Larissa and Talita claim Brazil title in golden fashion
Lausanne, Switzerland, February 19, 2017 – Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes won the Brazil Beach Volleyball Tour for a third year in a row in spectacular style by winning gold at the Maceio Open on Sunday.
The pair only needed to reach the quarterfinals, but they were crowned Brazilian champions in fitting style when they defeated Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduard ‘Duda’ Santos Lisboa 2-0 (21-18, 21-16).
In the men’s competition Alvaro Filho and Saymon Santos beat Evandro Goncalves and Andre Stein 2-1 (19-21, 21-16, 15-6) to win gold and increase their grip on first place in the standings.
Both gold medal pairings are in great form at the moment and Larissa and Talita and Alvaro Filho and Saymon both topped the podium at the Fort Lauderdale Major Series, which marked the start of the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour earlier in the month.
In fact, the finals were repeats of the women’s and men’s gold medal matches in Fort Lauderdale.
Larissa’s and Talita’s gold is their fourth of the Brazilian Tour and they have also won one silver. Their victory gives them an unsurpassable total 2,240 points.
“We knew it would be difficult, any team that reaches a final has quality,” Larissa said. “We played well and were mentally strong all match.”
Elize Maia and Taina Lima won bronze with a 2-1 (21-16, 15-21, 15-12) victory over Fernanda Berti and Barbara Seixas
Alvaro Filho and Saymon now hold three gold, three silver and a bronze from the seven of nine stages that have been held on the Brazil Tour and are first in the rankings with 2,600 points, ahead of Rio 2016 gold medallists Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt who have 1,880.
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“It was a very tough match that went all the way to the tie-break,” Alvaro Filho said. “Evandro and Andre have developed a lot as a team and even though they are a new team they are incredible at the net with lots of power.
“For now we aren’t thinking about the Tour title, just about trying to play our best beach volleyball in matches and in training.”
Oscar Brandao and Hevalo Moreira won bronze when they defeated Pedro Solberg and Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes 2-1 (21-19, 16-21, 15-12).
The next tournament takes place in Aracaju from March 17-19, before the final tournament in Vitoria from April 7-9.
Visit the website of the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation for more information.