Alison aiming for home delights as Brazil Tour stops in Vitoria
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 5, 2017 – Olympic and world champion Alison Cerutti will be out to impress his home fans when the Brazil Beach Volleyball Tour makes its penultimate stop at Camburi Beach in his home town of Vitoria over the weekend.
For once Alison and partner Bruno Schmidt have not claimed the latest title on offer following their headline-grabbing success in winning gold at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, the Netherlands 2015 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships and the Toronto 2016 FIVB World Tour Finals, though they are currently second in the Brazil Tour rankings.
That honour went to Alvaro Filho and Saymon Santos, who wrapped up the Brazil Tour title in the most recent event in Aracaju. Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes claimed the women’s title two tournaments ago in Maceio and are the most recent pair to win in Vitoria, back in 2014 when the city last hosted a Brazil Tour tournament.
“You are always nervous playing in your home city,” Alison said. “Being Olympic champion will mean a lot of people will be there to support us and it is good being close to home and it will give us some extra motivation.”
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Alison and Bruno will soon return to the site of their greatest triumph, Rio de Janeiro. The city will host an FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour four-star tournament from May 17-21.
Vitoria is the eighth stop on the Brazil Tour and comes after tournaments in Campo Grande, Brasília, Uberlandia, Curitiba, Sao Jose, Joao Pessoa, Maceio and Aracaju. The final stop is the Super Praia that takes place in Niteroi later in April.