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FIVB Providing Official Statistics For All 208 Matches at SWATCH FIVB World Championships

SWATCH FIVB World Championships - Top statistical leaders are April Ross (left, serving speed) and Jen Kessy (hitting percentage) of the United States

Official tournament statistics:

Stavanger, Norway, July 1, 2009 – For the first time in the history of the world championships of Beach Volleyball and just the second time in the history of the SWATCH FIVB World Tour, official statistics are being kept for all matches for both genders (208 total) in the 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Championships being presented by ConocoPhillips through this Sunday in Stavanger, Norway.

Led by Beach Volleyball pairs from Brazil, Germany and the United States, a total of 96 teams from 32 countries and all five confederations have been playing under incredibly sunny Northern skies in the 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Championships presented by ConocoPhillips being held dockside on a purpose-built facility that features a spectacular 8,000-seat centre court on the picturesque Vaagen Harbour in Stavanger.

Featuring US$1-million in prize money, the 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Championships started 48 men’s and 48 women’s teams competing on the courts on the Vaagen Harbour docks as Stavanger hosts a SWATCH FIVB World Tour event for the 11th-straight season.

Under the direct supervision of FIVB Press Delegate Tim Simmons of the United States, a team of experienced Beach Volleyball press specialists have been brought to Stavanger to execute this special project for the FIVB.

A statistical crew headed by Doug Strauss, based in Denver, Colo., is compiling statistics for each match at the event, marking the first time out of the seven times the world championships have been held that statistics are being kept.  Working with Strauss, who has worked beach volleyball competitions at all four Olympics, are Dennis Wagner, of Chesapeake, Va., developer and webmaster of the popular website, Dominic Clark, of Las Vegas, Nev., a special events consultant who has worked in both American domestic and international pro beach volleyball for over 15 years, and Mimi Strauss, of Denver, who has worked with press operations on the American domestic tour since 2004.

“We are extremely pleased and excited to be able to bring this element to our press information services for the FIVB and the SWATCH FIVB World Championships,” said Simmons, the veteran Olympic press coordinator and SWATCH FIVB World Tour press delegate who heads BFish Inc. out of his home in Longmont, Colo. “We have secured a team of experienced beach volleyball press specialists with extensive experience in keeping stats for beach volleyball.”

“Other than the four Olympics where beach volleyball has been a medal sport and the 2003 world tour event in Rhodes, Greece, this is the first event where statistics for all matches are being kept. So far it has been a very popular addition to our press information program for an FIVB event.”

For all pool play matches and single-elimination matches, statistics being kept include Service Aces, Service Errors, Attacks, Kills, Hitting Percentage (calculated by kills minus errors divided by total attacks), Digs, Blocks and the fastest serves on the SWATCH Centre Court.

Following the 72 pool play matches played by each gender, men’s category leaders are:

Aces: Julius Brink, Germany (8), Digs: Sean Rosenthal, United States (37, 4.630 average per set), Blocks: Alison Cerutti, Brazil (20, 3.33 ave), Hitting Percentage: Jonas Reckermann, Germany (.846 percent, 26 attacks, 23 kills, 1 error) and Top SWATCH Centre Court Serves: Igor Kolodinsky, Russia (103.5 km/h).

For the women, leaders through Wednesday (72 pool play matches) are:

Aces: Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgium (11), Digs: Tatiana Barerra, France (44, 6.29 ave), Blocks: Liesbeth Mouha, Belgium, Greece (14, 1.75 ave), Hitting Percentage: Jennifer Kessy, United States (.828 percent, 58 attacks, 49 kills, 1 error), and Top SWATCH Centre Court Serves: April Ross, United States (85.3 km/h).

The 2009 SWATCH FIVB World Championships featured pool play matches through Wednesday to set the field for the 32-team single-elimination brackets that begin Thursday.  The women’s medal matches will be held on Saturday followed by the men’s podium placement matches on Sunday.  The winning teams will share the $60,000 first-place prizes.


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