2016 FIVB World Tour update following FIVB Vitória Open in Brazil
With the qualifying process for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games fully resumed, the 2016 FIVB World Tour continues with the men’s only $75,000 Qatar Open in Doha (April 4-8) followed by twin double-gender stops in China at the $150,000 FIVB Xiamen Open (April 12-16) and at the $150,000 FIVB Fuzhou Open (April 19-23).
Last week saw teams from host-country Brazil win both the men’s gold medal and the women’s gold medal at the $150,000 FIVB Vitória Open in Brazil. It was the seventh men’s event and fifth women’s event on the 2016 FIVB World Tour.
Vitoria Open gold medal winners Bruno Oscar Schmidt (left) and Alison Cerutti of Brazil
In the men’s competition this past week in Brazil, winning the gold medal with an unblemished 7-0 record was Brazil’s reigning FIVB world champions Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt who won the gold medal match in straight sets over Italy’s 13th-seeded Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai, 2-0 (21-13, 21-18) in just 37 minutes. Brazil’s Alison/Bruno duo now has a 111-31 match record as a team including 11-1 this season.
It was the eighth FIVB World Tour gold medal as a team for Brazil’s Alison/Bruno in 24 tournaments together and their second this season. Individually, it was the 19th career FIVB gold medal for Alison (13 silver, 11, bronze, seven fourth place finishes) and 50th final four finish. For Bruno, it was his 10th career FIVB gold medal (six silver, four bronze, seven fourth places) in 27 final four finishes.
In the men’s bronze medal match in Vitória, winning for the second straight event was Netherlands’ fourth-seeded 2013 FIVB World Champions Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen who defeated Italy’s ninth-seeded Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri, 2-0 (21-18, 21-15) in 38 minutes.
In the Vitória men’s semifinals, Italy’s Lupo/Nicolai were extended to three sets before overcoming the Netherlands’ Brouwer/Meeuwsen in three sets, 2-1 (21-18, 15-21, 15-13) in 52 minutes and Brazil’s Alison/Bruno needed just two sets to stop Italy’s Carambula/Ranghieri, 2-0 (21-17, 23-21) in 41 minutes to advance to the gold medal match.
Brazil's Talita Antunes (yellow) hits the Mikasa as USA's Kerri Walsh watches
In the women’s competition at the FIVB Vitória Open, Brazil’s top-seeded Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca compiled a perfect 7-0 record and moved them to 13-2 for the year as they topped USA’s second-seeded April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings, winning the gold medal match in two challenging sets, 2-0 (22-20, 21-19) in 39 masterful minutes.
In 19 events as a team since forming their partnership in 2014, Brazil’s Talita/Larissa now have a 106-10 record as a team (13-2 in 2016) by winning their 12th FIVB gold medal in just 19 starts. It was Talita’s 30th career FIVB gold medal and 74th career FIVB World Tour finish (14 silver, 14 bronze 15 fourth place finishes) and for Larissa, it was her FIVB-record 58th career gold medal and her 100th career final four finish (20 silver, 17 bronze, five fourths).
In their second FIVB World Tour event since last September when Walsh Jennings had her fifth shoulder surgery, it was the second FIVB silver medal and 11th final four finish in 22 FIVB World Tour events as a team (seven gold, one bronze, one fourth place). In their FIVB careers, it was the 48th final four finish for Ross including her 14th silver medal (17 gold, 10 bronze, seven fourth places). For Walsh Jennings, it was 80th final four finish and her 17th career FIVB silver medal (51 gold, 8 bronze, four fourth places).
In the women’s bronze medal match in Vitória, Germany’s 17th-seeded Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler came from behind to upset Australia’s fourth-seeded Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy, 2-0 (20-22, 21-17) and 15-11 in 50 minutes.
To reach the women’s gold medal match in Vitória, in their semifinals, Brazil’s Talita/Larissa stopped Australia’s Bawden/Clancy in straight sets, 2-0 (21-16, 21-16) in 36 minutes USA’s Ross/Walsh Jennings defeated Germany’s Holtwick/Semmler, 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) in just 32 minutes.
• Vitória Open website
• Qualification - Men
• Qualification - Women
• Main draw - Men
• Main draw - Women
MEN’S WINNERS SHARE
Last week’s FIVB Vitória Open men’s champions Alison/Bruno of Brazil picked up the FIVB Open gold medal purse of $11,000. Italy’s runners-up Lupo/Nicolai earned $8,000 in prize money while the Netherlands’ bronze medallists Brouwer/Meeuwsen earned $6,000 and Italy’s Carambula/Ranghieri received $4,500 in prize money for their fourth place finish.
WOMEN’S WINNERS ROLL
Last week’s FIVB Vitória Open women’s champions Talita/Larissa of Brazil earned the winner’s $11,000 purse. USA’s Ross/Walsh Jennings collected the runners-up $8,000 purse to split from their silver medal placement and Germany’s Holtwick/Semmler earned $6,000 for their bronze medal finish. Australia’s fourth-place finishers Bawden/Clancy earned $4,500 in prize money.
After seven men’s events on the 2016 FIVB World Tour, Poland’s Piotor Kantor/Bartosz Losiak tandem continue to lead the FIVB World Tour point standings with 2,520 points. Italy’s Carambula/Ranghieri is second in the standings with 2,110. Tied for third with 1,930 points each are USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena and Germany’s Markus Böckermann/Lars Flüggen duo and Mexico’s Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen duo is fifth with 1,650 points.
In the 2016 FIVB World Tour men’s season earnings after seven events, Poland’s Kantor/Losiak tandem lead with $75,750. Brazil’s Evandro Goncalves/Pedro Solberg duo are second with $51,000 and USA’s Dalhausser/Lucena duo are third with $47,000. Fourth are the Netherlands’ Brouwer/Meeuwsen with $46,000 and fifth with $36,625 in prize winnings are Italy’s Carambula/ Ranghieri. Sixth are Germany’s Böckermann/Flüggen with $31,250, seventh are Poland’s Gregorz Fijalek/Mariusz Prudel with $29,375 and eighth are Brazil’s Alison/Bruno with $28,000 and ninth are Mexico’s Ontiveros/Virgin with $27,750.
For the women after five 2016 FIVB World Tour events, Italy’s Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth continue at the top of the point leader board with 1,870 points, Switzerland’s Isabelle Forrer/Anouk Verge-Depre duo are second with 1,460 points while Brazil’s Eduarda Lisboa/Elize Maia are third with 1,350 points. Fourth are Argentina’s Ana Gallay/Georgina Klug with 1,340 points, fifth with 1,300 points are Germany’s Holtwick/Semmler, sixth are Germany’s Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst tandem with 1,280 points and seventh with 1,250 points are USA’ Ross/Walsh Jennings.
In the 2016 FIVB World Tour women’s season earnings after five events, USA’s Ross/Walsh Jennings continue in the top spot with $65,000, while second with $45,000 are Poland’s Monika Brzostek/Kinga Kolosinska and third are Germany’s Borger/Buthe with $38,750. Fourth are Italy’s Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth with $36,375 and Germany’s Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst are fifth with $31,375. Sixth in the money standings are Switzerland’s Forrer/Verge-Depre with $31,200, seventh with $25,000 in earnings are Brazil’s EduardaLisboa/Elize Maia, eighth are now Brazil’s Talita/Larissa with $24,000 and ninth with $23,000 in prize money are Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas.
MEN’S FINAL FOURS
In seven men’s tournaments on the 2016 FIVB World Tour schedule, 11 countries have at least one final four placement. Leading with five final four placements is Brazil (one gold, two silver medals, one bronze, one fourth place finish), tied for second with three each are 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 Italy (two gold medals, one fourth place) and the Netherlands (one silver medal, two bronze). Tied for seventh with one medal each are Chile (one fourth place), Latvia (one bronze medal), Mexico (one silver medal), Qatar (one gold medal) and Russia (one silver medal).
WOMEN’S FINAL FOURS
In five women’s FIVB international events on the 2016 calendar, 10 countries have earned at least one final four finish. At the top with four final four placements is Brazil (two gold medals, one silver medal, one bronze medal). Tied for second with three final fours each are Germany (one gold medal, two bronze medals) and the United States (one gold medal, one silver medal, one bronze medal). Tied for fourth with two final fours each are Argentina (two fourth place finishes), Italy (one silver medal, one bronze) and the Netherlands (one silver, one fourth place finish). Tied for seventh with one final four finish each are Australia (one fourth place), Czech Republic (one gold medal), Poland (one silver medal) and Switzerland (one fourth place finish).
MEN’S WINNING PERCENTAGE/MATCH WINS
Based on percentage, statistically, in men’s action after seven events on the 2016 FIVB World Tour calendar with a minimum of 13 matches played, the leader at 88.9% are USA’s Dalhausser/Lucena (24-3) while second at 77.3% are the Netherlands’ Brouwer/Meeuwsen (17-5), third at 76.5% are Brazil’s Saymon Barborsa/Gustavo Carvalhaes (13-4), fourth at 75.8% are Italy’s Ranghieri/Carambula (25-8) and fifth at 75.0% are Germany’s Bockermann/Fluggen (24-8). Sixth are Poland’s Kantor/Losiak at 73.8% (31-11), seventh at 73.3% are Brazil’s Evandro/Pedro (11-4) and eighth at 67.9% are Mexico’s Ontiveros/Virgen (19-9).
With 31 match wins each this season through seven events onf the 2016 FIVB World Tour, leading this category are Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak (31-11), while second with 25 are Italy’s Carambula/Ranghieri (25-8), tied for third with 24 each are Germany’s Böckermann/Flüggen (24-8) and USA’s Dalhausser/Lucena (24-3), while fifth with 19 wins is Mexico’s Ontiveros/Virgin (19-9) and tied for sixth with 17 match wins each are Netherlands’ Brouwer/Meeuwsen (17-5) and Canada’s Grant O’Garman/Sam Pedlow (17-14).
WOMEN’S WINNING PERCENTAGE/MATCH WINS
Based on percentage, statistically, in women’s action after five events on the 2016 FIVB World Tour calendar with a minimum of nine matches played, the leader at 92.9% are USA’s Ross/Walsh Jennings (13-1), second at 88.2% are Germany’s Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst (15-2), third at 86.7% are Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca (13-2), fourth at 83.3% are Brazil’s Agatha/Barbara (10-2) and fifth at 76.2% are Germany’s Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (16-5). Sixth at 74.1% are Brazil’s Eduarda/Elise (20-7), seventh at 72.2% are Germany’s Karla Borger/Britta Büthe (13-5), seventh at 71.4% are the Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (15-6) and eighth at 70.0% are Italy’s Menegatti/Orsi Toth (21-9).
For the women in match wins following five events on the 2016 FIVB calendar, leading with 21 match wins are Italy’s Menegatti/Orsi Toth (21-9) while second in match wins with 20 are Brazil’s Eduarda/Elize (20-7) and third with 16 match wins is Germany’s Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (16-5). Tied for fourth with 15 wins each are Germany’s Ludwig/Walkenhorst (15-2), Czech Republic’s Marketa Slukova/Barbora Hermannova (15-6) and Argentina’s Gallay/Klug (15-12).
ON THE HORIZON
With placement points for the FIVB Olympic Rankings for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to continue, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour now takes a two week break before resuming with events over eight straight weeks through the end of May. 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 (Aug. 6-18).
Next up on the FIVB World Tour will be three events in Asia starting with the men’s only FIVB Qatar Open in Doha (April 4-8). The tour continues with a pair of double gender events in China at the FIVB Xiamen Open (April 12-16) and the FIVB Fuzhou Open (April 19-23) before returning to Brazil for the FIVB Fortaleza Open.
The FIVB Vitória Open in Brazil was 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 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 Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Copacabana Beach in Brazil in August. Counting the FIVB Rio Grand Slam, 10 men’s and eight 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 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.