TALKIN’ STATS: FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour - March 3
Next week the FIVB World Tour stop is the double-gender $800,000 FIVB Rio Grand Slam on Copacabana Beach, the site of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The FIVB World Tour is currently in the midst of the Olympic qualifying process for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games that ends on June 13.
Overall, Brazil has hosted 71 total previous FIVB World Tour events, at least one has been held every season that the FIVB has played beach volleyball. Rio de Janeiro has hosted 23 total events, including the 2003 World Championships. Fortaleza has hosted 10 total events, followed by Brasília with eight total events, Vitória also with eight, and Salvador with seven. There have been 38 total men’s events and 33 total women’s events. This will be the 15th men’s FIVB World Tour event in Rio and the ninth women’s FIVB World Tour stop in Rio.
With five men’s and three women’s tournaments now completed, here are some tantalizing tidbits from last week’s FIVB Maceió Open in Brazil that are from the scrumptious succulent smorgasbord of today’s treats on the FIVB Beach Volleyball menu:
• Three semifinalists but no Gold – At the FIVB Maceió Open, Brazil advanced three men’s teams to the semifinals for the 57th time at a FIVB World Tour event and the first time since the FIVB Prague Open in May, 2012. Brazil has struck gold in 47 of those events, but this is the fourth time in the last five that Brazil did not stand on top of the podium. Three of those shutouts were to Phil Dalhausser with Todd Rogers in Brasilia in April, 2010 and Kristiansand in August, 2010 and now with Nick Lucena.
• Top Two Men’s Seeds in Final – At the FIVB Maceió Open, the top two men’s seeds met in the gold medal match for the 23rd time and first since the FIVB Anapa Open in June, 2014. With second-seeded Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena of the United States capturing the gold medal, the number two seed has now won eight of the 23 meetings including the last two and four of the last five dating back to the FIVB Prague Open in May, 2011.
• Brazil Qualifies Four Men’s Teams for Main Draw – Four Brazilian men’s teams advanced through the qualifier into the main draw of the FIVB Maceió Open. This is the second-highest number of teams from any country to qualify for a men’s FIVB World Tour main draw. Brazil had five teams advance through the qualifier at the FIVB Rio de Janeiro Open in September, 2015.
Maceio Open bronze medallists Gustavo Carvalhaes (left) and Saymon Barbosa
The four qualifying teams in Maceió were:
• Saymon Barbosa/Gustavo Carvalhaes (Q 10th seed), bronze medal
• Bruno de Paula/Hevaldo Moreira (Q19), 9th place
• Thiago Santos Barbosa/George Wanderley (Q21), 9th place
• Harley Marques/Ricardo Santos (Q6), 25th place
• Men’s Players with Best Finish in Maceió – Here are the men’s players who enjoyed their best main draw finish at the FIVB Maceió Open:
• Player, Country, Finish, Previous Best
• George Wanderley, Brazil, 9th, 25th (Rio de Janeiro, 2015)
• Andre Loyola, Brazil, 9th, 17th (Puerto Vallarta, 2015)
• Men’s Top Rookies for 2016 – In order to qualify as a rookie, a player must not have participated in a FIVB World Tour main draw from a previous season. In the FIVB Maceió Open, the top men’s rookie finisher was Brazil’s George Wanderley, finishing 9th and earning 120 points. Turkey’s Hasan Mermer and Sefa Urlu and Denmark’s Kristoffer Abell each finished 25th for 30 points. The men have now held five events on the 2016 FIVB World Tour Calendar. This stat will be updated after each event to track the progress of the top new players.
• Hasan Mermer, Turkey, 240 points
• Sefa Urlu, Turkey, 240
• Kristoffer Abell, Denmark, 210
• Edgars Tocs, Latvia, 210
• Christian Sorum, Norway, 180
• Mark Burik, United States, 150
• Rahman Raoufi, Iran, 120
• Ahmed Tijan, Qatar, 120
• George Wanderley, Brazil, 120
• 4 players tied with 90
Eduarda Lisboa and Elize Maia during the anthems at the Maceio Open
• Women’s First-Time Gold Medallists – Neither Eduarda Lisboa nor Elize Maia of Brazil had won and FIVB World Tour event before the FIVB Maceió Open. This is the ninth time in the 36 events since 2014 that both women’s winners captured their first FIVB World Tour gold medal, including five times in 2014 and three times in 2015. Only 1994, the third women’s season with four new winning duos and 2008 with three have had as many first-time winners.
• Women’s Qualifier Captures Gold – Not only was the gold medal at the FIVB Maceió Open the first for Eduarda Lisboa and Elize Maia, they also joined an elite group of seven teams to win the gold medal after advancing to the main draw through the qualification tournament. Eduarda and Elize were the second-seeded qualification team. Here are the other six teams to accomplish the feat:
• Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca, Brazil (Q 1st seed), Stare Jablonki Grand Slam, August, 2014
• Fernanda Alves/Taiana Lima, Brazil (Q1), The Hague Grand Slam, July, 2014
• Ekaterina Birlova/Evgeniya Ukolova, Russia (Q3), Klagenfurt Grand Slam, July, 2012
• Jennifer Kessy/April Ross, United States (Q21), Stavanger Grand Slam, June, 2007
• Leila Barros/Ana Paula Henkel, Brazil (Q1), Montreal Open, July, 2006
• Talita Antunes/Renata Ribeiro, Brazil (Q1), Athens Open, September, 2005
• Three German Women’s Teams in Final 8 – Germany placed three women’s teams in the quarterfinals of the FIVB Maceió Open for just the sixth time in a FIVB World Tour event, and this is just the second time that they all failed to make the semifinals. Germany had won the gold medal at the FIVB Anapa Open in May, 2014, won silver and bronze medals at the FIVB Prague Open in May, 2014, won silver and finished 4th at the FIVB Durban Open in December, 2013, all finished fifth at the FIVB Corrientes Grand Slam in May, 2013, and won gold and finished 4th at the Marseille World Series in July, 2008.
• Women’s Players with Best Finish in Maceió – Here are the women’s players who enjoyed their best main draw finish at the FIVB Maceió Open:
• Player, Country, Finish, Previous Best
• Eduarda Lisboa, Brazil, 1st, 2nd (Puerto Vallarta, 2015)
• Elize Maia, Brazil, 1st, 2nd (Puerto Vallarta, 2015)
Russia's Elizaveta Zayonchkovskaya diving for the Mikasa
• Women’s Top Rookies for 2016 – In the FIVB Maceio Open, the top women’s rookie finisher was Argentina’s Maria Julia Benet, finishing 17th and earning 60 points. Six other rookies failed to qualify for the main draw, finishing 41st and each earning 15 points. The women have competed in three events on the 2016 FIVB World Tour Calendar. This stat will be updated after each event to track the progress of the top new players.
• Elizaveta Zayonchkovskaya, Russia, 105 points
• Valentyna Davidova, Ukraine, 90
• Inna Makhno, Ukraine, 90
• Gloria Santoyo, Mexico, 90
• Ievgeniia Shchypkova, Ukraine, 90
• Esra Cetin, Turkey, 75
• Monica Lestini, Italy, 75
• Merve Nezir, Turkey, 75
• 14 players tied with 60
ON THE HORIZON
Placement points for the FIVB Olympic Rankings for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games continue for the next two weeks in Brazil. The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour resumes with the FIVB Rio Grand Slam (March 8-13) followed by the FIVB Vitoria Open (March 15-20). In all, Brazil is hosting five international events in 2016. In addition to Maceió, Rio and Vitoria will be the FIVB Fortaleza Open (April 26-May 1) and concluding with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games (Aug. 6-18).
The FIVB Rio Grand Sam in Brazil will be the 335th men’s tournament since the FIVB began play in 1987 and the 297th FIVB women’s tournament since they started competition in 1992.
Based in Lausanne, Switzerland as the international governing body for the Olympic sports of Beach Volleyball and Volleyball, the 2016 FIVB Beach Volleyball calendar featured a purse of US$8.8 million with a season that extended from last October to this October, competing at 23 venues in 13 countries. The schedule includes five FIVB Grand Slams, three Swatch FIVB Major Series events, 14 FIVB Opens and the special Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals in the United States. The showcase event will be the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil (Aug. 6-18).
The 2015 portion of the 2016 FIVB World Tour calendar started in October in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and included two more open events prior to the remainder of the schedule resuming at the FIVB Kish Island Open in Iran in February.
ROAD TO RIO
The Olympic qualification process began in 2015 with all FIVB World Tour events (except the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals) in 2015 up until June 13, 2016 counting towards the Olympic Ranking in order to determine 15 spots for each gender that will take part in each 24-team field in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Copacabana Beach in Brazil in August. Counting the FIVB Rio Grand Slam, 11 men’s and nine women’s events remain on the Olympic qualifying calendar for the FIVB World Tour.
FIVB WORLD TOUR PURSES
The five FIVB Grand Slam and three Swatch FIVB Major Series competitions on the 2016 schedule, all double-gender, each have $800,000 in total purses. The total of $500,000 will be the purse for the Swatch FIVB World Tour Season Final which will feature the top eight teams in each gender and two wild card teams.
The 14 FIVB Open tournaments on 2016 calendar, 11 double-gender, and three men’s only, have $150,000 total purses for the double gender events and $75,000 for the single-gender competitions.
The gold medal teams in each gender at FIVB Grand Slam and Swatch FIVB Major Series events split $57,000, the silver $43,000, the bronze $32,000 and fourth place $24,000. The gold medal teams in each gender at FIVB Open tournaments each split $11,000, the silver $8,000, the bronze $6,000 and fourth place $4,500.
FIVB EVENT FORMAT
Implemented in 2013, the format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments – whether FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam or FIVB Beach Volleyball Open – are the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds. Country Quota playoffs returned as needed in 2015 to determine the final teams for the qualification tournament.