Alison and Emanuel back on top in Guaruja
In the final they were pushed hard in both sets, but stayed focused to defeat Bruno Schmidt and Hevaldo Sabino 2-0 (21-19, 21-21).
“We played very well in the second set after not playing our best in the first,” said Alison who was named player of the tournament. “I’m delighted to have won for the first time in Guaruja especially as it means we have extended our lead further.”
It is the fourth time this year that the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships winners have finished on the podium after they won gold in Recife, silver in Rio de Janeiro and bronze in Vitoria.
Alison and Emanuel currently lead the standings with 1,480 points ahead of second-placed Ricardo Santos and Marcio Araujo, who are on 1,240 after they beat Bruno and Philip Edson 2-0 (21-18, 21-13) to win the bronze medals.
“It is tough to maintain your consistency on the circuit because there are a lot of good teams, but that is our aim,” Alison said. “I feel stronger working every day with Emanuel, who is the Pele of our sport and a great friend. Despite his age he is still playing at a high level and I'm the one who has the privilege of playing alongside him.
“We still have two more legs ahead, in Sao Jose on the Brazilian Tour and in Durban on the FIVB World Tour and I want to round off the year well.”
The London 2012 silver medallists have yet to win a World Tour medal together, though Emanuel won silver in Moscow alongside Evandro Goncalves and Alison won gold in Xiamen with Vitor Felipe.
They have also had to watch as fellow Brazilians Bruno and Pedro Salgado, Ricardo and Alvaro Filho and Vitor Felipe and Evandro won World Tour golds this season, though the tournament in Durban that runs from December 11-15 gives them one last chance to claim gold medals in 2013.
“I think we showed that we have the will to win back,” Emanuel said. “We were much more focused and prepared emotionally. It is good we have extended our lead in the rankings because this year’s tournament is much more difficult and competitive. There are at least five or six strong teams and we need to stay focused.”
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