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Brazil’s Cunha/Ricardo strong in men's beach volleyball stats in London


Brazil's four-time Olympian Ricardo Santos and Pedro Cunha are 4-0 heading into tonight's men's quarterfinals at Horse Guards Parade and the team is among the statistical leaders as a team and individually at the London 2012 Olympic Games

London, Great Britain, August 6, 2012 – Statistics reveal a lot about how a team is doing or how an individual is doing and this is easily seen with a view of the men’s stats at this year’s beach volleyball competition of the London 2012 Olympic Games through Saturday’s Day 8. 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.

Following a day of rest Sunday while the women had their quarterfinal matches,  men’s quarterfinals will be held Monday night. 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 Saturday’s Day 8 of this Olympic Games competition, of the 46 men’s matches held, 34 were two-set matches with eight seed breakthroughs with an average time of 39 minutes per match.  The 12 matches that have gone to the tie-break has seen 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 15 followed by Germany’s third-seeded Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann with 13 and third is USA’s second-seeded Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers with 12.

In total blocks by a team, Italy’s 13th-seeded Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai lead with 27 while while second is Brazil’s top-seeded Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego with 23 and tied for third is Poland’s ninth-seeded Grzegorz Fijalek/Mariusz and Germany’s Erdmann/Matysik with 21 and four is USA’s Dalhausser/Rogers with 20 as a team.

In team attack success percentage, leading is Brazil’s seventh-seeded Pedro Cunha/Ricardo Santos with 62% while second is Netherlands’ fifth-seeded Reindeer Nummerdor/Richard Schuil at 61% and third is Latvia’s 17th-seeded Martins Plavins/Janis Smedins at 59%.

In team digs, Switzerland’s 15th-seeded Sascha Heyer/Sebastian Chevallier lead wtih 82, followed by Latvia’s Plavins/Smedins with 78 and third is Russia’s 22nd-seeded Sergey Prokopyev/Konstantin Semenov with 78.

Individually, Russia’s Semenov and USA’s Dalhausser are tied in attack success percentage with 66% and Dalhausser is tied with Germany’s Matysik with nine total aces.

Leading the other four individual catagories and their totals after Day 8 are Germany’s Jonathan Erdmann (points-121), Italy’s Paolo Nicolai (blocks-27), Switzerland’s Sebastian Chevellier (digs-62) and Latvia’s Ruslans Sorokins (top serve speed, 99 km/h).

Brazil’s four-time Olympian Ricardo Santos is third in attack success percentage with 64%.

Second in points is Spain’s Pablo Herrera with 97 while third is Russia’s Prokopyev with 92.

Second in blocks is Brazil’s Alison with 23 and tied for third are Poland’s Prudel and Germany’s Erdmann with 21 each.

In the digs category, in second is Latvia’s Plavins has 59 and third is USA’s Todd Rogers.

In some of the miscellaneous numbers, the longest men’s match through Saturday 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.

For single-match highs, statistical leaders are:Canada’s Martin Reader (aces-5), tied for most blocks in a match are Germany’s Erdmann and USA’s Dalhausser with nine each, and Russia’s Sergey Prokopyev (29 digs).

Brazil’s Alison and Ricardo are tied for their with single game highs of eight blocks with Cerutti getting it twice and Ricardo once so far.

In digs in a single match, Switzerland’s Sebastian Chevallier is second with 26 and USA’s Rogers is third with 25.

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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