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2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour update after nine events

Ending the first half of the 2014 FIVB World Tour, the Gstaad women's podium, from left, Germany's Britta Buthe/Karla Borger (silver), Germany's Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler (gold) and Czech Republic's Kristyna Kolocova/Marketa Slukova celebrate.
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 13, 2014 — Following another highly successful tournament in Gstaad, Switzerland, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) will now present back-to-back FIVB Grand Slams with special twists on the calendar of its 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.  

The next two FIVB Grand Slam tournaments will each have FIVB Grand Slam-record US$1,000,000 purses and one will be held in three cities for the first time in FIVB history.

The 2014 FIVB World Tour moves to the Netherlands this week with for the $1,000,000 FIVB The Hague Transavia Grand Slam. In preparation for hosting the 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, The Hague will be the anchor venue while some of the pool play matches will be played in Amsterdam and Apeldoorn. Next week the tour travels to USA’s Southern California for the $1,000,000 FIVB Long Beach Grand Slam.

Last week’s double-gender $800,000 FIVB Gstaad Grand Slam saw the United States win the men’s and Germany win the women’s gold medals. Brazil and the USA earned the other two men’s medals while Germany and the Czech Republic captured the other two women’s medals in the fifth double-gender FIVB Grand Slam on the 2014 event calendar. The FIVB Gstaad Grand Slam was the ninth event of the 2014 FIVB World Tour as well as being the fifth of 10 double-gender FIVB Grand Slam tournaments currently on the 2014 calendar.

In the men’s competition in Gstaad, winning the gold medal in a two-set finale for the United States was Phil Dalhausser/Season Rosenthal over Brazil’s Alvaro Filho/Ricardo Santos for the second straight week as both teams earned their second medals of the 2014 FIVB World Tour. Capturing the bronze medal was USA’s Nick Lucena/Ryan Doherty who advanced from the qualifier to defeat Germany’s Jonathan Erdmann/Kay Matysik.  Winning for the second straight event, it was the fifth career team FIVB gold medal for in 14 events together for USA’s Dalhausser/Rosenthal, the 28th individual career FIVB gold medal for Dalhausser and the ninth for Rosenthal.

The women’s gold medal went to Germany’s Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler in two sets in the all-German matchup over compatriot’s Karla Borger/Britta Buthe. In the women’s bronze medal match, Czech Republic’s Kristyna Kolocova/Marketa Slukova beat Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta/Maria Antonelli in two sets. It was the second career FIVB individual gold medal for Germany’s Holtwick/Semmler.

The FIVB Stavanger Grand Slam men’s champions (USA’s Dalhausser/Rosenthal) were competing in just their sixth event on the FIVB World Tour and moved up to the top of the 2014 season points and increased their margin at the top of the earnings list.

The FIVB Stavanger Grand Slam women’s gold medal winners (Germany’s Holtwick/Semmler) moved up to 11th in the season point standings and eighth in the money standings.

Gold in the FIVB Gstaad Grand Slam earned $57,000 for the winning team in each gender to split with $43,000 split by each silver medal team, $32,000 split by each of the two bronze medalists and $24,000 split by each of the fourth place teams.

The 2014 FIVB World Tour will be in the second of four consecutive double-gender FIVB Grand Slams in the Netherlands. After Gstaad last week the tour has moved to the Netherlands this week with events coming in Long Beach, Calif. (USA) and Klagenfurt, Austria over the next two weeks.

The top three teams in each gender at FIVB Grand Slam events receive 800, 720 and 640 points respectively on the 2014 FIVB World Tour.

USA’s Dalhausser/Rosenthal is the new point leader with 3,200 points. Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins is second with 3,050 points to in the men’s 2014 FIVB World Tour point standings followed by Brazil’s Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt with 2,890, Italy’s Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai fourth with 2,820 and Brazil’s Emanuel Rego/Pedro Salgado fifth with 2,620 points.

In the 2014 FIVB World Tour men’s season earnings, the leading team continues to be USA’s Dalhausser/Rosenthal with $172,000 followed by Italy’s Lupo/Nicolai $121,000 with $114,000 followed by Brazil’s Alison/Schmidt with $118,000, Latvia’s Samoilovs/J. Smedins with $107,500 and USA’s Lucena/Doherty with $96,000..

For the women, Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta/Maria Antonelli are still at the top with 3,680 points followed by China’s Fan Wang/Yuan Yue with 3,500, USA’s April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings with 3,420; Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas with 3,100 and Germany’s Borger/Buthe with 2,780.

In the 2014 FIVB World Tour women’s season earnings, continuing to lead is USA’s A. Ross/Walsh Jennings with $170,000 followed by Brazil’s Juliana/Antonelli with $125,375, Czech Republic’s Kolocova/Slukova with $122,000, China’s Fan Wang/Yuan Yue with $120,175 and Germany’s Borger/Buthe with $116,375.

In eight men’s tournaments so far in 2014 on the FIVB World Tour 11 countries have at least one final four placement. With six final four placements each to lead the way so far is Brazil (three silver medals, one bronze, two fourth places) and the United States (three gold medals, one silver, two bronze). With four final four placements each are Latvia (two gold medals, one silver, one fourth) and Italy (two gold medals, one silver, one fourth). Switzerland has three final four placements (two bronze medals, one fourth) as does Germany (one bronze, two fourths). With two is Russia (one gold, one silver) while Kazakhstan (fourth), Netherlands (bronze), Mexico (bronze) and Poland (silver) have the other final four placements so far with one final four for each country.

In nine women’s events to start the year, 10 countries have earned at least one final four finish.  Brazil leads with nine final four placements (one gold, four silvers, one bronze and three fourths), Germany has eight final fours (three gold medals, two silvers, two bronzes and one fourth). China has four (one silver, two bronze, one fourth). The United States has three final four placements (three gold medals) as does the Czech Republic (two gold medals, one bronze) and Spain (one silver, two fourths). Netherlands has two final four finishes (one bronze, one fourth) along Russia (one silver, one bronze) and Austria (one fourth). Slovakia (one bronze) have one final four finish each.

Based on percentage, statistically, in men’s action after eight events, USA’s Dalhausser/Rosenthal with a 29-6 record (82.9% winning percentage) followed by Brazil’s Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt with a 28-10 mark (73.7%), while third is Italy’s Lupo/Nicolai is 25-9 (73.5%), fourth is Brazil’s Alvaro Filho/Ricardo Santos  with 19-7 record (73.1%), fifth is Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins with a 28-11 record (71.8%), and sixth is USA’s John Hyden/Tri Bourne with a 25-10 mark (71.4%) The 29 match wins by USA’s Dalhausser/Rosenthal is the most by any men’s team so far this season on the FIVB World Tour with Brazil’s Alison/Schmidt and Latvia’s Samoilovs/J. Smedins ties for second with 28 wins each.

For the women to date following nine 2014 FIVB World Tour events, USA’s April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings continue to lead with a 32-3 record (91.4%) while second is Czech Republic’s Slukova/Kolocova with a 24-6 record (80.0%), third so far is Brazil’s Juliana/Antonelli with a 43-13 record (76.8%) while fourth is Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Taiana Lima with a 23-7 record (76.7%) and fifth is Germany’s Borther/Buthe with a 24-8 record (75.0%). The 43 match wins by Brazil’s Juliana/Antonelli is the most by any team on this year’s FIVB World Tour.

FIVB 2014
Based in Lausanne, Switzerland as the international governing body for the Olympic sports of Beach Volleyball and Volleyball, the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour calendar features a record purse of US$10.2 million with a season that extends from late April to mid-December competing at 19 venues in 17 countries.  This year’s FIVB World Tour includes a record 10 FIVB Grand Slam events, the inaugural Grand Slam Finale and 10 FIVB Open Tournaments throughout the world, helping expand the door for development of the sport even further.

The 10 FIVB Grand Slam competitions, all double-gender, have eight with $800,000 in total purses while both The Hague, Netherlands and the Long Beach, Calif., USA event have $1, 000,000 each in prize money, the most in FIVB Grand Slam history. The 10 FIVB Open tournaments in 2014, seven double-gender, two men only events and one women only event, have $150,000 total purses for the double gender events and $75,000 for the single-gender competitions.

As part of the initiatives of FIVB President Dr Ary S. Graça F° and his leadership team, the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball international calendar also includes a record four age-group FIVB World Championships along with the 2014 Nanjing (China) Youth Olympic Games (Aug. 17-27). The FIVB Beach Volleyball U17 World Championships (Acapulco, Mexico, July 15-20) will debut this year while the FIVB U23 World Championships (Myslowice, Poland, June 10-15) debuted in 2013. This year will mark the 14th annual FIVB U21World Championships (Larnaka, Cyprus, July 23-27) and the 13th annual FIVB U19 World Championships (Porto, Portugal, July 29-Aug. 3).

The 2014 FIVB age groups world championships got started in Poland in June with Poland’s Maciej Kosiak/Maciej Rudol winning the men’s gold medal for the home country and Australia’s Mariafe Artacho/Nicole Laird winning the women’s gold medal at the U23 FIVB World Championships.


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