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2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball update after FIVB World Championships

 
World Championships podium from left: Austria's Alexander Horst/Clemens Doppler (silver), Brazil's Andre Loyola/Evandro Goncalves (gold) and Russia's Nikita Liamin/Viacheslav Krasilnikov (bronze)
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 7, 2017 - Following an epic celebration of pro beach volleyball in Austria, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) has now held 20 events overall on the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar.

Last week, the FIVB schedule saw the concerto of the sand at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships Vienna 2017 presented by A1. There have now been 14 men’s events and 18 women’s tournaments completed on the 2017 FIVB World Tour.

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Following the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, the $800,000 Swatch Beach Volleyball FIVB World Tour Finals presented by Vodafone  will be held from August 23 to 27 in Hamburg, Germany. The finals will feature the top eight teams in the FIVB World Rankings with a maximum of two pairs per country, along with four wild card selections for each gender.

FIVB VIENNA MEN
Winning the men’s gold medal last week at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships with a 7-1 match record was Brazil’s fourth-seeded Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola who held off Austria’s courageous home-country 12th-seeded Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst in two tough overtime sets 2-0 (23-21, 22-20) in a grueling, crowd-pleasing 57 minutes. It was the fifth career FIVB World Tour gold medal for Evandro, second for Andre and first gold for the Evandro/Andre tandem who have now played in just eight FIVB World Tour events as a team.

It was the third silver medal in 50 FIVB World Tour events for Austria’s Olympians Doppler/Horst. Andre, just 22 years old, became the youngest men’s gold medal winner ever at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. An overflow crowd of over 10,000 cheered courageously during the gold medal match in the purpose-built Red Bull Beach Arena on Danube Island.


Austria's Alexander Horst received the men's Smart Most Outstanding Player award at the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.

Earning the men’s bronze medal in Vienna was Russia’s sixth-seeded Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin who defeated the Netherlands' surprising 45th-seeded Maarten Van Garderen/Christiaan Varenhorst in twin sets, 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) in 48 minutes. Playing in their 10th FIVB World Tour event, it was the first bronze medal for Russia’s Krasilnikov/Liamin team.

In the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships men’s semifinals, Brazil’s Evandro/Andrea advanced to the gold medal match by defeating the Nehterlands' Van Garderen/Varenhorst in two sets, 2-0 (21-15, 21-13) in 42 minutes and Austria’s home-country favorites Doppler/Horst advanced by stopping Russia’s Krasilnikov/Liamin in two sets, 2-0 (22-20, 21-19) in 48 minutes.

Austria’s Alexander Horst was selected as the men’s Smart Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.

FIVB VIENNA WOMEN
Winning the women’s gold medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships with an awe-inspiring 8-0 match record was Germany’s fourth-seeded Olympic champions Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst who came from behind to defeat USA’s surprising 14th-seeded Lauren Fendrick/April Ross in three sets, 2-1 (19-21, 21-13, 15-9) in 64 minutes, the longest women’s match out of 108 total in the entire tournament. Playing in their 42nd tournament as a team, it was the 10th career FIVB gold medal for Ludwig and Walkenhorst both as a team and individually as well. For USA’s Fendrick/A. Ross it was just their first silver medal in just five tournaments as a team.


Germany's Laura Ludwig worked hard to earn the women's Most Outstanding Player award at the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.

A truly remarkable run considering they both have had injuries and surgeries, Germany’s Ludwig/Walkenhorst duo has now won the gold medal at the most recent Olympic Games, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals, the CEV European Championships and the German National Championships.

Earning the women’s bronze medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships was Brazil’s top-seeded Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca who held off Canada’s emerging seventh-seeded Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes in three sets, 2-1 (21-12, 16-21, 18-16) in a grueling 59 minutes. For Brazil’s Talita/Larissa, they have now competed in 35 FIVB World Tour events as a team, it was their second bronze medal as a team to go along with 16 gold medals and three silver medals. For Canada’s Pavan/Humana-Paredes it was their second fourth place finish and sixth final four finish in eight tournaments as a team.

To reach the women’s gold medal match in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships from their respective semifinals, Germany’s Ludwig/Walkenhorst stopped Brazil’s Talita/Larissa in two sets, 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) in 37 minutes and USA’s Fendrick/A. Ross came from behind to beat Canada’s Pavan/Humana-Paredes in three sets, 2-1 (19-21, 21-16, 15-11) in 55 minutes.

Germany’s Laura Ludwig was selected as the Smart Most Outstanding Player of the women’s 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.

MEN’S RANKINGS
USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena tandem continues to lead this week’s FIVB World Rankings with 4,560 points, second is Brazil’s Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola with 4,180 points, third is Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak with 4,040 points, fourth is Russia’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin with 3,900 points and fifth is. Brazil’s Saymon Barbosa/Alvaro Filho with 3,760 points.

Sixth is Italy’s Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolia with 3,440 points, seventh is Brazil’s Olympic champions Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt with 3,340 points, eighth is Austria’s Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst with 3,156 points, ninth is Brazil’s Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes/Pedro Solberg with 3,100 points, 10th is Spain’s Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera with 3,040 points, 11th is Canada’s Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter with 2,900 points, 12th is Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins with 2,760 points, 13th is Russia’s Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin with 2,752 points, 14th is USA’s Ryan Doherty/John Hyden with 2,480 points and 15th is Mexico’s LombardoOntiveros/Juan Virgen with 2,460 points.



MEN’S EARNINGS
In the 2017 FIVB World Tour men’s earnings after 14 events, Brazil’s Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola duo has advanced to top of rung on the money ladder with $125,500 in eight events with one gold medal. Second is USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena with $102,000 in six events with two gold medals, third is Russia’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin with $97,100 in 10 events with two gold medals, fourth is Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak with $93,000 in eight events and fifth is Brazil’s Saymon Barbosa/Alvaro Filho with $85,000 in eight events with one gold medal.

Sixth is Italy’s Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai with $79,500 in eight events, tied for seventh this week with $78,000 each are Austria’s Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst in seven events and Brazil’s Olympic Champions Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt in seven events with one gold medal, ninth is Brazil’s Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes/Pedro Solberg with $77,000 in eight events with one gold medal and 10th is Spain’s Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera with $59,000 in eight events.

WOMEN’S RANKINGS
Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca duo continues at the top of the current women’s FIVB World Rankings with 5,800 points, second is Germany’s Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude with 4,520 points, third is Canada’s Melissa Humana-Parades/Sarah Pavan with 4,480 points, fourth is Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa with 4,000 points and fifth is Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova with 3,640 points.

Sixth is Brazil’s Fernanda Alves/Barbara Seixas with 3,180 points, seventh is Switzerland’s Joana Heidrich/Anouk Verge-Depre with 2,780 points, eighth is Czech Republic’s Kristyna Kolocova/Michala Kvapilova with 2,712 points, ninth is USA’s Summer Ross/Brooke Sweat with 2,700 points, 10th is Australia’s Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy with 2,616 points, 11th is Canada’s Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson with 2,600 points, 12th is USA’s Kelly Claes/Sarah Hughes with 2,560 points, 13th is Switzerland’s Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli with 2,472 points, 14th is Germany’s Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst with 2,316 points and 15th is Germany’s Victoria Bieneck/Isabel Schneider with 2,060 points.



WOMEN’S EARNINGS
In the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour women’s earnings after 18 events, Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca duo continues in the top spot with $158,000 in eight events with three gold medals, second is Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan with $126,000 in seven events with one gold medal, third is Germany’s Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude with $102,500 in eight events with one gold medal, fourth is Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa, with $97,000 in earnings in eight events with one gold medal and fifth is Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova with $81,000 in eight events.

Sixth in earnings this week is Germany’s Olympic Champions Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst with $70,000 in four events with one gold medal, seventh is Brazil’s Fernanda Alves/Barbara Seixas with $66,500 in nine events with one gold medal, eighth is Switzerland’s Joana Heidrich/Anouk Verge-Depre with $62,000 in seven events, ninth is USA’s Summer Ross/Brooke Sweat with $61,000 in seven events, 10th is USA’s Lauren Fendrick/April Ross with $57,000 in four events, 11th is Canada’s Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson with $53,000 in seven events, 12th is Czech Republic’s Kristyna Kolocova/Michala Kvapilova with $52,100 in seven events, 13th is Switzerland’s Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli with $52,000 in eight events and 14th is Brazil’s Taiana Lima/Elize Maia with $43,000 in eight events.

MEN’S FINAL FOURS
After 14 men’s tournaments on the 2017 FIVB World Tour regular season schedule, 22 countries have at least one final four placement. Leading with nine final four placements is Brazil (five gold medals, one silver medal, two bronze medals, one fourth place finish) while tied for second with seven final fours each are Russia (two gold medals, one silver medal, three bronze medals, one fourth place finish) and the United States (two gold medals, one bronze medal, four fourth place finishes). Tied for fourth with four final four placements each are Poland (three silver medals, one bronze medal) and Italy (two silver medals, two bronze medals).

Sixth with three final four placements is Germany (one gold medal, two fourth place finishes) and tied for seventh with two final four placements each are Australia (one gold medal, one silver medal), Austria (two silver medals), Latvia (two fourth place finishes), Netherlands (one gold medal, one fourth place finish), Norway (one bronze medal, one fourth place finish) and Qatar (two silver medals). Tied for 13th with one final four placement each are Cuba (one gold medal), Estonia (one bronze medal), France (one gold medal), Iran (one bronze medal), Mexico (one bronze medal), Morocco (one fourth place finish), New Zealand (one bronze medal), Serbia (one fourth place finish), Spain (one silver medal) and Switzerland (one fourth place finish).


The always-packed, purpose-built Red Bull Beach Arena on Danube Island in Vienna rocked with an epic FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.

WOMEN’S FINAL FOURS
After 18 women’s FIVB World Tour events to date on the 2017 calendar, 17 countries have earned at least one final four finish. Leader in final four placements with 16 is Brazil (seven gold medals, two silver medals, four bronze medals, three fourth place finishes), second with 10 is Germany (two gold medals, two silver medals, two bronze medals, four fourth place finishes), third with eight final four finishes is Canada (three gold medals, two silver medals, one bronze medal, two fourth place finishes) and fourth with six final fours is the United States (two gold medals, two silver medals, two fourth place finishes) and fifth with five final fours is the Czech Republic (two silver medals, two bronze medals, one fourth place finish).

Tied for sixth with four final fours each are China (one gold medal, three silver medals) and Switzerland (one gold medal, one silver medal, one bronze medal, one fourth place finish). Tied for eighth with three final fours are Australia (one silver medal, two bronze medals) and Thailand (two silver medals, one fourth place finish). Tied for 10th with two each are Austria (one bronze medal, one fourth place finish) Japan (one gold medal, one silver medal), Lithuania (two bronze medals) and New Zealand (one bronze medal, one fourth place). Tied for 14th with one final four placement each are France (one bronze medal), Greece (one bronze medal), and Paraguay (one fourth place finish) and Russia (one fourth place finish).


Women's FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships podium, from left, USA's April Ross/Lauren Fendrick (silver), Germany's Kira Walkenhorst/Laura Ludwig (gold) and Brazil's Larissa Franca/Talita Antunes (bronze) enjoy the moment in Vienna.

MEN’S WINNING PERCENTAGE
Based on percentage, statistically, in men’s action after 14 events on the 2017 FIVB World Tour calendar with a minimum of 14 matches played, leading at 85.7% is USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena  (30-5), second at 75.7% is Brazil’s Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt (28-9), third at 72.0% is Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen (18-7), and tied for fourth at 70.7% are Brazil’s Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes/Pedro Solberg (29-11) and Italy’s Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai (29-12).

Sixth at 70.2% is Russia’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin (33-14), tied for seventh at 69.4% are Brazil’s Saymon Barbosa/Alvaro Filho (25-11) and Spain’s Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera (25-11), ninth at 67.7% is Austria’s Clemmen Dopler/Alexander Horst (21-10) and 10th at 66.7% is Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak (26-13).

MEN’S MATCH WINS
With 33 match wins each this season through 14 events on the 2017 FIVB World Tour, leading this category is Russia’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin (33-14), second with 30 match wins is USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (30-5), tied for third with 29 match wins each are Brazil’s Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes (29-12) and Italy’s Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai (29-12), and fifth with 28 match wins is Brazil’s Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt (28-9).

Sixth with 26 match wins so far on the 2017 FIVB World Tour is Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak (26-13), tied for seventh with 25 match wins each are Brazil’s Saymon Barbosa/Alvaro Filho (25-11) and Spain’s Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera (25-11) and ninth with 23 match wins is Brazil’s Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola (23-16) and tied for 10th with 21 match wins each are Australia’s Christopher McHugh/Damien Schumann (21-13) and Russia’s Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin (21-19).

WOMEN’S WINNING PERCENTAGE
Based on percentage, statistically, in women’s action after 18 events on the 2017 FIVB World Tour calendar with a minimum of 18 matches played, the leader at 85.4% is Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca (41-7), second at 81.4% is Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (35-8), third at 78.9% is Germany’s Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhortst (15-4), fourth at 78.6% is Brazil’s Maria Antonelli/Carolina Salgado (22-6) and fifth at 75.7% is Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (28-9).

Sixth at 71.7% is Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa (33-13), seventh at 71.4% is Germany’s Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (30-11), eighth at 65.5% is Czech Republic’s Kristyna Kolocova/Michala Kvapilova (19-10), ninth at 63.3% is Brazil’s Taiana Lima/Elize Maia (19-11), 10th at 63.2% is USA’s Lauren Fendrick/April Ross (12-7), 11th at 62.9% is Switzerland’s Joana Heidrich/Anouk Verge-Depre (22-13), 12th at 62.1% is Australia’s Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy (18-11), 13th at 61.1% is USA’s Summer Ross/Brooke Sweat (22-14) and 15th at 60.9% is Brazil’s Fernanda Alves/Barbara Seixas (28-18).

WOMEN’S MATCH WINS
For the women in match wins following 18 events on the 2017 FIVB calendar, the leader with 41 match wins is Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca (41-7), second with 35 match wins is Canada’s Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (35-8), third with 33 match wins is Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa (33-13), fourth with 30 match wins is Germany’s Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (30-12) and tied for fifth with 28 match wins each are is Brazil’s Fernanda Alves/Barbara Seixas (28-18) and Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (28-9).

Tied for sixth with 22 match wins each are Brazil’s Maria Antonelli/Carolina Salgado (22-6), Switzerland’s Joana Heidrich/Anouk Verge-Depre (22-13) and USA’s Summer Ross/Brooke Sweat (22-14).

ON THE HORIZON
Next up will be the Swatch 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals to be held from August 23 to 27 in Hamburg, Germany.

GROWING HISTORY
The Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals will be the 366th men’s tournament since the FIVB began play in 1987 and the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals will be the 332nd women’s tournament since the FIVB launched women’s competition started in 1992.


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