London, Great Britain, August 3, 2012 – These types of events clearly bring out the best in the competitors, easily seen with a view of the men’s stats at this year’s beach volleyball competition of the London 2012 Olympic Games through Thursday’s Day 6.
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 men’s single-elimination began Friday morning, 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 men’s matches held, 26 were two-set matches with seven seed breakthroughs with an average time of 39 minutes per match. The 12 matches that went to the tie-break saw four seed breakthroughs with an average time of 56 minutes.
In the team stats catagory, Germany’s eighth-seeded Jonathan Erdmann/Kay Matysik have the most total aces with 13 followed by a three-way tie for second with China’s 10th-seeded Penggen Wu/Linyin Xu, USA’s second-seeded Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers and Canada’s 19th-seeded Josh Binstock/Martin Reader each with nine per team.
In total blocks by a team, Italy’s 13th-seeded Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai lead with 2 while tied for second is USA’s Dalhausser/Rogers with 10 and tied for third are Brazil’s top-seeded Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego and Germany’s Germany’s Erdmann/Matysik each with 17 per team.
In team attack success percentage, leading is Brazil’s seventh-seeded Pedro Cunha/Ricardo Santos with 63% while second is Latvia’s 17th-seeded Martins Plavins/Janis Smedins at 59% and in a four-way tie for third at 58% after three matches are Netherlands’ fifth-seeded Reindeer Nummerdor/Richard Schuil, Germany’s third-seeded Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann, Latvia’s 16th-seeded Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Ruslans Sorokins and Norway’s 18th-seeded Tarjei Skarlund/Martin Spinnangr.
In team digs, Switzerland’s 15th-seeded Sascha Heyer/Sebastian Chevallier lead wtih 68, followed by Austria’s 24th-seeded Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst with 65 and third is Latvia’s Plavins/Smedins with 60.
Individually, Russia’s young team of 22nd-seeded Sergey Prokopyev/Konstantin Semenov lead two of six catagories. Prokopyev is leading digs with 53 while Semenov is first in attack success percentage with 71% and Prokopyev is also tied for second in points with 75 with Spain’s Pablo Herrera.
Leading the other four individual catagories and their totals after three matches are Germany’s Jonathan Erdmann (points-104), Canada’s Reader and Germany’s Kay Matysik tied (aces-8 each), Italy’s Paolo Nicolai (blocks-22) and Latvia’s Ruslans Sorokins (top serve speed, 99 km/h).
Brazil’s Ricardo Santos is third in aces with seven the four-time Olympian is also third in attack success percentage with 65%.
Second in blocks is USA’s Phil Dalhausser with 18 total while tied for third are Brazil’s Alison Cerutti and Germany’s Erdmann with 17 each.
Second in attack success percentage at 70% is USA’s Dalhausser, while second in digs is Switzerland’s Sebastian Chevallier with 52 and thrid is Austria’s Horst with 48.
In some of the miscellaneous numbers, the longest men’s match through Thursday was one hour, nine minutes whenSwitzerland’s Chevallier/Sascha Heyer defeated Russia’s Prokopyev/Semenov, 28-26, 18-21 and 15-13 on July 30. The shortest men’s match length has been 33 minutes when USA’s Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal defeated South Africa’s Freedom Chiya/Grant Goldschmidt, 21-10, 21-11 on July 28.
The highest scoring men’s set so far was 29-27 in the first set during Prokopyev/Semenov’s win over China’s Wu/Xu on August 1.
The highest score for a two-set match is 89 when Brazil’s Cerutti/Emanuel Rego beat Italy’s Lupo/Nicolai, 26-24, 21-18 in 43 minutes on August 2.
The highest score for a three-set match is 121 from two matches: Switzerland’s Sascha Heyer/Chevallier beat Russia’s Prokopyev/Semenov, 28-26, 18-21 and 15-13 in 69 minutes in July 30 and on August 1 when Russia’s Prokopyev/Semenov defeated China’s Wu/Xu, 29-27, 17-21 and 15-12 in 67 minutes.
Men’s beach volleyball continues daily at Horse Guards Parade in the London 2012 Olympic Games until the medal matches on Thursday, August 9.
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