London, Great Britain, August 4, 2012 – Numbers keep piling in and they keep adding up well for women’s stats both as a team and individual at this year’s beach volleyball competition of the London 2012 Olympic Games through Friday’s Day 7, the end of half of the round of 16 matches which will finish on Saturday.
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 round of 16 began Saturday morning, even more impressive team and individual official statistics continue to reflect the depth and quality of the field here at Horse Guards Parade.
By the end of play Saturday, a total of eight teams in each gender will have advanced to quarterfinals which will be held for the women on Sunday and the Men on Monday.
Again, through Friday Day 7 of this Olympic Games competition, of the 42 women’s matches held, 23 were two-set matches with five seed breakthroughs with an average time of 35 minutes per match. The othe 19 matches all went to the tie-break saw just three seed breakthroughs with an average time of 54 minutes.
In the team stats catagory, Austria’s Doris Schwaiger/Stefanie Schwaiger have the most aces with 17 followed by Spain’s 16th-seeded Elsa Baquerizo/Liliana Fernandez with 16 and in a three-way tie for third with 15 aces each are China’s second-seeded Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, Switzerland’s Simone Kuhn/Nadine Zumkehr and USA’s Jennifer Kessy/April Ross.
In total blocks by a team, Russia’s 23rd-seeded Anastasia Vasina/Anna Vozakova lead with 20, and tied for second are Brazil’s fifth-seeded Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes with 16 Netherlands’ Madelein Meppelink/Sophie van Gestel with 16 total 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%
Austria’s Schwaiger sisters also lead with 106 digs, second is Russia’s Vasina/Vozakova with 87 and third is Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca with 83 total for the team.
Individually for the tournament, Russia’s young suprise team of these Olympic Games, Vasina/Vozakova, lead three of six catagories. Vasina is leading blocks with 20 total while Vozakova leads in points scored with 96 and digs with 73 with Austria’s Schwaiger sisters with 75 each and second in second in digs with 53.
In addition to leading two team categories, Austria’s Schwaiger sisters, who finished fifth in the Beijing 2008 Olympics, are also among the individual tournament leaders as Doris Schwaiger leads in aces with 13 and she is also tird in digs with 62.
Leading the other two catagories and their totals are, China’s Xue (attack success-68%) and Great Britain’s Zara Dampney (top serve speed, 93 km/h).
Third in points is Netherlands’ Meppelink with 83. Second in aces for the tournament is Spain’s Baquerizo with 12.
In the serving speed catagory, behind Dampney in second is Germany’s Katrin Holtwick (82 km/h) and USA’s April Ross (81 km/h) and Germany’s Sara Goller (79 km/h). In total blocks, tied for second behind Vasina are Brazil’s Talita Antunes and Netherlands’ with 16 each. Second in attack success percentage behind at 63 per cent is is Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta Silvaand third is USA’s Ross at 62%. Second behind Russia’s Vozakova in digs is Australia’s Cook with 65 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.
Single-match leaders are aces—tie between Brazil’s Maria Antonelli and Switzerland’s Simone Kuhn with seven each, blocks—Russia’s Vasina has the top two individual matches with nine against China and eight against Switzerland and digs—Russia‘ Evgenia Ukolova with 26 against Canada.
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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