FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Moscow Grand Slam 2016 | 24 - 29 mai 2016


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Cincinnati champs Guto & Saymon win again after 18-hour trek to Moscow

Saymon Barbosa (left) and Gustavo ”Guto” Carvalhaes of Brazil continued their winning ways Tuesday in the Moscow Grand Slam qualifier.

Moscow, Russia, May 24, 2016 – After winning their first-ever FIVB World Tour gold medals this past Saturday evening in the United States, young Brazilians Saymon Barbosa and Gustavo ”Guto”  Carvalhaes were back playing on the international Beach Volleyball circuit here Tuesday at the US$800,000 Moscow Grand.

“It was a long trip from Cincinnati to Moscow,” said the 22-year old Guto after his team’s 2-1 (18-21, 21-13, 15-12) qualification tournament win in 41 minutes over Yury Bogatov and Maksim Hudyakov of Russia.  â€œYes, I think we started slow due to the travel and arriving at the hotel last night at 9 p.m. (local time).  We were glad not to be playing at 9 a.m. today.”

Playing in the second “big” event on the 2015-2016 FIVB World Tour calendar after failing to qualify for the Rio Grand Slam on iconic Copacabana in mid-March, the eighth-seeded Saymon and Guto will meet ninth-seeded Martins Plavins and Haralds Regza of Latvia for a spot in Wednesday’s opening “money” rounds.

Plavins, who captured the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games with Janis Smedins, and Regza advanced to the final qualifying round Tuesday by defeating 24th-seeded Mykola Babich and Iaroslav Gordieiev of Ukraine 2-0 (21-19, 21-18) in 34 minutes.

Tuesday’s meeting will be the second-time this season that the two teams have met in a FIVB World Tour qualifier as Saymon and Guto rebounded from their Rio disappointment in the next international event by eliminating Plavins and Regza 2-0 (21-19, 22-20) in a 35-minute match in Vitoria, Brazil.

“It is exciting to be here again and to finally win a match,” said the 22-year old Saymon, who played with legendary Brazilian Marcio Araujo in the 2015 Moscow Grand Slam where the pair lost to compatriots Bruno de Paula/Hevaldo Moreira 2-0 (21-18, 21-15) in 34 minutes.

Latvians Martins Plavins (left) and Haralds Regza during their win over a Ukraine team Tuesday

“My goal is to extend my stay in Moscow this time,” said Saymon, who was playing in only his second FIVB World Tour event last May in Moscow.  â€œPlaying in the country quota and qualifiers is not fun because they are single-elimination.  In Rio, we lost to the young Russians (Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin) in three sets.  That was disappointing since we really wanted to play in the Main Draw in that big pre-Olympic event where everyone was watching.”

With only 30 teams in Tuesday’s men’s qualifier, Guto and Saymon avoided playing Brazilian rivals Andre Loyola and Ricardo Santos in a country quota match Monday.  While three-time Olympic medalist Ricardo was searching for a new partner to replace recently-retired Emanuel Rego, Andre teamed with Oscar Brandao to win the FIVB World Tour stop four weeks ago in Fortaleza, Brazil.

The seventh-seeded Ricardo and Andre defeated 26th-seeded Ingars Ivanovs/Ruslans Sorokins of Latvia 2-0 (21-12, 21-15) in 32 minutes in their first-round qualifying match Tuesday.  The Brazilians will play 10th-seeded Alexander Huber /Robin Seidl of Austria in their next match Tuesday with the winner advancing to Wednesday's "money" rounds.

With competition being held on four courts at the Vodny Stadium Beach Sports Centre, which is a 20-minute subway ride from iconic Red Square in the center of city that hosted the 1980 Olympic Games, the Moscow Grand Slam is the next to last qualifying event for the Rio 2016 Summer Games where the top 15 pairs from the FIVB World Tour will advance to the Copacabana quadrennial August 6-18.

The Moscow Grand Slam also features women’s competition as eight teams each from each gender’s qualifier will advance to Wednesday’s opening “money” rounds.   Pool play will be featured both Wednesday and Thursday with elimination matches Friday and Saturday to set the lineup for Sunday’s medal matches.  The winning teams will share the $57,000 first-place prizes.

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