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Ft. Lauderdale Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals | 29 September - 4 October 2015

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Team: Talita/Larissa




Both two-time Brazilian Olympians with different partners Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca duo is second in the 2015 FIVB World Tour rankings going into the SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals. Talita/Larissa has played together in just 15 FIVB World Tour events with 10 gold medals together, including five in their first eight events this season. Talita, 33 and 5-11, and Larissa, 33 and 5-9, they have an amazing 52-4 record this year including a ninth-place finish in the 2015 FIVB World Championships and one fifth place. The FIVB gold medals this year have been in Moscow, Russia, Porec, Croatia, Gstaad, Switzerland, Long Beach, Calif., United States, Olsztyn, Poland and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They have also earned an FIVB World Tour high of US$335,000 in prize money in 2015. On the Brazilian domestic tour, they have played in 12 events, earning nine gold medals, one silver, one bronze and 11 final fours.

Larissa lives in Fortaleza and has won a record 56 FIVB gold medals in 130 career FIVB World Tour events. Larissa, who earned seven FIVB World Tour season titles with Juliana, also has won 20 silver medals, 17 bronze, five fourths and 12 fifth-place finishes. Larissa played in 108 FIVB World Tour events with Juliana, winning 45 gold medals including the 2011 FIVB World Championships in Rome and the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Larissa has been voted the Best Setter of the FIVB World Tour a record eight times, the FIVB Defensive Player of the Year three times best hitter twice, most outstanding player once and part of the FIVB Team of the Year seven times with Juliana. With Juliana out with a knee injury, Talita finished fifth in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games playing a one-off event with Ana Paula Henkel.

Talita lives in Rio de Janeiro and has played in 144 career FIVB World Tour events with 28 total gold medals, 14 silver, 14 bronze, 16 fourth places and 27 fifth place finishes. Talita won the 2013 FIVB World Tour season title with Taiana Lima, playing 17 events with five golds. Talita played 59 events with Renata Ribeiro with five gold medals and a fourth place finish in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Talita also played in 51 FIVB events with Maria Antonelli, earning eight gold medals and a ninth in the 2012 London Olympic Games. She was honored as the 2005 FIVB Rookie of the Year and the tour’s best hitter twice, best blocker twice and best team with Lima. Talita has played in six FIVB World Championships with a best finish of third with Antonelli in 2009 in Stavanger, Norway.

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