, July 22-29, the USA event will include the special World Series of Beach Volleyball being held simultaneously with the FIVB international event along with four-person and six-person tournaments for recreational participants.

While the parity continues to become increasingly evident, a pair of new teams, both with veterans, Brazil continues to lead both the men and women’s FIVB Beach Volleyball standings. Continuing to ride atop the men’s season point standings is Brazil’s new team of Pedro Salgado/Bruno Oscar Schmidt while leading the women’s action is another new Brazilian team, Talita Antunes/Taiana Lima.

While Brazil is at the top of the FIVB World Tour after six of 11 events in the 2013 season, Brazil’s surprise duo of Alvaro Filho/Richard Santos won the gold medal in Gstaad (Switzerland) and China’s two-time Olympians Chen Xue/Xi Zhang have won the last two gold medals in FIVB international competitions.

After losing the gold medal match at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships two weeks ago in Stare Jablonki (Poland), Ricardo/Filho won their first gold medal as a team when they defeated compatriots Salgado/Schmidt 2-0 (21-16, 21-18).

It was the first FIVB victory for Brazil’s Filho/Santos as a team while it was the legendary Ricardo’s 55th career FIVB international gold medal. Also in Gstaad, China’s Xue/Zhang claimed their third FIVB victory of the season with a two-set win over Brazil’s rapidly improved duo of Lili Maestrini/Barbara Seixas.

It was Xue/Zhang’s 15th FIVB World Tour career victory, all together as partners. China became the first country other than Brazil or the United States to win a women’s FIVB World Championship gold medal two weeks ago in Poland.

After returning once again the Gstaad for another popular FIVB World Tour event, Brazil’s Salgado/Schmidt have collected 4,340 points and lead Brazil’s second place Ricardo/Filho by 290 points and Latvia’s third-place Janis Smedins/Aleksandrs Samoilovs by 520 points. In the season earnings race, Brazil’s Salgado/Schmidt lead with $127,775, followed by Brazil’s Ricardo/Filho with $124.500 and Latvia’s Smedins/Samoilovs with $104,700. All three of the top teams are playing in their first full season together.

In 2013 FIVB women’s international competition, Brazil’s Antunes/Lima duo continues to lead with 4,090 points and $130,000 in earnings. Second in points is Brazil’s Maestrini/Seixas with 3,740 and second in earnings is China’s veteran duo of Xue/Zhang with $114,000. Third in points is Madelein Meppelink/Sophie van Gestel of the Netherlands with 3,310 points and third among the money leaders is Brazil’s Maestrini/Seixas with $97,875.

Statistically in the FIVB men’s international competition, Brazil’s Salgado/Schmidt duo has a 36-11 match record so far for a 76.6% winning percentage, third highest. Based on winning percentage to date, USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Sean Rosenthal duo remains first at 81.3% (26-6), followed by Latvia’s Smedins/Samoilovs at 80.0% (32-8), and Brazil’s Salgado/Schmidt. USA’s Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson tandem at 71.8% (28-11), Italy’s Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo at 70.3% (26-11) and Brazil’s Santos/Filho at 70.2% (33-14).

In this year’s FIVB women’s international play, Brazil’s Antunes/Lima duo has the second highest winning percentage at 83.3% (35-7) as China’s Xue/Zhang have played in four of seven events this year and have a amazing 92.6% (25-2) to lead. Third is USA’s Jennifer Kessy/April Ross at 77.8% (21-6), followed by Brazil’s Liliane Maestrini/Barbara Seixas at 75.6% (33-11), Germany’s Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler at 73.0% (27-10), Brazilian sisters Maria Clara Salgado/Carolina Salgado at 72.5% (25-10), Brazil’s Maria Antonelli/Agatha Bednarczuk at 71.1% (27-11) and Netherlands’ Meppelink/van Gestel at 70.0% (28-12) to complete the top eight.

On the FIVB men’s international season scorecard, USA’s Dalhausser/Rosenthal (Fuzhou, Rome) duo has won two gold medals while USA’s Gibb/Patterson (Shanghai), Latvia’s Smedins/Samoilovs (Corrientes), Brazil’s Salgado/Schmidt (The Hague), Netherlands’ Brouwer/Meeuwsen (Stare Jablonki) and now Brazil’s Santos/Filho each have one gold medal so far this season.

On the FIVB women’s international season scorecard, Brazil’s Antunes/Lima (Shanghai, The Hague and Rome) have three gold medals while China’s Xue/Zhang team has now also won three gold medals this year (Fuzhou, Stare Jablonki and Gstaad) and Netherlands’ van Gestel/Meppelink (Corrientes) has one gold medal to date.

The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is comprised of 10 Grand Slam events and the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Not part of the World Tour but still counting towards the FIVB World Rankings, points and earnings, the FIVB yearly calendar also includes seven Open events throughout the world to help open the door for development of the sport.

The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will end in Brazil with the $440,000 FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam to be held October 9-13.

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