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Women's London beach volleyball stats update through Day 6

With team and individual statistics helping define the depth and the quality of play in women's beach volleyball competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Spain's Elsa Baquerizo enthusiastically leads all players with 12 service aces

London, Great Britain, August 3, 2012 – Stats and nothing but the women’s stats for this year’s beach volleyball competition of the London 2012 Olympic Games through Thursday’s Day 6, the end of pool play with all 24 teams having played three matches each. All the crowd-pleasing, heart-pounding action is being held in the purpose-built, sold-out 15,000-seat stadium on the grounds of the iconic Horse Guards Parade as the majestic venue includes a portion of adjacent St. James Park in historic central London.

As women’s single-elimination begins Friday, even more impressive team and individual official statistics continue to reflect the depth and quality of the field here at Horse Guards Parade.

A total of 16 teams in each gender have advanced to the elimination rounds which begin with the Round of 16 split into two days on Friday and Saturday.

Again, through Thursday’s Day 6 of this Olympic Games competition, of the 38 women’s matches held, 20 were two-set matches with five seed breakthroughs with an average time of 35 minutes per match.  The othe 18 matches all went to the tie-break saw just three seed breakthroughs with an average time of 54 minutes.

In the team stats catagory, Spain’s 16th-seeded Elsa Baquerizo/Liliana Fernandez have the most total aces with 16 following by China’s second-seeded Chen Xue/Xi Zhang with 15 and third is Czech Republic’s Lenka Hajeckova/Hana Klapalova with 14.

In total blocks by a team, Russia’s 23rd-seeded Anastasia Vasina/Anna Vozakova lead with 18, second is Brazil’s fifth-seeded Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes with 16 while tied for third are USA’s third-seeded Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, Austria’s 15th-seeded sisters Doris and Stefanie Schwaiger and with 11 each.

In team attack success percentage, leading is Brazil’s Antonelli/Antunes with 61% while second is USA’s fourth-seeded Jennifer Kessy/April Ross at 60% and Spain’s Baquerizo/Fernandez is third at 58%

In team digs, Austria’s Schwaiger sisters lead with 86 digs, second is Russia’s 18th-seeded Ekaterina Khomyakova/Evgeniya Ukolova and tied for third is Australia’s 22nd-seeded Natalie Cook/Tamsin Hinchley and USA’s third-seeded Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh with 77 total for each team.

Individually, Russia’s young suprise team of these Olympic Games, 23rd-seeded Anastasia Vasina/Anna Vozakova, lead two of six catagories and are second in one more. Vasina is leading blocks with 18 total while Vozakova is tied for first in point total with Austria’s Schwaiger sisters with 75 each and second in second in digs with 53.

Leading the other four catagories and there totals are Spain’s Elsa Baquerizo (12 aces), China’s Xue (attack success-68%), Great Britain’s Zara Dampney (top serve speed, 93 km/h), and Australia’s Cook (digs-65).

Third in points is China’s Xi Zhang with 73. Tied for second place with 11 ace serves each are China’s Xue and Czech Republic’s Klapalova.

In the serving speed catagory, behind Dampney in second is Germany’s Katrin Holtwick (81km/h) and USA’s April Ross (81 km/h) and Germany’s Sara Goller (79 km/h). In total blocks, second behind Vasina is Brazil’s Talita Antunes with 16. Second in attack success percentage behind at 65 per cent is is Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta Silva with 65% and third is USA’s Ross at 63%.  Third behind Australia’s Cook and Russia’s Vozakova in digs is Russia’s Ukolova with 51 total.

In some of the miscellaneous numbers, the longest women’s match through Thursday was one hour, nine minutes when Russia’s Ekaterina Khomyakova/Evgeniya Ukolova beat Canada’s Marie-Andree Lessar/Annie Martin 21-18, 28-30 and 15-13 on July 28. The shortest match length has been 28 minutes in three seperate matches, one each on July 28, July 30 and August 1.

The highest scoring two-set match is 82 recorded August 2 when Russia’s Khomyakova/Ukolova defeated Great Britain’s Dampney/Shauna Mullin, 25-23, 21-13 and the highest scoring three-set match is 128 was July 31 when Brazil’s Maria Antonelli/Antunes defeated Germany’s Sara Goller/Laura Laudwig, 21-19, 29-31 and 15-13 in one hour, five minutes.

The highest scoring women’s set so far was during Brazil’s Antonelli/Antunes three-set win over Germany’s Goller/Ludwig when the German’s won the second set 31-29.

Women’s beach volleyball continues daily at Horse Guards Parade in the London 2012 Olympic Games until the medal matches on Wednesday, August 8.

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