2016 FIVB World Tour update following FIVB Rio Grand Slam in Brazil
With the qualifying process for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games fully resumed, the 2016 FIVB World Tour heads north in Brazil this week for the $150,000 FIVB Vitória Open.
Last week saw a team from Poland win the men’s gold medal and a team from the United States win the women’s gold medal at the $800,000 FIVB Rio Grand Slam in Brazil. It was the sixth men’s event and fourth women’s event on the 2016 FIVB World Tour.
• Rio Grand Slam website
• Country quota results - Men
• Country quota results - Women
• Qualification - Men
• Qualification - Women
• Main draw - Men
• Main draw - Women
In the men’s competition this past week in Brazil, winning the gold medal with a perfect 9-0 record was Poland’s 23rd-seeded qualifying team of Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak, who won the gold medal match in straight sets over Brazil’s fourth-seeded Evandro Goncalves/Pedro Solberg 2-0 (21-19, 23-21) in 45 minutes. It was the first career FIVB World Tour title for Poland’s Kantor/Losiak duo who have won the FIVB U19, FIVB U21 and FIVB U23 World Championships.
In the bronze medal match in Rio, Netherlands’ fifth-seeded 2013 FIVB World Champions Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen defeated Poland’s 15th-seeded Olympians Grzegorz Fijalek/Mariusz Prudel, 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 20-18) in 62 minutes.
In the Rio semifinals, Poland’s Kantor/Losiak defeated their Polish compatriots Fijalek/Prudel in straight sets, 2-0 (21-17, 23-21) in 42 minutes and Brazil’s Evandro/Pedro needed three sets to beat the Netherlands’ Brouwer/Meeuwsen 2-1 (21-12, 19-21, 15-6) in just 50 minutes to advance to the gold medal match.
In the women’s competition in Rio, USA’s eighth-seeded April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings compiled a perfect 7-0 record, winning the gold medal match over Poland’s surprising 12th-seeded Kinga Kolosinska/Monika Brzostek in straight sets, 2-0 (21-15, 21-13) in just 31 minutes. In their first FIVB World Tour event since last September when Walsh Jennings had her fifth shoulder surgery, it was the seventh FIVB gold medal and 10th final four finish in 21 FIVB World Tour events as a team.
The American duo now has a 102-19 match record as a team. In their illustrious careers, three-time Olympic gold medallist Walsh Jennings, who has played in 79 FIVB World Tour finals, has now won 51 FIVB gold medals, 16 silver medals, eight bronze medals and four fourth-place finishes while 2012 Olympic silver medallist Ross, who has played in 47 FIVB World Tour finals, now has won 17 FIVB gold medals, 13 silver medals, 10 bronze medals and seven fourth-place finishes.
In the women’s bronze medal match in Rio, Germany’s 10th-seeded Karla Borger/Britta Buthe held off the challenge of Switzerland’s 20th-seeded Isabelle Forrer/Anouk Vergé-Dépré, 2-1 (21-18, 18-21, 15-10) in 48 minutes.
To reach the gold medal match in Rio, in their semifinals, USA’s Ross/Walsh Jennings came back from an overwhelming first-set loss to defeat Germany’s Borger/Buthe, 2-1 (9-21, 21-17, 15-10) in 45 minutes while Poland’s Kolosinska/Brzostek also battled through three sets to overcome Switzerland’s Forrer/Vergé-Dépré, 2-1 (21-13, 13-21, 15-13) in 44 minutes.
MEN’S WINNERS SHARE
Last week’s FIVB Rio Grand Slam men’s champions Kantor/Losiak of Poland picked up the FIVB Grand Slam gold medal purse of $57,000. Brazil’s runners-up Evandro/Pedro earned $43,000 in prize money while the Netherlands’ bronze medallists Brouwer/Meeuwsen earned $32,000 and Poland’s Fijalek/Prudel received $24,000 in prize money for their fourth place finish.
WOMEN’S WINNERS ROLL
USA's Kerri Walsh against Poland
Last week’s FIVB Rio Grand Slam women’s champions Ross/Walsh Jennings of the USA earned the winners' $57,000 purse. Poland’s Brzostek/Kolosinka collected the runners-up $43,000 purse to split from their silver medal placement and Germany’s Borger/Büthe earned $32,000 for their bronze medal finish. Switzerland’s fourth place finishers Forrer/Vergé-Dépré earned $24,000 in prize money.
After six men’s events on the 2015-2016 FIVB World Tour, Poland’s Kantor/Bartosz Losiak tandem have extended their lead in the FIVB World Tour point standings with 2,280 points. USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena are second in the standings with 1,930. Third are Italy’s Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri with 1,760 points, fourth with 1,630 points are Germany’s Markus Böckermann/Lars Flüggen duo and Mexico’s Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen duo are fifth with 1,410 points.
In the 2016 FIVB World Tour men’s season earnings after six events, Poland’s Kantor/Losiak tandem lead with $73,750. Brazil’s Evandro/Pedro duo are second with $51,000 and USA’s Dalhausser/Lucena duo are third with $47,000. Fourth are the Netherlands’ Brouwer/Meeuwsen with $40,000 and fifth with $32,125 in prize winnings are Italy’s Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri. Sixth are Germany’s Markus Bockermann/Lars Fluggen with $27,875, seventh are Poland’s Fijalek/Prudel with $27,375 and eighth are Mexico’s Ontiveros/Virgin with $25,750.
For the women after four 2015-2016 FIVB World Tour events, Italy’s Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth continue at the top of the point leader board with 1,630 points, Germany’s Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst tandem are second with 1,280 points while Switzerland’s Forrer/Vergé-Dépré are third with 1,220 points while fourth are Argentina’s Ana Gallay/Georgina Klug with 1,160 points and fifth with 1,110 points are Brazil’s Eduarda Lisboa/Elize Maia.
In the 2016 FIVB World Tour women’s season earnings after four events, USA’s Ross/Walsh Jennings are in the top spot with $57,000, while second with $45,000 are Poland’s Brzostek/Kolosinska and third are Germany’s Borger/Büthe with $35,375. Fourth are Italy’s Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth eith $34,375 and Germany’s Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst are fifth with $31,375. Now in sixth in the money standings are Switzerland’s Forrer/Vergé-Dépré with $29,200 and tied for seventh with $23,000 each in earnings are a pair of teams from Brazil—Agatha/Barbara and Eduarda/Elize.
MEN’S FINAL FOURS
In six men’s tournaments on the 2016 FIVB competition calendar, 11 countries have at least one final four placement. Tri-leaders with four each final four placements are Brazil (two silver medals, one bronze, one fourth place finish), Poland (one gold medal, one bronze, two fourth places) and the United States (two gold medals, one silver medal, one bronze medal). Tied for fourth with three final four placements each are Germany (one gold medal, one bronze medal, one fourth) and fifth with two is the Netherlands (one silver medal, one bronze). Tied for sixth with one each are Chile (one fourth place), Italy (one gold medal), Latvia (one bronze medal), Mexico (one silver medal), Qatar (one gold medal) and Russia (one silver medal).
WOMEN’S FINAL FOURS
In four women’s FIVB international events on the 2016 calendar, nine countries have earned at least one final four finish. At the top with three final four placements is Brazil (one silver medal). Tied for second with two final fours each are Argentina (two fourth place finishes), Germany (one gold medal, one bronze medal), Italy (one silver medal, one bronze), the Netherlands (one silver, one fourth place finish) and the United States (one gold medal, one bronze medal). Tied for seventh with one each are, Czech Republic (one gold medal), Poland (one silver medal) and Switzerland (one fourth place finish).
MEN’S WINNING PERCENTAGE/MATCH WINS
Ball in the air for the serve by USA's Phil Dalhausser
Based on percentage, statistically, in men’s action after six events on the 2016 FIVB World Tour calendar with a minimum of 11 matches played, the leaders at 88.9% are USA’s Dalhausser/Lucena (24-3) while second at 85.7% are the Netherlands’ Brouwer/Meeuwsen (12-2), third at 76.9% are Italy’s Ranghieri/Carambula (20-6) and fourth are Poland’s Kantor/Losiak at 75.7% (28-9). Fifth at 74.1% are Germany’s Böckermann/Flüggen (20-7), sixth at 73.3% are Brazil’s Evandro/Pedro (11-4) and seventh at 69.6% are Mexico’s Ontiveros/Virgen (16-7).
With 28 match wins each this season through six events on the 2015-2016 FIVB World Tour, leading this category are Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak (28-9), while second with 24 are USA’s Dalhausser/Lucena (24-3), and tied for third with 20 match wins each are Italy’s Carambula/Ranghieri (20-6) and Germany’s Bockermann/Fluggen (20-7), while fifth with 16 wins is Mexico’s Ontiveros/Virgin (16-7) and tied for sixth with 15 match wins each are Austria’s Christoph Dressler/Thomas Kunert (15-11), Canada’s Grant O’Garman/Sam Pedlow (15-11) and Latvia’s Martins Plavins/Haralds Regza (15-12).
WOMEN’S WINNING PERCENTAGE/MATCH WINS
Based on percentage, statistically, in women’s action after four events on the 2015-2016 FIVB World Tour calendar with a minimum of seven matches played, the leader at 100.0% are USA’s April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings (7-0), second at 88.2% are Germany’s Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst (15-2), third at 83.3% are Brazil’s Agatha/Barbara (10-2), fourth at 76.9% are Germany’s Borger/Büthe (10-3) and fifth at 76.5% are the Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (13-4). Sixth at 76.2% are Brazil’s Eduarda/Elise (16-5), and tied for seventh at 75.0% each are Germany’s Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (12-4) and Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca (6-2).
For the women in match wins following four events on the 2015-2016 FIVB calendar, leading with 18 match wins are Italy’s Menegatti/Orsi Toth (18-8) while second in match wins with 16 are Brazil’s Eduarda/Elize (16-5) and third with 15 match wins are Germany’s Ludwig/Walkenhorst (15-2). Tied for fourth with 13 match wins each are the Czech Republic’s Slukova/Hermannova (13-4) and Argentina’s Gallay/Klug (13-10) and sixth with 12 match wins are Germany’s Laboureur/Sude (12-4).
ON THE HORIZON
Placement points for the FIVB Olympic Rankings for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games continue as the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour continues in Brazil for the FIVB Vitória 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 the Brazil events conclude with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games (August 6-18).
The FIVB Vitória Open in Brazil will be the 336th men’s tournament since the FIVB began play in 1987 and the 298th 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 extends 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 at a venue to be confirmed. The showcase event will be the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil (August 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 Rio 2016 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 in 2016, 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 the 2015-2016 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, Swatch FIVB Major Series 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 tournaments.