FIVB VolleyWorld 11/2013 - English - page 7

Latvia’s Janis Smedins and Aleksandrs Samoilovs were another new
team to find their stride and they were pushed hard by Brazil’s Pedro
Salgado and Bruno Schmidt throughout the season before they
topped the men’s season rankings, with the Brazilians in second
place.
The men’s Tour developed into a straight shoot-out between Smedins/
Samoilovs and Salgado/ Schmidt, with both sides winning five medals
– two gold, two silver and one bronze. However, the one time they
met in a final in The Hague, it was the Brazilians who came out on
top.
It all came down to the final tournament of the year at the Durban
Open and when the Latvians reached the quarterfinals it was enough
to keep them at the top of the season rankings. Fittingly they went
onto to win gold in South Africa, while Pedro and Bruno joined them
on the podium for bronze.
Eventual World Championship winners, Alexander Brouwer and
Robert Meeuwsen from the Netherlands, went into the season
with their main goal being to reach at least the quarterfinals of a
Grand Slam so as to move up into a higher bracket of Dutch Olympic
Committee funding. Instead the duo left Poland with gold medals
around their necks and with their names firmly etched in as the
poster boys for the 2015 World Championships in the Netherlands.
USA’s Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal enjoyed a mixed start to
their time as a team, though they can at least look back on two
gold medal finishes in Rome and Long Beach. Rosenthal’s former
partner Jacob Gibb meanwhile teamed up with the flamboyant
Casey Patterson to win gold at the Shanghai Grand Slam, silver in
Corrientes and a bronze medal in Gstaad.
Elsewhere Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo and Spain’s Pablo
Herrera and Adrian Gavira flew the flag for Europe by winning silvers
and bronze. Nicolai and Lupo won silver in Fuzhou and bronze in
Corrientes, Long Beach and Xiamen, while Herrera and Gavira won
silver in Long Beach and bronze in Berlin and were also crowned
European champions.
The Salgado sisters Maria-Clara (left) and Carolina had plenty to celebrate,
as did their brother Pedro (right) and his partner Bruno Schmidt
Aleksandrs Samoilovs won two Grand Slam gold medals, two silvers and
one bronze along with partner Janis Smedins
Alexander Brouwer (left) and RobertMeeuwsen exceeded their expectations
by becoming world champions
FIVB BEACH VOLLEYBALL WORLD TOUR
SEASON RANKING WINNERS
WOMEN’S TOP FIVE
1
Talita Antunes/ Taiana Lima (BRA)
2
Maria-Clara Salgado/ Carolina Salgado (BRA)
3
Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler (GER)
4
Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst (GER)
5
Agatha Bednarczuk/Maria Antonelli (BRA)
MEN’S TOP FIVE
1
Janis Smedins/Aleksandrs Samoilovs (LAT)
2
Pedro Salgado/Bruno Schmidt (BRA)
3
Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo (ITA)
4
Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen (NED)
5
Ricardo Santos/Alvaro Filho (BRA)
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