Vitoria Open 2016 | 15 - 20 March 2016
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, March 30, 2016 - Make the most of the two-week break in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar and look back at some of the best action from the Vitória Open. Visit the FIVB's YouTube channel now.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Vitória, Brazil, March 20, 2016 - After a fifth-place finish at the FIVB World Tour Grand Slam event in Rio de Janeiro, reigning FIVB world champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt of Brazil rebounded here Sunday to win the gold medal at the US$150,000 Vitória Open on the Camburi beach by defeating Italians Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai in... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Vitoria, Brazil, March 20, 2016 - It took nearly three full tournaments, but Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes finally discovered the secret of winning in their home country.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Vitória, Brazil, March 20, 2016 - Whatever the pool assignments will be for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, a possible matchup was played here Saturday in the bronze medal match at the $150,000 Vitória Open on the Camburi beach between Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands and Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri of Italy.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Vitória, Brazil, March 19, 2016 - It will be Brazil vs. Italy for the men’s gold medal as hometown favorites Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt will meet Italians Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai as the two beach volleyball pairs won two matches each here Saturday to advance to the finals of the $150,000 Vitória Open on the Camburi beach.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Vitoria, Brazil, March 19, 2016 - They arrived in Maceio, Brazil, in the last week of February seemingly ready to pick up where they left off in 2015. But the first tournament on the 2016 FIVB World Tour didn’t exactly work out for Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes. Seeded second, they finished ninth.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Vitória, Brazil, March 19, 2016 - It will be Brazil versus United States for the 92nd-time for a women’s gold medal on the FIVB World Tour as the top two seeded teams won a pair of matches here Saturday on the Camburi beach center court to advance to the finals of the $150,000 Vitória Open.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Vitória, Brazil, March 19, 2016 - In the middle of the four-match semifinal schedule here Saturday evening at the $150,000 Vitória Open on the Camburi beach center court, the Brazilian Volleyball Federation (Confederação Brasileira de Voleibol, CBV) honoured two players that were part of FIVB World Championship teams. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Vitória, Brazil, March 19, 2016 - With two teams in the semifinals after posting quarterfinal victories here mid-day Saturday on Camburi beach with wins over pairs from Spain and the Netherlands, the Italian tandems of Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri and Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai will be seeking semifinal success during the evening session at this... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Vitória, Brazil, March 19, 2016 - Australia, Brazil, USA and Germany will compete for the medals at this week’s $150,000 Vitória Open as the 17th-seeded Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler broke through the seeding to advance to their first semifinal this season.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Vitória, Brazil, March 18, 2016 - Six pairs from the European continent will compete against two Brazilian beach volleyball tandems for the gold medal here this weekend after teams from five countries posted quarterfinal qualifying wins Friday afternoon and evening at the $150,000 Vitória Open on the Camburi beach.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Vitória, Brazil, March 18, 2016 - It has been a rocky start to the 2015-2016 season for Olympians Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler, but the Germans hope to shake a trio of 17th-place finishes on the FIVB World Tour with a final four appearance at this week’s $150,000 Vitória Open.... Read full news
Vitória, Brazil welcomes FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour
The last of three successive events in Brazil on the 2015/2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar will be the double-gender FIVB Vitória Open, to be held in Vitória on March 15-20. Prior to this visit, the FIVB World Tour has held five men’s events and three women’s events in Vitória.
The last men’s event in Vitória was in 2001 and last women’s FIVB World Tour event in Vitória was in 2006.
The first men’s FIVB World Tour event was played February 17-22, 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil while the first women’s FIVB World Tour event in Brazil was played in 1993 in Rio de Janeiro. The women’s FIVB World Tour held its first tournament in Spain in 1992.
Watch the semifinals and finals live on YouTube.
The 2015/2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar began with three Open events at the end of 2015. The remainder of the 2016 calendar will include multiple FIVB Open and multiple FIVB Grand Slam events along with more Swatch FIVB Major Series events, and the second Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals. Highlight of the calendar will be the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil featuring 24 teams in each gender.
Overall, Brazil has hosted 69 total previous FIVB World Tour events, at least one has been held every season that the FIVB has played beach volleyball. Rio de Janeiro has hosted 23 total events, including the 1999 World Championships. Fortaleza has hosted 10 total events, followed by Brasília with eight total events, Vitória also with eight, and Salvador with seven. There have been 37 total men’s events and 32 total women’s events.
Entering 2016, in the medal count for events held in the South American country, Brazil is far ahead in both genders. For the men, Brazil has 63 total medals followed by the United States with 24, Switzerland 6, Germany 5, Argentina 4, Canada 2, Latvia 2, China 1, Cuba 1, Netherlands 1, Norway 1 and Poland 1.
Entering 2016, in women’s medals for FIVB events held in Brazil, Brazil tops the chart with 56 followed again by the USA with 28, Australia 3, Germany 3, Italy 2, Netherlands 2, China 1 and Japan 1.
Vitória is the capital of the state of Espirito Santo, Brazil. It is located on a small island within a bay where a few rivers meet the sea. It was founded in 1551. The city proper (area 93km or 35.9 sq mi) has a population of nearly 350,000 while the greater metropolitan area has a population of more than 1.8 million, the 14th largest in Brazil. In 1998, the United Nations rated Vitória as the fourth best state capital in Brazil to live in, rating cities on health, education, and social improvement projects. The city is also home to the Federal University of Espirito Santo.
Vitória's economy is based on port activities, active trade, industry, and also providing services to business tourism. The capital of Espírito Santo has two ports that are the most important of the country: Port of Vitória and the Port of Tubarão (Shark). The most important industries are the capital's Arcelor-Mittal Tubarão and Vale. These ports form the largest port complex in Brazil.
The event continues the road to Rio that lasts until June 13, 2016 with FIVB World Tour events counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine the 15 of 24 spots for each gender that will take part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The 2016 FIVB World Ranking system will again include FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam and Open events along with additional pre-approved events at the inter-continental, continental and national levels.
Implemented in 2013, the format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments – whether FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam or FIVB Beach Volleyball Open – are the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds. While the FIVB World Championships had 48 teams, all other tournaments have 32 teams and begin with a qualification tournament in each gender to determine the final eight teams in the main draw fields.
Country quota playoffs are also held, as needed, to determine the final teams for qualification tournaments.
The 2014-2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball Continental Cup is back again this year as it completes its portion of the qualification process for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.