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World Tour heads to Germany after US stop

It was a crowded arena for the men's gold medal match in Long Beach

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 31, 2013Enjoying the first FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event back in the United States in a decade at the highly-successful Southern California’s $440,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, the tour takes a week off before returning to Germany next week for the double-gender $440,000 FIVB Berlin Grand Slam. The event in Germany will be the seventh of 10 grand slams on the 2013 FIVB World Tour.

With a busy week completed with a Grand Slam in the United States and an Open event in Anapa (Russia), Brazil continues to pace the men and women’s FIVB Beach Volleyball standings. Continuing to ride atop the men’s season point standings is Brazil’s new team of Pedro Salgado/Bruno Schmidt while leading the women’s competition is another new Brazilian team, Taiana Lima/Talita Antunes.

While Brazil is at the top of the FIVB World Tour after seven of 10 events in the 2013 season, USA’s Sean Rosenthal/Phil Dalhausser won the men’s gold medal and Taiana Lima/Talita Antunes won the women’s gold medal at last week’s FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam, the FIVB World Tour’s first visit to the United States since 2003.

The sixth double-gender Grand Slam of the 2013 FIVB World Tour was held this past week in Long Beach, United States. For the men, the USA took the gold medal with Phil Dalhausser/Sean Rosenthal defeating Spain’s Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera (21-15, 21-18) in 45 minutes. It was the pair’s third FIVB World Tour/Open victory of the season, the 26th career win for Dalhausser and the seventh for Rosenthal.

On the women’s side in Long Beach, in an all-Brazilian final, Taiana Lima/Talita Antunes claimed their fourth FIVB World Tour/Open gold medal of 2013 with a win over sisters Maria Clara and Carolina Salgado (20-22, 21-15, 15-13) in 61 minutes. It was Lima’s fourth career victory and the 17th for Antunes.

Also on the FIVB international schedule this past week was an Open event in Anapa, Russia where the host country swept both gold medals in finals over Germany. For the women, Russia’s Ekaterina Khomyakova/Evgeniya Ukolova Ukolova defeated Germany’s Teresa Mersmann/Isabel Schneider (21-10, 21-14) in 31 minutes and in a three-set battle, Russia’s Yaroslav Koshkarev/Konstantin Semenov won the men’s gold over Germany’s Lars Flüggen/Alexander Walkenhorst (25-23, 24-26, 15-13) in 59 minutes.

The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour takes this week off before moving back to Europe for the US$440,000 Berlin Grand Slam from August 6 to 11 and the US$440,000 Moscow Grand Slam from August 21-25. It was the second FIVB gold medal for Russia’s Khomyakova/Ukolova and first for Koshkarev/Semenov.

After returning to the USA for the first time in a decade for an FIVB World Tour event, Brazil’s Salgado/Schmidt have collected 4,740 points and the lead while Latvia’s second-place Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins take 440 points and USA’s Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson 490 points. In the season earnings race, Brazil’s Salgado/Schmidt continue to lead with $133,275, followed by Brazil’s Ricardo Santos/Alvaro Filho with $124.500 and Latvia’s Smedins/Samoilovs with $114,700. All three of the top teams are playing in their first full season together.

In 2013 FIVB women’s international competition, Brazil’s Lima/Antunes duo continues to lead with 5,130 points and $165,000 in earnings. Second in points is Brazil’s Barbara Seixas/Liliane Maestrini with 4,140 and second in earnings is China’s veteran duo of Xue/Zhang with $114,000.

While third in points are Brazil’s sister duo Maria Clara Salgado/Carolina Salgado with 4,020, in fourth place is now Germany’s Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler and fifth is Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Maria Antonelli with 3,740 points and sixth is Madelein Meppelink/Sophie van Gestel of the Netherlands with 3,310 points and third among the money leaders is Brazil’s Seixas/Maestrini with $103, 375. The Salgado sisters are fourth in money with $95,000 and in fifth is Germany’s Karla Borger/Britta Buthe with $78,300.

Statistically in the FIVB men’s international competition, Brazil’s Salgado/Schmidt duo has a 39-12 match record so far for a 76.5% winning percentage, third highest on the FIVB World Tour. Based on winning percentage to date, USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Sean Rosenthal duo remains first at 84.6% (33-6), followed by Latvia’s Smedins/Samoilovs at 80.0% (36-9), and Brazil’s Salgado/Schmidt. Italy’s Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo is fourth at 72.7% (32-12), USA’s Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson tandem is fifth at 71.7% (23-13), and Brazil’s Ricardo Santos/Alvaro Filho is sixth at 70.2% (33-14).

In this year’s FIVB women’s international play, Brazil’s Lima/Antunes duo has the second highest winning percentage at 85.7% (42-7) as China’s Xue/Zhang have played in four of eight events this year and have an amazing 92.6% (25-2) to lead. Third is Brazil’s Barbara Seixas/Liliane Maestrini at 75.5% (36-12), USA’s April Ross/Jennifer Kessy at 75.0% (24-8), followed by Brazilian sisters Maria Clara Salgado/Carolina Salgado at 74.5% (31-11), Germany’s Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler at 72.01% (33-12), Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczk/Maria Antonelli at 72.1% (31-12) and Netherlands’ Meppelink/van Gestel at 70.0% (28-12) to complete the top eight.

With Dalhausser/Rosenthal (Fuzhou, Rome, Long Beach) having won three gold medals on the FIVB men’s international season scorecard, while USA’s Gibb/Patterson (Shanghai), Latvia’s Smedins/Samoilovs (Corrientes), Brazil’s Salgado/Schmidt (The Hague), the Netherlands’ Brouwer/Meeuwsen (Stare Jablonki) and Brazil’s Santos/Filho (Gstaad) each have one gold medal so far this season.

On the FIVB women’s international season scorecard, Brazil’s Antunes/Lima (Shanghai, The Hague, Rome, Long Beach) have four gold medals while China’s Xue/Zhang team has won three gold medals this year (Fuzhou, Stare Jablonki and Gstaad) and Netherlands’ van Gestel/Meppelink (Corrientes) has one gold medal.

The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour comprises 10 Grand Slam events and the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Not part of the World Tour but still counting towards the FIVB World Rankings, points and earnings, the FIVB yearly calendar also includes seven Open events (five double-gender tournaments and two women-only) throughout the world to help open the door for development of the sport.

The 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour will end in Brazil with the $440,000 FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam to be held October 9-13


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