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2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour update after 13 events

Brazil's Pedro Salgado, left and Alvaro Filho enjoyed their first FIVB World Tour event as a team, going 7-0 and won the gold medal over Latvia's Janis Smedins, second from left and Aleksandrs Samoilovs at the FIVB Stare Jablonki Grand Slam.
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 24, 2014 — Following last week’s return to an annually popular event site in Poland that hosted last year’s world championships, the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) will now begin a lengthy break on the calendar of its 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. 

Following last week’s FIVB Stare Jablonki Grand Slam, the FIVB World Tour takes a one month respite before resuming with the $800,000 FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam in Brazil.

Last week’s double-gender $800,000 FIVB Stare Jablonki Grand Slam in the Mazury region of Poland saw Brazil treat near-capacity crowds to win both the men’s and women’s gold medals for the second straight FIVB World Tour event. Completing the men’s podium in Stare Jablonki were teams from Latvia and the United States. While Brazil won the women’s gold medal as well in Poland, Germany captured both the silver and bronze medals The FIVB Stare Jablonki Grand Slam was the 13th event of the 2014 FIVB World Tour as well as being the ninth of 10 double-gender FIVB Grand Slam tournaments on the 2014 calendar. For the South American beach volleyball powerhouse, it was the 173rd gold medal for Brazil out of 309 men’s all-time FIVB World Tour events and 134th gold for Brazil out of 273 women’s all-time FIVB World Tour events.

In the men’s competition, winning the gold medal in impressive fashion was Brazil’s newest pairing of seventh-seeded Pedro Salgado/Alvaro Filho who overcame last year’s No. 1 ranked team in the world in three-sets in Latvia’s Alexandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins. Brazil’s Salgado/Filho won their just first FIVB gold medal in their first FIVB World Tour event as a tandem. Individually it was the 14th career FIVB gold medal for Salgado, who won the 2013 FIVB World Tour point championship with Bruno Oscar Schmidt and the second FIVB World Tour career gold for Filho. Capturing the bronze medal was USA’s Jake Gibb/Sean Patterson who won in straight sets over Austria’s Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst. For USA’s Gibb/Patterson, who have played in 20 FIVB World Tour events over the last two seasons, it was their third bronze medal and sixth final four finish.

In just their fourth tournament as a team, winning the gold was for the second straight tournament by Brazil’s Larissa Franca/Talita Antunes who defeated Germany’s Laura Ludwig/Julia Sude in three sets. In another match-up between the two powerful beach volleyball countries, the women’s bronze medal match saw Germany’s Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler defeat Brazil’s Taiana Lima/Fernanda Alves.

Advancing again from the qualification tournament and recording a perfect 8-0 match record in Stare Jablonki, it was the 48th career FIVB gold medal for Brazil’s Larissa and the 20th career FIVB gold medal for Brazil’s Talita. While it was the first gold medal in Stare Jablonki for Talita, is was the fifth straight for Larissa who won gold with Juliana Felisberta in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 before taking last year off from the FIVB World Tour.

Last week’s FIVB Stare Jablonki Grand Slam men’s champions (Brazil’s Salgado/Filho) had a perfect 7-0 match record, earned 800 points in the 2014 FIVB World Tour point standings and $57,000 for their gold medal payday in Poland for a very healthy start to a new partnership on the court. Salgado started the 2014 year with the iconic Emanuel Rego and recorded two fourth place finishes (Shanghai and Berlin) and one bronze medal (The Hague). Filho played the 2013 season and started the 2014 season with the legendary Ricardo Santos and that duo played 19 total FIVB World Tour events together winning one gold (2013 in Gstaad, Switzerland), two silver medals (including 2014 in Stavanger, Norway) and had six total final four placements.

The FIVB Stare Jablonki Slam women’s gold medal winners (Brazil’s Larissa/Talita) have only played in four events so far this year and don’t appear in the top 25 list in the season point standings yet and are already 10th in the money standings on the 2014 FIVB World Tour.

Gold in last week’s $800,000 FIVB Stare Jablonki 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.

After Stare Jablonki, the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour takes a month hiatus before resuming in Brazil with the $800,000 FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam, Sept. 23-28 in Southern Brazil. It will be the last of 10 FIVB Grand Slams in 2014 and the second straight year in São Paulo..

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. With a ninth-place finish in Poland, USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Sean Rosenthal duo continues as the men’s point leader with 5,440 points. Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins tandem is second with 5,290 points in the men’s 2014 FIVB World Tour point standings followed by Brazil’s Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt with 4,970, Poland’s Mariusz Prudel/Grzegorz Fijalek fourth with 4,240, fifth is Italy’s Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai with 4,140 points and USA’s John Hyden/Tri Bourne is sixth with 3,920,.

In the 2014 FIVB World Tour men’s season earnings, the leading team continues to be USA’s Dalhausser/Rosenthal with $318,000 followed by Brazil’s Alison/Schmidt with $230,000, Poland’s Fijalek/Prudel third with $229,000, Latvia’s Samoilovs/J. Smedins fourth with $216,500 and Italy’s Lupo/Nicolai fifth with $187,000.

For the women, Brazil’s Juliana Felisberta/Maria Antonelli are still at the top with 5,760 points followed by Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas with 5,500, USA’s Ross/Walsh Jennings with 4,940, , China’s Fan Wang/Yuan Yue fourth with 4,500, fifth is Germany’s Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler with 4,370and sixth is Spain’s Liliana Fernandez/Elsa Baquerizo with 4,360.

In the 2014 FIVB World Tour women’s season earnings, continuing to lead is USA’s A. Ross/Walsh Jennings with $265,000 followed by Brazil’s Brazil’s Juliana/Antonelli second with $233,375, Brazil’s Bednarczuk/Seixas third with $229,000, Germany’s Holtwick/Semmler fourth with $207,000 and Spain’s Fernandez/Baquerizo fifth with $184,000.

In 12 men’s tournaments so far in 2014 on the FIVB World Tour, 13 countries have at least one final four placement. With 10 final four placements to lead the way so far are Brazil (two gold medals, three silver medals, two bronze medals, three fourth places) and the United States (four gold medals, one silver medal, four bronze, one fourth). With six final four placements each are Latvia (two gold medals, two silvers, two fourth places) followed by Italy with five (two gold medals, two silver medals, one fourth). With four final four placements is Germany (one bronze, three fourths). With three final four placements each are Poland (one gold, two silvers) and Switzerland (two bronze medals, one fourth) With two is Russia (one gold, one silver) while Australia (bronze), Austria (fourth), Kazakhstan (fourth), Netherlands (bronze) and Mexico (bronze) have the other final four placements so far with one final four for each country.

In 13 women’s events so far this year, 11 countries have earned at least one final four finish.  Brazil leads with 17 final four placements (four gold medals, six silver medals, three bronze medals and four fourths), Germany has 11 final fours (three gold medals, four silvers, three bronzes and one fourth). China has four (one silver, two bronze, one fourth) along with Czech Republic (two gold medals, one bronze, one fourth), Spain (one silver, three fourths) and the United States also has four final four placements (four gold medals). Netherlands has two final four finishes (one bronze, one fourth) along with Russia (one silver medal, one bronze) and the Slovak Republic (two bronze medals). Austria (one fourth) and Italy (one fourth place) have one final four finish each.

Based on percentage, statistically, in men’s action after 12 events, USA’s Dalhausser/Rosenthal leads with a 48-10 record (82.8% winning percentage) followed by Brazil’s Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt with a 44-17 mark (72.1%), while third is Italy’s Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo at 36-14 (72.0%), fourth is Latvia’s Samoilovs/J. Smedins with a 46-18 record (71.9%), fifth is USA’s John Hyden/Tri Bourne with a 40-16 mark (71.4%) and sixth is Germany’s Jonathan Erdmann/Kay Matysik with a 29-14 record (67.4%). The 48 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 Latvia’s Samoilovs/J. Smedins second with 46 wins and third is Brazil’s Alison/Schmidt with 44 wins.

For the women to date, following 13 events on the 2014 FIVB World Tour, USA’s April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings continue to lead with a 45-5 record (90.0%) while second is Brazil’s newest team of Larissa/Talita at 21-4 (84.0%), third is Czech Republic’s Marketa Slukova/Kristyna Kolocova with a 36-10 record (78.3%), fourth so far is Brazil’s Juliana/Antonelli with a 60-20 record (75.%) while fifth is Brazil’s Bednarczuk/Seixas at 49-17 (74.2%). The 60 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 nine 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 nine FIVB Open tournaments in 2014, seven double-gender, one men only event 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 included a record four age-group FIVB World Championships and the 2014 Nanjing (China) Youth Olympic Games Aug. 17-27).

Poland’s Maciej Kosiak/Maciej Rudol won the men’s gold medal for the home country and Australia’s Mariafe Artacho/Nicole Laird capturing the women’s gold medal for the second annual FIVB U23 World Championships in Myslowice, Poland. Capturing the gold medals in the inaugural FIVB U17 World Championships in Acapulco, Mexico were Switzerland’s Florian Breer/Yves Haussener and USA’s Morgan Martin/Kathryn Plummer. Winning the 14th FIVB U21 World Championships in Larnaka, Cyprus were Poland’s Michal Bryl/Kacper Kujawiak  and Canada’s Sophie Bukovec/Tiadora Miric. The 13th FIVB U19 World Championships in Porto Portugal were won by Brazil’s Arthur Mariano/George Wanderley for the men and in the women’s competition the winners were Brazil’s Andressa Cavalanti/Eduarda Lisboa.


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