A Espinho 5° posto Lupo/Nicolai battuti da Alison/Alvaro Filho poi winners/ Golden ladies Makroguzova & Kholomina, 17° Marta-Viki


21/07/2019

In Portogallo il beach volley della coppie italiane ha soddisfatto a metà. Infatti  può essere considerato positivo il quinto posto conquistato dalla coppia maschile Lupo/Nicolai anche perché hanno perso dai brasiliani Alison/Alvaro Filho poi golden medal.
Non altrettanto può dirsi il 17° posto di Marta Menegatti/ Viktoria Orsi Toth visto che sono state eliminate al primo turno della eliminazione diretta.
 
Ma per sapere come sono andate tutte le ‘tappe’ di entrambe le copie azzurre ad Espinho in Portogallo , ve ne diamo conto in modo ufficiale secondo i comunicati della Federvolley italiana e , per quanto riguarda le finali e le coppie vincenti, vi proponiamo a seguire come da comunicati by sito www.fivb.com, visto l’importanza internazionale dell’evento e ..del nostro sito.

ANTEPRIMA NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it, 15.07.2019) / World Tour 4 stelle: al via la tappa di Espinho

Da mercoledì al via la tappa del World Tour 4 stelle di Espinho, in Portogallo, dove parteciperanno quattro coppie italiane.
Nel torneo femminile, Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth, reduci da un buon quinto posto all’ultimo Mondiale di Amburgo, partiranno direttamente dal main draw, mentre la coppia composta da Pratesi-Ceracchi inizierà dalle qualificazioni.
Due le coppie anche nel torneo maschile, dove ci saranno Abbiati-Andreatta e Lupo-Nicolai, anche loro reduci dal quinto posto ad Amburgo e da un ottimo quarto posto nel Major di Gstaad. Entrambe le coppie tricolori inizieranno il proprio percorso nel tabellone principale.

FIRST NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it, 19.07.2019/ World Tour: i risultati delle coppie italiane
Nel World Tour di Espinho (4 Stelle) le azzurre Menegatti-Orsi Toth ha perso il primo match contro le cinesi Xue-Wang 1-2 (19-21, 21-16, 9-15) , per poi riscattarsi contro J.J. Zeng - M.M. Lin 2-0 (21-16, 21-16). Oggi la coppia tricolore scenderà in campo alle ore 13.40 per affrontare nel 1° turno a eliminazione diretta le tedesche Ittlinger-Laboureur. Alle ore 10.20 faranno il loro esordio nel torneo i vice campioni olimpici Nicolai-Lupo contro gli spagnoli Menendez-Huerta, mentre alle ore 11.10 scenderanno in campo Abbiati-Andreatta contro Cherif-Ahmed.
A Edmonton (3 stelle World Tour) Ranghieri-Caminati dopo esser stati battuti all'esordio dagli svizzeri Metral-Breer 1-2 (21-18, 20-22, 12-15), nel secondo incontro hanno avuto la meglio sui brasiliani Harley-Luciano 2-1 (18-21, 21-11, 15-8). Nel primo turno a eliminazione diretta Ranghieri-Caminati se la vedranno con Samoilovs-Solovejs. Inizio in salita anche per Zuccarelli-Traballi, battute dalle statunitensi Reeves-Dicello 2-0 (21-15, 21-19). Oggi le italiane torneranno in campo per affrontare le svizzere Huber-Hubscher (ore 18).   

SECONDA NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it, 19.07.2019 )  / A Espinho, in Portogallo è in coso di svolgimento una tappa quattro stelle.
Questa mattina sono scesi in campo (Pool C) i vicecampioni olimpici Lupo/Nicolai che hanno battuto 2-0 (21-16, 21-11) gli spagnoli Menendez-Huerta. Nella pool F Abbiati/Andreatta nel primo match del raggruppamento hanno ceduto 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) ai qatarioti Cherif/Ahmed.

 

TERZA NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it, 19/07/2019 ) / World Tour Espinho: i risultati delle coppie italiane

Frenetica l’attività del beach volley internazionale come di consueto. A Espinho, Portogallo, è in corso di svolgimento una tappa 4 stelle. Nel tabellone maschile buone notizie da entrambe le coppie in gara. I vice campioni olimpici Lupo/Nicolai hanno conquistato l’accesso alla fase a eliminazione diretta (secondo turno) grazie al doppio successo sugli gli spagnoli Menendez-Huerta per 2-0 (21-16, 21-11) e sui brasiliani Saymon/Guto con il punteggio di 2-0 (22-20, 21-19).
Nella pool F Abbiati/Andreatta dopo aver ceduto nel primo match del raggruppamento con il risultato di 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) contro i qatarioti Cherif/Ahmed si sono rifatti andando a vincere contro gli australiani Durant/Schumann con il punteggio 2-0 (21-17, 21-15), vittoria che ha consentito loro di guadagnare il primo turno a eliminazione diretta dove domani affronteranno i cileni Grimalt/Grimalt.
Nel tabellone femminile Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth chiudono il loro torneo con un 17esimo posto dopo l’eliminazione odierna subìta per mano delle tedesche Ittlinger-Laboureur che si sono imposte con il punteggio di 2-1 (21-16, 18-21, 15-11).

QUARTA NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it, 20/07/2019 ) / World Tour Espinho: Lupo/Nicolai chiudono quinti
Daniele Lupo e Paolo Nicolai hanno chiuso al quinto posto la tappa quattro stelle di Espinho. Il duo allenato da Matteo Varnier – che continua così ad accumulare punti in vista della qualificazione ai Giochi Olimpici del prossimo anno a Tokyo – dopo aver superato il secondo turno in mattinata in virtù del successo al tie-break per 2-1 (21-17, 15-21, 15–9) contro gli olandesi Varenhorst/van de Velde, si è poi dovuto arrendere questa sera al terzo turno ai brasiliani Alison/Alvaro Filho con il punteggio di 2-0 (21-19, 21-14)
In precedenza, Abbiati/Andreatta avevano chiuso al 17esimo dopo aver ceduto per 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) ai cileni Grimalt/Grimalt arrivati nel frattempo alle semifinali.

 

QUINTA NEWS ( by www.fivb.com, 20.07.2019) /;Beach volleyball / First four-star gold for Makroguzova & Kholomina in Espinho

Espinho, Portugal, July 20, 2019 – Fifth-seeded Nadezda Makroguzova & Svetlana Kholomina won the gold medal at the Espinho four-star stop on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. For the young Russian pair this is only the second medal on the Tour. The first one, also gold, came at the Anapa one-star one year ago. 22-year-old Makroguzova and 21-year-old Kholomina are also two-time U21 World Championship silver medallists from 2016 and 2017.

Seventh-seeded Americans Kelly Claes & Sarah Sponcil settled for silver, their third World Tour medal so far. 23-year-old Claes and 22-year-old Sponcil already have a silver from the 2019 Hague four-star and bronze from the 2018 Qinzhou three-star

Ana Patricia Silva Ramos (21) & Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbosa Silva (26), currently second in the FIVB World Ranking, claimed the bronze. It is the Brazilian pair’s eighth podium finish on the World Tour. They now have three gold, two silver and three gold medals to their name, all earned on the 2018-2019 edition of the Tour.

Claes & Sponcil started well in the first set of the gold medal match, but their lead did not last long. Playing with more precision, Makroguzova & Kholomina soon took over and built nicely to a 21-17 close. Riding the momentum, the Russians had already opened up a four-point gap halfway through the second set. The Americans did not give up and kept fighting, but were only able to not fall much farther behind – 2-0 (21-17, 21-16) and trophy for Makroguzova & Kholomina.

“We are so happy with this first place!” Nadezda Makroguzova exclaimed. “This is the result of long hours of hard work by our national team coaches, managers, federation and, of course, our family. I want to thank all the people who were on the stands. The fans were really cool!”

“I would like to thank all our coaches and all the other Russian teams. This is our joint victory. I would also like to thank our close ones who came all the way to Portugal to support us. This is indeed a very nice place to play. We liked it very much here. Thank you!” stated Svetlana Kholomina.

“It’s disappointing to come this far and take second. I know we’re a lot better than how we played today,” Kelly Claes pointed out. “That’s frustrating, but we’re just going to keep working on the things we need to work on and keep getting better. The cool thing about our sport is that we have another opportunity next weekend.”

 

“Yes, it’s pretty disappointing. We didn’t play the way we wanted to,” Sarah Sponcil added. “They did a good job and put the pressure on us. We’re learning from it and moving on...”

The third place match was an all-Brazilian affair between top-seeded Ana Patricia & Rebecca and third-seeded Agatha Bednarczuk & Eduarda Santos Lisboa. None of the two teams fancied the idea of remaining off the podium, so they put on quite a battle for the bronze. A very tight first set was decided in the money time with a clean kill by Ana Patricia for 21-18. 36-year-old Agatha’s experience paid off in several perfectly placed elegant shots, which made the difference in the second set – 21-18 to level the match and prompt a tie-breaker. Ana Patricia & Rebecca stayed more focused throughout the deciding set and reached match point at 14-9. With some fantastic actions on their side, Agatha & Duda denied the first three opportunities for closing the game, but that only delayed the inevitable – a powerful hit by Ana Patricia that put the ball on the sand and fix the final 2-1 (21-18, 18-21, 15-12).

“We are very happy with the bronze medal,” stated Rebecca after the match. “First, because it is a good result. With the intensity of these tournaments, it is very hard and we’re starting to feel it. And then, because we are in the race for the spots in the Olympics and this game was crucial to continue in front of this team from our country. In this game, the environment was fantastic and the public was wonderful.”

Agatha & Duda almost closed a five-point gap in favour of Makroguzova & Kholomina in the first set of the semifinal between the two teams, only to allow the Russians to break away again and close it off with Makroguzova killing it on second touch. At 8-1 to Russia in the second set, it looked as if the victory gods had turned their backs on Brazil. But they hadn’t, at least not completely. Agatha & Duda fought back to catch up at 14-14 and even take over at 16-15, but it was the last time they had the lead in the match. The Russians regained control and Kholomina attacked to call it a match at 2-0 (21-18, 21-18).

Claes & Sponcil dominated the first set of their semifinal and opened a wide gap, which Claes shaped up at the final 21-12 with a monster block. Ana Patricia & Rebecca were in control for the most part of the second set and had a lead as wide as four points, but the Americans kept pace and eventually pushed the race deep into overtime. After denying three set points for the opponents, on the third opportunity of their own to close the set, the US pair celebrated with a 2-0 (21-12, 26-24) victory with Claes acing for the last point.

 

 

SESTA NEWS ( by www.fivb.com, 21.07.2019) / Espinho gold for Alison & Alvaro Filho; Plavins steals the hearts


Alison & Alvaro Filho rejoice with the Espinho trophies
Espinho, Portugal, July 21, 2019 – Alison Cerutti & Alvaro Morais Filho emerged victorious from a spectacular all-Brazilian three-set final to triumph with the gold medals at the Espinho four-star stop on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour. This is the second World Tour medal for 33-year-old Alison and 28-year-old Alvaro Filho after the two teamed up three months ago. The first one was also gold, from the Kuala Lumpur three-star in May.
Andre Loyola Stein & George Souto Maior Wanderley had to settle for silver. For the team of 24-year-old Andre and 22-year-old George this is also the second medal on the Tour, after the bronze from this year’s Jinjiang four-star.

The big hero of the day, however, was 34-year-old Latvian Martins Plavins. Despite sustaining a foot injury in the bronze medal game, he not only persevered through the rest of the match, but also became the major contributor to the victory, which lifted him and his teammate Edgars Tocs of the 12th-seeded pair in the main draw to the podium. This is the third World Tour medal for the Latvian duo, after the Hague gold and the Kish Island silver in early 2018.

The first set of the final was an even battle through 8-8. After that 10th-seeded Alison & Alvaro Filho broke away with five in a row on Alison’s serve and never looked back to close the set off by an eight-point margin. With some spectacular moves on both sides of the net, seventh-seeded Andre & George opened up a slight lead in the second set and gradually extended it to six point as Andre hammered the overpass to close the set and prompt a tie-breaker. The deciding set was mostly about Alison’s sheer power, in both spiking and blocking, but he would often surprise the opponents with a gentle touch. One way or another, the 2016 Olympic champion and two-time Olympic medallist drove his team to the top – 2-1 (21-13, 15-21, 15-9).

“We are very happy with this gold medal, because we only started playing together three months ago. We had a win in a three-star tournament, and in a four-star, which is very good. We are evolving very fast and showing a lot of happiness on the field,” commented Alison after the victory in the final. “Playing here at Espinho is great because the Portuguese people are a lot like the Brazilian people and they live through these beach volleyball games with their hearts.”

“We had already achieved the bronze medal on the World Tour. Now we achieved silver. I believe we are on the way to win gold next,” Andre stated. “Portugal is a country that is so special to us. There are a lot of Brazilians here, we get a lot of support and we feel at home. The food is also very good and this is very important for the athletes.”

 

 

Edgars Tocs’s fantastic blocking made the big difference in the first set of the bronze medal match against 18th-seeded Chilean cousins Marco Grimalt & Esteban Grimalt. In the second set, Marco Grimalt started finding solutions to that problem and the battle was quite tight. At 11-10 Lithuania’s way Martins Plavins suffered a foot injury. Despite the pain, he opted to continue the match after the medical time-out. Under the applause of the packed stadium, Plavins was amazing the most efficient player on the court through the end of the match. Almost dragging the injured foot over the sand, he made a number of smart moves that pooled his team forward. In a remarkable epilogue, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist even spiked successfully for the last two points of his team and fixed the Lithuanian victory at 2-0 (21-13, 21-18).


“Maybe I should have gotten the injury in the first match and now we would be playing in the final,” Plavins joked immediately after being assisted into the doctor’s office, and added: “After playing three games yesterday, we were really tired and very stressed before today’s semifinal, because it’s the first one for us this year. We wanted so much to get a medal that we couldn’t sleep all night. Maybe that’s we played very badly in the morning. Then we got more relaxed and it got better in the second game, but then I had the injury. We were leading and you never know when you will play next for the bronze, so I thought we had to fight till the end. The bronze for us is very good. We’re so happy because we worked hard for it.”

The Chileans battled on to sweep away an early Brazilian lead in the first set of the semifinal clash between the Grimalts and Andre & George and level the score at 9-9. This only prompted the Brazilian players to increase the pressure and regain control on the way to a 21-17 win. The cousins reacted well and opened a solid early lead in the second. Their downfall started when they disputed a referee call to receive a red card. Still, at 17-14, the Chileans looked close to levelling the game, but also much less concentrated than earlier in the set. Andre & George took advantage of it and finished the match at 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) on a spectacular seven-point streak.

In the first set of their semifinal match, Plavins & Tocs could not hold on to a solid six-point lead they managed to accumulate. With some high-flying attacks by Alvaro Filho, supported by Alison’s great blocking, the Brazilians not only caught up at 18-18, but also edged ahead to a 21-19 win. There was no stopping them in the second set. Riding the momentum, the South American duo established complete domination on the court and cruised to the final with Alvaro Filho’s off-the-net shot shaping off the 21-15 final score.

 

EXTRATIME by SS/ In cover gli azzurri in tuffo sulla sabbia di Espinho in Portogallo.
Quindi in apertura di fotogallery partiamo dalla coppa women formata da Marta Menegatti & Viktoria Orsi Toth eliminate presto in Portogallo ma sempre dando del filo da torcere alle avversari, visto che hanno perso al tie break.
E restando in tema women vi presentiamo sia la coppia winner Makroguzova/ Kholomina che la stessa sul podio assieme a tutte el alter coppie medagliate in Portogallo.

Passando al beach volley maschile ripartiamo dalla coppia azzurra Lupo /Nicolai in flash d’archivio ai Mondiali di Amburgo 2019 e poi sulla sabbia di Espinho, perché in entrambe le location hanno ottenuto un importante quinto posto.
Mentre da Espinho passiamo a proporvi infine tutto il podio maschile con la coppia winner Alison/ Alvaro Filho strafelice  al centro della scena.

Sergio Sottovia
www.polesinesport.it