Gstaad World Tour 2019/ Winners men Mol & Sorum (quarti Lupo-Nicolai) e Klineman-Ross (subito out Marta Menegatti – Viki Orsi Toth)


14/07/2019

Altalena per le coppie azzurre a Gstaad dove sono arrivati quarti Lupo e Nicolai mentre la coppia femminile Marta Menegatti & Viktoria Orsi Toth non ha confermato le performance dei Mondiali di Amburgo venendo presto eliminate in Svizzera.
Ma per capire step by step ciò che è successo a Gstaad vi proponiamo by Federvolley tutto il viaggio delle due coppie italiane, completando international by sito ufficiale www.fivb.org tutta quanto è successo anche nelle sfide finali per il podio, sia maschile che femminile.

PRIMA NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it, 10/07/2019 ) / Gstaad 5 stelle: i risultati delle coppie italiane

Prima giornata di gare per le coppie italiane impegnate del Torneo cinque stelle di Gstaad, Svizzera. Nel tabellone femminile Menegatti-Orsi Toth hanno fatto il loro esordio con una vittoria per 2-0 (21-18, 21-19) contro le cinesi Xia-Wang.
Tra gli uomini Paolo Nicolai e Daniele Lupo hanno collezionato una vittoria – 2-0 (21-16, 21-19) contro gli olandesi Brouwer-Meeuwsen – e una sconfitta per 2-0 (21-14, 21-16) contro i polacchi Fijalek-Bryl. Partenza in salita per Rossi-Carambula che si sono arresi 2-0 (21-18, 21-17) ai canadesi Pedlow-Schachter.

SECONDA NEWS (by www.federvolley.it, 11/07/2019 ) / Major Gstaad - I risultati delle coppie italiane

Nel Major di Gstaad gli azzurri Paolo Nicolai e Daniele Lupo hanno superato il primo turno a eliminazione diretta, battendo 2-0 (21-18, 23-21) i lettoni Samoilovs-Smedins. Niente da fare, invece, Per Rossi-Carambula, eliminati dai brasiliani Guto-Saymon 2-1 (17-21, 21-19, 15-9). Nel torneo femminile le azzurre Menegatti-Orsi Toth hanno ceduto alle svizzere Betschart-Huberli 2-0 (21-18, 21-16) e domani ripartiranno dal 1° round a eliminazione diretta.
Beach Europeo Under 22 - Nel Campionato Europeo Under 22, in corsi di svolgimento ad Antalya (Turchia), buon inizio per Cottafava-Windisch, vittoriosi 2-0 (21-18, 21-11) sui belgi Van Dock-Witvrouwen. Sul fronte femminile meno bene è andata a Varrassi-Scampoli che sono state superate dalle ceche Stochlova-Dunarova (21-19, 21-19). Nel secondo match di giornata le italiane si sono riscattate, battendo le slovacche Murinova-Erteltova 2-0 (21-15, 23-21).

 

TERZA NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it , 12/07/2019 ) / Major Gstaad: Lupo-Nicolai in semifinale

Nel Major cinque stelle di Gstaad gli azzurri Daniele Lupo e Paolo Nicolai hanno conquistato l'accesso alle semifinali dove domani alle ore 13.05 affronteranno gli olandesi Browuer/Meeuwsen.
Nei precedenti due turni ad eliminazione diretta il duo allenato da Matteo Varnier aveva superato i brasiliani Alison/Álvaro Filho con il punteggio di 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) e successivamente i polacchi Kantor/Losiak per 2-0 (22-20, 21-18).
Nel tabelllone femminile Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth hanno chiuso il torneo al 17esimo posto dopo essere state eliminate al primo turno a eliminazione diretta dalle brasiliane Talita/Taiana Lima con il punteggio di 2-0 (29-27, 21-19) al termine di un match duro e molto combattuto.

QUARTA  NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it , 13/07/2019 ) / Major Gstaad: Lupo-Nicolai in campo per il terzo posto
Nella semifinale del Major cinque stelle di Gstaad, gli azzurri Paolo Nicolai e Daniele Lupo sono stati sconfitti 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) dagli olandesi Brouwer/Meeuwsen. Il duo allenato da Matteo Varnier tornerà nel pomeriggio in campo nella finale che varrà la medaglia di bronzo alle ore 17.20 contro i perdenti del match attualmente in corso tra i norvegesi Mol/Sorum e i brasiliani Evandro/Bruno Schmidt.  

QUINTA  NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it , 13/07/2019 ) / Major Gstaad: Nicolai/Lupo chiudono al quarto posto

Si è concluso con un quarto posto il torneo cinque stelle di Gstaad per Paolo Nicolai e Daniele Lupo. Il duo tricolore nella finale per il 3°-4° posto si è arreso al tie-break con il punteggio di 2-1 (16-21, 21-17, 15-12) ai brasiliani Evandro/Bruno Schmidt. Dopo aver vinto il primo set dunque i ragazzi di Matteo Varnier hanno progressivamente lasciato campo agli avversari che in rimonta sono riusciti a far loro il match. Nella semifinale giocata sempre nella giornata odierna i due azzurri erano stati sconfitti 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) dagli olandesi Brouwer/Meeuwsen. Dopo il quinto posto nella rassegna iridata, dunque, arriva un altro piazzamento per i due atleti impegnati nella lunga marcia verso i Giochi Olimpici di Tokyo del prossimo anno.

 

SESTA NEWS ( by.www-fivb.org, 14/07/2019 ) / Beach volleyball / Americans Klineman & Ross top Gstaad women's podium

Gstaad, Switzerland, July 14, 2019 - In the 100th women's gold medal match between Brazil and the United States on the FIVB World Tour, Alix Klineman and April Ross from the North American country bested Maria Antonelli and Carolina Salgado from the South American nation to top the podium at the 20th annual Swatch Major Gstaad.

In becoming the second women's team from the United States to win a Swatch Major Gstaad title, the third-seeded Klineman and Ross posted a 2-1 (15-21, 21-17, 15-12) win in 55 minutes over the 15th-seed Antonelli and Carolina.

Previously, Olympic and world champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings captured the Gstaad crown six times - 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2012.  Ross and Walsh Jennings placed second in 2016 before collecting the bronze medal together at the Rio 2016 Summer Games.

With the US$600,000 Swatch Major Gstaad being the 407th World Tour event for women since the start of FIVB-sanction events in 1992, the Americans have now won 55 of the 100 gold medal matches with Brazilians.  Eight of the title’s matches have been played in Gstaad with the United States leading 5-3.

When asked if the gold medal was the most satisfying of the 25 FIVB titles she has won, the 37-year old Ross said “yes.  We were so frustrated after losing the gold medal match in Hamburg last week.  That frustration carried over to our matches this week.  This was a big win for us as a team.”

 

Klineman and Ross have now won four World Tour gold medals in 15 FIVB appearances together since January 2018.  In their first event together in The Netherlands, Klineman and Ross had to qualify for the main draw and then advanced to the finals to defeat Antonelli and Carolina for the gold medal.

Sunday’s victory netted the Americans 1,200 Olympic qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games along with receiving the $40,000 first-place prize.  Antonelli and Carolina split $32,000 for finishing second along with 1,080 points for Olympic consideration.

The gold medal meeting was set up Sunday morning when Klineman/Ross rallied from a seven-point (18-11) deficit in the first set to post a 2-0 (22-20, 21-17) semi-final win in 43 minutes over top-seeded Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli of Switzerland.  Antonelli/Carolina posted a 2-0 (21-16, 21-16) semi-final win in 37 minutes over fifth-seeded compatriots Ana Patricia Silva/Rebecca Cavalcanti.

In the bronze medal match, Ana Patricia and Rebecca posted a 2-0 (21-14, 21-12) win in 31 minutes over Betschart and Huberli.  The Brazilians split $20,000 for third-place with 960 Olympic points with Betschart and Huberli netting 840 points and earning $16,000 for fourth-place.

With the Tokyo 2020 “test” event looming in two weeks, the FIVB World Tour will stage to more qualifying events for the Summer Games in Portugal (Espinho) and Canada (Edmonton).  Following the Tokyo event, the World Tour returns to Europe for the Vienna Major July 30-August 4 in the Austrian capital.

 

SETTIMA NEWS /  ( by www.fivb.org, 13.07.2019) / Beach volleyball / Mol & Sorum repeat as Gstaad champions

Gstaad, Switzerland, July 13, 2019 - Anders Mol and Christian Sorum entered this week's FIVB World Tour event with disappointment, but the young Norwegians will be leaving the Swiss Alps village with smiles on their faces after winning the gold medal at the Swatch Major Gstaad here Sunday for the second-straight year.


The pre-World Championships favorites, but only third-place finishers this past Sunday in Hamburg, Germany, the top-seeded Mol and Sorum became the first men's team since 2006 to win back-to-back Gstaad titles as the Norwegians posted a 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) title-clinching win in 34 minutes over 21st-seeded Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands.

With the victory, the 22-year-old Mol and 23-year-old Sorum collected the $40,000 first-place prize in winning their eighth World Tour gold medal with their first FIVB title being in Gstaad 364 days ago.  The 29-year-old Brouwer and 31-year-old Meeuwsen shared $32,000 for finishing second.

It was Mol and Sorum's second-straight FIVB World Tour win over the Dutch as Brouwer and Meeuwsen dropped a pool play match May 30 to the Norwegians in the Czech Republic.  Prior to that meeting in Ostrava, the Dutch had won four of the first five matches with Mol and Sorum.

 

After the award's ceremony, Mol said "I’m really proud of how we performed this week, how we managed to recover from the world championships in such a good way. We were a little disappointed about the semifinal, of course really happy with the bronze, but we were going for the gold. But it was as long week with a lot of media, a lot of new things for us."

As for Gstaad and winning a second gold medal, Mol added "it felt like coming home a little bit. We just love it here, we love playing in Gstaad, we have so many good memories from last year so we were really excited to play here and ready to put on a big fight for the cowbells. So I’m happy and proud of how we managed to find energy in the end."

Mol said the gold medal match was his team's "best game in this whole tournament for sure. We really won that golden cowbell and we really wanted that win against Robert and Alex. They’re such an amazing team. They’ve had a little bit of a tough season. They’re such a strong team and for us it’s weird to see them losing these close games. We know they can play on a such a good level and they showed it this tournament.  I hope to meet them a lot more in finals because it’s always fun to play against them."

 

Sorum said winning "old back to back in Gstaad is amazing.  It’s was special last year since we were hoping for a cowbell before the tournament. Of course, that’s everyone’s dream. Then we won the quarterfinal, then we won the semifinal and we had a cowbell then we won the final and to be back here this year and fight for another cowbell. Mentally it was tough so to be standing on the top of the podium in this tournament as well, it’s real amazing. And we got out 100th victory."

With Norway meeting the Netherlands for the first-time in a men's World Tour gold medal match since the start of FIVB-sanctioned events in 1987, Mol and Sorum advanced to the finals with a 2-0 (21-18, 21-14) win in 40 minutes over sixth-seeded Evandro Goncalves/Bruno Oscar Schmidt of Brazil.

The semifinal victory was the Norwegians' 100th FIVB win as Mol and Sorum became the fourth-fastest men's team to reach the century match mark in 124 World Tour starts.  Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos, the last men’s team to win back-to-back Gstaad titles, reached 100 wins in 119 matches with compatriot Marcio Araujo/Benjamin Insfran and Americans Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena accomplishing the feat in 124 matches.

Brouwer and Meeuwsen, the 2013 FIVB World Championships winner , reached the final by posting a 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) win in 37 minutes over 12th-seeded Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai of Italy. Earlier this week, the Italians defeated the Dutch pair in pool play.

 

Meeuwsen said "we put in our best effort but it was not even close to enough. They played well and it’s a different level. We’ll have to work hard and find a way to beat these guys."

Brouwer echoed some of the same statements as his partner and said "next year we have an interesting little tournament coming up (Tokyo Olympics).  As Robbie said, it’s for us to work really hard, practice hard and find that way to beat these guys."

In the bronze medal match, Evandro and Bruno rebounded with a 2-1 (16-21, 21-17, 15-12) bronze medal win in 50 minutes over Lupo and Nicolai. While the Brazilians split $20,000 for placing third on the podium, Lupo and Nicolai shared $16,000 for fourth place.

It was the third FIVB meeting this season between the two teams with Evandro and Bruno now leading the World Tour series 2-1. The Brazilians won the last meeting in Warsaw a month ago where Evandro and Bruno captured the gold medal by defeating Mol and Sorum in the Polish Open gold medal match.

An exhausted Bruno said after the match that “we can’t deny we are tired for sure. We can’t deny that we are not frustrated by not being in the final. We deserved that. I want to give all that I have learned to Evandro and we have one of the best spots, we are two of the best players. I’m working very hard to come back from injuries and everything.  We will continue, we still have a long season. For Brazilians it is very hard, we don’t have many breaks.

Nicolai said that “the first set was close, and I think both teams played very well. For the crowd it was nice to see.  The tournament was a very high level with the best teams in the world. We leave here without a medal but one of the teams is going to do that. We have a chance next week in Espinho to win.”

 

EXTRATIME by SS/ In cover la coppia maschile azzurra Lupo –Nicolai sulla sabbia di Gstaad.

Con riferimento invece alla coppia azzurra Menegatti & Orsi Toth ricordiamo in apertura di fotogallery che era risalita fino al 15° posto del seeding mondiale femminile ( vedi foto-tabella) per effetto dell’ottimo 5° posto ai Mondiali di Amburgo.
Invece Marta & Viki, pur in foto ‘coriacee’ sulla sabbia svizzera, sono state purtroppo eliminate troppo presto ( solo 17esime) lasciando spazio alle … medagliste del podio che vi proponiamo in versione ’all team’ e in kit con il Tabellino risulti delle due finali disputate a Gstaad.

Stesso viaggio per la fotogallery della coppia azzurra maschile Lupo – Nicolai che vi proponiamo in due flash ‘azione’ , e che purtroppo si sono fermati al 4° posto, lasciando il podio medagliati alla golden medal Mol/Sorum e a…quelli in foto ’all team’ anche in questa occasione in kit con il Tabellino risulti delle due finali disputate sulla sabbia svizzera.



Sergio Sottovia
www.polesinesport.it