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Fuzhou Open 2016 | 19 - 24 April 2016

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2016 FIVB World Tour update after FIVB Xiamen Open in China


Winning their first FIVB gold medal last week at the FIVB Xiamen Open, Switzerland's Isabelle Forrer, left and Anouk Vergé-Dépré have risen to second in points and third in earnings on the 2016 FIVB World Tour heading to this week's FIVB Fuzhou Open.

Lausanne, Switzerland, April 17, 2016 — Following the second of three events in Asia, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) remains in Asia for the third of eight consecutive weeks of tournaments.

With the qualifying process for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in full swing, the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour follows up last week’s double-gender FIVB Xiamen Open stay in China for this week’s $150,000 FIVB Fuzhou Open (April 19-23).

Last week saw a team from Spain win the men’s gold medal and a team from Switzerland win the women’s gold medal at the $75,000 FIVB Xiamen Open in China. It was the ninth men’s event and sixth women’s event on the 2016 FIVB World Tour. All of the remaining events on the 2016 FIVB World Tour are double gender events.

XIAMEN MEN
In the men’s competition this past week in Xiamen, winning the gold medal with a 6-1 record was Spain’s seventh-seeded Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera who came from behind to win the gold medal match over USA’s fifth-seeded John Hyden/Tri Bourne, 14-21, 21-19, 15-12 in 46 minutes. It was the second career FIVB World Tour gold medal for Gavira and fourth for Herrera.

In the men’s bronze medal match in Xiamen, winning was Mexico’s ninth-seeded Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen who won in two tough sets over Russia’s fourth-seeded Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Konstantin Semenov, 21-15, 24-22 in 37 minutes.

In the Xiamen men’s semifinals, Spain’s Gavira/Herrera came from behind to defeat Russia’s Kraslinikov/Semenov, 19-21, 21-16 and 15-10 in 42 minutes and USA’s Hyden/Bourne advanced to the gold medal match when they held off Mexico’s Ontiveros/Virgen, 21-18, 17-21 and 15-10 in 52 minutes.

XIAMEN WOMEN
In the women’s competition at the FIVB Xiamen Open, Switzerland’s Isabelle Forrer/Anouk Vergé-Dépré compiled a perfect 7-0 record as they topped, Austria’s 29th-seeded qualification team of Barbara Hansel/Stefanie Schwaiger, winning the gold medal match in twin sets, 21-17, 21-14 in a quick 31 masterful minutes. It was the first career FIVB World Tour gold medal for both Forrer and Vergé-Dépré.

In the women’s bronze medal match in Xiamen, USA’s top-seeded April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings defeated Germany’s 15th-seeded Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude in two sets, 24-22, 21-15 in 34 minutes.

In their third FIVB World Tour event since last September when Walsh Jennings had her fifth shoulder surgery, it was the second FIVB bronze medal and 12th final four finish in 23 FIVB World Tour events as a team (seven gold, two silver medals, two bronze medals, one fourth place). In their FIVB careers, it was the 49th final four finish for Ross including her 10th bronze medal (17 gold, 14 Silver, seven fourth places). For Walsh Jennings, it was her 81st final four finish and her ninth career FIVB bronze medal (51 gold, 17 silver, four fourth places).

To reach the women’s gold medal match in Xiamen, in their respective semifinals, Switzerland’s Forrer/Vergé-Dépré came back to defeat Germany’s Labourer/Sude, 21-18, 16-21 and 15-13 in 45 minutes and Austria’s Hansel/Stefanie Schwaiger came from behind to defeat USA’s A. Ross/Walsh Jennings, in three sets, 9-21, 21-18 and 15-12 in 46 minutes.

MEN’S WINNERS SHARE
Last week’s FIVB Xiamen Open men’s champions Gavira/Herrera of Spain picked up the FIVB Open gold medal purse of $11,000. USA’s runner-up Hyden/Bourne earned $8,000 in prize money while Mexico’s bronze medalists Ontiveros/Vigen earned $6,000 and Russia’s Krasilnikov/Semenov received $4,500 in prize money for their fourth place finish.

WOMEN’S WINNERS ROLL
FIVB Xiamen Open women’s champions Forrer/Vergé-Dépré of Switzerland earned the winner’s $11,000 purse. Austria’s Hansel/Stefanie Schwaiger collected the runner-up $8,000 purse to split from their silver medal placement and USA’s A. Ross/Walsh Jennings earned $6,000 for their bronze medal finish. Germany’s fourth-place finishers Laboureur/Sude earned $4,500 in prize money.

MEN’S POINTS/EARNINGS
After nine men’s events on the 2016 FIVB World Tour, Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak tandem continues to lead the FIVB World Tour point standings with 2,920 points. Italy’s Carambula/Ranghieri duo is still second in the standings with 2,910. Germany’s Markus Bockermann/Lars Fluggen duo is third with 2,280 points, and fourth is Mexico’s Ontiveros/Virgen with 2,050. Fifth is France’s Youssef Krou/Eduard Rowlandson with 1,970 points and sixth is USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena duo with 1,930points.

In the 2016 FIVB World Tour men’s season earnings after nine events, Poland’s Kantor/Losiak tandem continues to lead with $81,750. Brazil’s Evandro Goncalves/Pedro Solberg duo is second with $51,000 and Italy’s Carambula/ Ranghieri tandem is third with $47,265. USA’s Dalhausser/Lucena duo is fourth with $47,000. Fifth is Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen with $46,000 and sixth is Germany’s Bockermann/Fluggen with $35,750. Seventh is Mexico’s Ontiveros/Virgin with $33,750 while eighth Poland’s Gregorz Fijalek/Mariusz Prudel with $31,375, ninth with $29,900 is France’s Krou/Rowlandson and 10th is Brazil’s Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt with $28,000. Having only competed in three events this season, Spain’s Gavira/Herrera team is tied for 17th with $18,375.

WOMEN’S POINTS/EARNINGS
For the women after six 2016 FIVB World Tour events, Italy’s Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth tandem continues at the top of the point leader board with 2,110 points, Switzerland’s Forrer/Vergé-Dépré duo is second with 1,960 points while USA’ A. Ross/Walsh Jennings is third with 1,650, Germany’s Holtwick/Semmler is fourth with 1,600, fifth with 1,580 points is Argentina’s Ana Gallay/Georgina Klug, sixth with 1,540 is Germany’s Karla Borger/Brita Buthe, seventh with 1,490 points is Labourer/Sude and eighth with 1,350 points is Brazil’s Eduarda Lisboa/Elize Maia..

In the 2016 FIVB World Tour women’s season earnings after six events, USA’s Ross/Walsh Jennings continue in the top spot with $71,000 in earning in just three events, while second with $45,000 is Poland’s Monika Brzostek/Kinga Kolosinska. Moving up to third in the money standings is Switzerland’s Forrer/Vergé-Dépré with $42,200, fourth is Germany’s Borger/Buthe with $42,125 and fifth is Italy’s Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth with $38,375. Sixth is Germany’s Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst is fifth with $31,375, seventh in the money standings is Brazil’s Eduarda Lisboa/Elize Maia duo with $25,000, ninth is Brazil’s Talita/Larissa with $24,000 and 10th with $23,000 in prize money is Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas.

MEN’S FINAL FOURS
After nine men’s tournaments on the 2016 FIVB World Tour schedule, 14 countries have at least one final four placement. Tri-leaders with five final four placements each are Brazil (one gold, two silver medals, one bronze, one fourth place finish), Poland (one gold medal, two bronze, two fourth places) and the United States (two gold medals, two silver medals, one bronze medal). Tied for fourth with four final four placements each so far is Italy (two gold medals, one silver medal, one fourth place) and Germany (one gold medal, one bronze medal, two fourth place). Tied for sixth with two medals each are Mexico (one silver medal, one bronze medal), the Netherlands (one silver medal, two bronze) and Russia (one silver medal, one fourth place finish). Tied for ninth with one medal each are Austria (one silver medal), Chile (one fourth place), France (one fourth place), Latvia (one bronze medal), Qatar (one gold medal) and Spain (one gold medal).

WOMEN’S FINAL FOURS
In six women’s FIVB international events on the 2016 calendar, 11 countries have earned at least one final four finish. Tied at the top with four final four placements are Brazil (two gold medals, one silver medal, one bronze medal), Germany (one gold medal, two bronze medals, one fourth place) and the United States (one gold medal, one silver medal, two bronze medals). Tied for fourth with two final fours each are Argentina (two fourth place finishes), Italy (one silver medal, one bronze), the Netherlands (one silver, one fourth place finish) and Switzerland (one gold medal, one fourth place finish). Tied for eighth with one final four finish each are Austria (one silver medal), Australia (one fourth place), Czech Republic (one gold medal) and Poland (one silver medal).

MEN’S WINNING PERCENTAGE/MATCH WINS
Based on percentage, statistically, in men’s action after nine events on the 2016 FIVB World Tour calendar with a minimum of 16 matches played, the leader at 88.9% is USA’s Dalhausser/Lucena (24-3) while second at 80.0% is Italy’s Ranghieri/Carambula (36-9), third at 77.3% is Netherlands’ Brouwer/Meeuwsen (17-5), fourth at 76.5% is Brazil’s Saymon Barborsa/Gustavo Carvalhaes (13-4), and fifth at 75.5% is Poland’s Kantor/Losiak (37-12. Sixth at 72.5% is Germany’s Bockermann/Fluggen (29-11); seventh at 70.0% is Italy’s Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo (14-6), eighth at 68.6% is Mexico’s Ontiveros/Virgen (24-11), ninth at 63.0% is USA’s John Hyden/Tri Bourne (17-10) and 10th at 62.5% is Brazil’s Oscar Brandao/Andre Loyola (10-6).

With 37 match wins each this season through nine events on the 2016 FIVB World Tour, leading this category is Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak (37-12), while second with 36 is Italy’s Carambula/Ranghieri (36-9), third with 29 wins is Germany’s Bockermann/Fluggen (29-11), tied for fourth with 24 win each are Mexico’s Ontiveros/Virgin (24-11) and USA’s Dalhausser/Lucena (24-3), while tied for sixth with 21 wins each are Canada’s Grant O’Gorman/Sam Pedlow (21-18) and Latvia’s Martins Plavins/Haralds Regza (21-17) and eighth with 19 match wins so far this season is Austria’s Cristoph Dressler/Thomas Kunert (19-14).

WOMEN’S WINNING PERCENTAGE/MATCH WINS
Based on percentage, statistically, in women’s action after six events on the 2016 FIVB World Tour calendar with a minimum of 11 matches played, the leader at 90.5% is USA’s Ross/Walsh Jennings (19-2), second at 88.2% is Germany’s Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst (15-2), third at 86.7% is Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca (13-2), fourth at 83.3% is Brazil’s Agatha/Barbara (10-2) and fifth at 75.0% is Germany’s Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (21-7). Sixth at 74.1% is Brazil’s Eduarda/Elise (20-7), seventh at 71.4% is Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (15-6) eighth at 70.8% is Germany’s Karla Borger/Britta Buthe (17-7) and ninth 67.6% is Italy’s Menegatti/Orsi Toth (23-11).

For the women in match wins following six events on the 2016 FIVB calendar, leading with 23 match wins is Italy’s Menegatti/Orsi Toth (23-11), second is Germany’s Laboureur/Sude (21-7), while tied for third in match wins with 20 are Brazil’s Eduarda/Elize (20-7) and Switzerland’s Forrer/Vergé-Dépré. Tied for fifth with 19 match wins are Austria’s Hansel/Stefanie Schwaiger (19-11) and USA’s A. Ross/Walsh Jennings (19-2), eighth with 18 match wins is Agrentina’s Ana Gallay/Georgina Klug and tied for ninth with 17 wins each are Germany’s Borger/Buthe (17-7) and Germany’s Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler (17-15).

ON THE HORIZON
With placement points for the FIVB Olympic Rankings for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in full swing, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour is in the midst of eight events over eight straight weeks through the end of May. In all, Brazil is hosting five international events in 2016. In addition to Maceió, Rio and Vitória will be the FIVB Fortaleza Open (April 26-May 1) and the Brazil events conclude with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Aug. 6-18).

The FIVB World Tour has three events in Asia that started with the men’s only FIVB Qatar Open in Doha (April 4-8), continued with last week’s double gender FIVB Xiamen Open (April 12-16) in China and concludes with the FIVB Fuzhou Open (April 19-23) before returning to Brazil for the FIVB Fortaleza Open (April 26-May 1).

GROWING HISTORY
The FIVB Xiamen Open in China was the 338th men’s tournament since the FIVB began play in 1987 and the 299th FIVB women’s tournaments since their competition started in 1992.

FIVB 2016
Based in Lausanne, Switzerland as the international governing body for the Olympic sports of Beach Volleyball and Volleyball, the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball calendar featured a purse of US$8.8 million with a season that extended from last October to this October, competing at 23 venues in 13 countries. The schedule includes five FIVB Grand Slams, three Swatch FIVB Major Series events, 14 FIVB Opens and the special Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals in the United States. The showcase event will be the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil (Aug. 6-18).

The 2015 portion of the 2016 FIVB World Tour calendar started in October in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and included two more open events prior to the remainder of the schedule resuming at the FIVB Kish Island Open in Iran in February.

ROAD TO RIO
The Olympic qualification process began in 2015 with all FIVB World Tour events (except the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals) in 2015 up until June 13, 2016 counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine 15 spots for each gender that will take part in each 24-team field in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Copacabana Beach in Brazil in August. Counting the FIVB Rio Grand Slam, 10 men’s and eight women’s events remain on the Olympic qualifying calendar for the FIVB World Tour.

FIVB WORLD TOUR PURSES
The five FIVB Grand Slam and three Swatch FIVB Major Series competitions in 2016, all double-gender, each have $800,000 in total purses. The total of $500,000 will be the purse for the Swatch FIVB World Tour Season Final which will feature the top eight teams in each gender and two wild card teams.

The 14 FIVB Open tournaments on 2016 calendar, 11 double-gender, and three men’s only, have $150,000 total purses for the double gender events and $75,000 for the single-gender competitions.

The gold medal teams in each gender at FIVB Grand Slam and Swatch FIVB Major Series events split $57,000, the silver $43,000, the bronze $32,000 and fourth place $24,000. The gold medal teams in each gender at FIVB Open tournaments each split $11,000, the silver $8,000, the bronze $6,000 and fourth place $4,500.

FIVB EVENT FORMAT
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. Country Quota playoffs returned as needed in 2015 to determine the final teams for the qualification tournament.

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