Klagenfurt WT 2014, Cerutti & Schmidt golden boys vs Lupo & Nicolai/ Women winners Larissa/Talita, Ok 4° Menegatti/Orsi Toth


04/08/2014

Praticamente Brasile batte Italia 4-2, ma sfiorano l’impresa le due coppie azzurre Lupo-Nicolai e Menegatti-Orsi Toth.
I boys perché battuti solo nella finalissima contro i golden boy brasiliani Alison Cerutti /Bruno Oscar Schmidt , le ragazze italiane Marta & Vicki perché sconfitte col doppio 18-21 nella finalina di Klagenfurt dalle brasiliane Agatha /Seixas nel sottoclou alla finalissima che ha visto Larissa/Talita winners vs le connazionali Antonelli/Juliana.
Anche per questo stavolta è più emozionante in chiave azzurra il nostro viaggio step by step che vi proponiamo praticamente in sequenza ‘daily teleghaph’ by sito www.federvolley.it fino alla più internazionale certificazione targata www.fivb.org in lingua inglese, come di solito facciamo su questo sito nel raccontarvi le performance finali della nostra settimanale tappa del World Tour.
Se poi consideriamo che sulla sua pagina face botto Marta Menegatti ha scritto “Il beach volley è. ... donarsi l'una all'altra...  Great win today!  Domani contro Pavan-Bansley (Canada) per il quinto posto! “, beh il quarto posto significa, per Marta & Vicky essere andate oltre ed aver appunto fiorato l’impresa come Lupo /Nicolai e come da seguente reportage corredato da fotogallery relativa per onorare sia le due copie azzurre che tutto il Klagenfurt Grand Slam in summertime.

ANTEPRIMA NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it , 28-07-2014 )/ Beach Grand Slam Klagenfurt: al via il torneo austriaco
Domani a Klagenfurt, Austria, prendera' il via il penultimo Grand Slam stagionale. Dunque la carovana del beach volley internazionale dalle coste californiane di Long Beach sbarca in Carinzia. Il torneo, divenuto negli anni uno degli appuntamenti piu' importanti della stagione, comincera' domani, martedi', con le qualificazioni femminili alle quali seguiranno quelle maschili (il giorno seguente, 30 luglio). Per l’Italia, la prima coppia a scendere in campo sarà quella formta da Lucia Bacchi in coppia con Agata Zuccarelli,  che usufruisce di una wild card. Mercoledì, nelle qualificazioni maschili sara’ la volta dei gemelli Paolo e Matteo Ingrosso e di Ranghieri-Tomatis,  mentre nei main draw spazio a Menegatti-Orsi Toth e Lupo-Nicolai
 
( by www.federvolley.it ,  29-07-2014 )/ Beach Grand Slam Klagenfurt: out Bacchi-Zuccarelli
Lucia Bacchi e Agata Zuccarelli sono state eliminate al primo turno delle qualificazioni femminili del Grand Slam di Klagenfurt. Il duo italiano è stato battuto 2-0 (22-20, 21-10) dalle ceche Bonnerova-Hermannova.



PRIMA GIORNATA MERCOLEDI’ NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it ,   30-07-2014 )/
Beach Grand Slam Klagenfurt: buona la prima per gli Ingrosso

FLASH FIRST NEWS/  Nel primo turno delle qualificazioni maschili del Grand Slam di Klagenfurt: Ingrosso P.-Ingrosso M. b. Pokeršnik, J.-Zemljak SLO 2-0 (21-18, 21-17)

FLASH SECOND NEWS/ Beach Grand Slam Klagenfurt: Bene all'esordio Menegatti-Orsi Toth
Le azzurre Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth hanno vinto 2-0 (21-16, 22-20) contro le brasiliane Lima Fernanda il loro primo match del Grand Slam di Klagenfurt

FLASH TERZA NEWS / Beach Grand Slam Klagenfurt: gli Ingrosso nel main draw
Conquistano il tabellone principale i gemelli Paolo e Matteo Ingrosso che hanno vinto la loro seconda partita nelle qualificazioni. Il duo italiano ha battuto 2-1 (16-21, 23-21, 15-10) i tedeschi Dollinger, S.-Flüggen.

FLASH QUARTA NEWS/ Beach Grand Slam Klagenfurt: out Tomatis-Ranghieri
Andrea Tomatis e Alex Ranghieri sono stati eliminati nel Grand Slam di Klagenfurt. Il duo azzurro è stato battuto 2-1 (16-21, 21-16, 15-10) dai cechi Kufa, R.-Tichy nel secondo turno delle qualifiche dopo aver benficiato di un bye al primo.

FLASH QUINTA NEWS/ Beach Grand Slam Klagenfurt (F): una vittoria e una sconfitta per Menegatti-Orsi Toth
Si chiude con il bilancio di una vittoria e una sconfitta la prima giornata di gare di Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth nel Grand Slam di Klagenfurt. Le azzurre all'esordio  hanno vinto 2-0 (21-16, 22-20) contro le brasiliane Lima-Fernanda per poi arrendersi 2-1 (15-21, 21-17, 15-13), al termine di una gara molto tirata, alle brasiliane Liliana-Baquerizo.
 




SECONDA GIORNATA GIOVEDI ‘NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it , 31-07-2014 )/
Beach Grand Slam Klagenfurt (M): il bilancio di giornata

FLASH FIRST NEWS/ Primo giorno di gare del main draw maaschile a Klagenfurt: il bilancio è di una una vittoria e tre sconfitte per le coppie italiane maschili: Daniele Lupo e Paolo Nicolai sono stati battuti 2-0 (21-19, 21-14) all'esordio dai kazaki Sidorenko-Dyachenko per poi rifarsi nel secondo match di giornata contro i tedeschi Böckermann-Urbatzka, 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-13) il punteggio. Paolo e Matteo Ingrosso, invece, hanno collezionato due ko: il primo per 2-0 (21-19, 21-16) contro i tedeschi Erdmann-Matysik, il secondo per 2-0 (21-14, 22-20) contro i russi Semenov-Krasilnikov.
 
FLASH SECOND NEWS/ Beach Grand Slam Klagenfurt (F): Menegatti-Orsi Toth al secondo turno

Le azzurre Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth hanno conquistato il secondo turno ad eliminazione diretta del Grand Slam di Klagenfurt. Oggi le ragazze di Paulao hanno vinto due match. In mattinata (ultimo della fase a gironi) hanno avuto ragione 2-0 (21-14, 21-12) delle polacche Brzostek-Kolosinska, mentre nel primo turno  hanno battuto 2-0 (21-10, 21-13) le slovacche Dubovcova-Nestarcova. Domani se la vedranno con le canadesi Bansley-Pavan.  




TERZA GIORNATA VENERDI’ NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it , 01-08-2014 )/
Beach Grand Slam Klagenfurt: Nicolai-Lupo agli ottavi di finale

FLASH FIRST NEWS/ Nel Grand Slam di Klagenfurt gli azzurri Nicolai-Lupo hanno superato il primo turno ad eliminazione diretta, grazie al successo sui brasiliani Ricardo-Álvaro Filho 2-0 (21-9, 22-20). Domani gli atleti dell'Aeronautica Militare troveranno nei quarti gli olandesi Stiekema-Varenhorst. I gemelli Paolo e Matteo Ingrosso hanno invece chiuso al 25° posto, superati dagli statunitensi Rogers-Brunner 2-1 (18-21, 21-15, 15-11).

FLASH SECOND NEWS/ Beach Grand Slam Klagenfurt: Menegatti-Orsi Toth in semifiinale/
Grande prestazione delle azzurre Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi-Toth che nel Grand Slam di Klagenfurt hanno centrato l'accesso in semifinale dopo aver sconfitto le vice campionesse mondiali Borger-Buthe 2-0 (21-19, 21-17). Netta la vittoria delle ragazze di Paulao che contro le tedesche hanno sempre tenuto il comando del gioco senza concedere alle avversarie possibilità di replica. Domani in semifinale Menegatti-Orsi Toth affronteranno le brasiliane Antonelli-Juliana (ore 9 diretta streaming Laola1.tv)


 
QUARTA GIORNATA SABATO NEWS (by.www.federvolley.it , 02-08-2014 / SEMIFINALI/
Beach Grand Slam Klagenfurt: Menegatti Orsi Toth in campo per il bronzo

FLASH FIRST NEWS/ Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth hanno perso 2-0 (21-8, 21-18) la semifinale contro le Brasiliane Antonelli-Juliana. Il duo allenato da Paulao tornera' in campo per la medaglia di bronzo alle ore 13.30 contro l'altra coppia verdeoro Agatha-Seixas. Nel tabellone maschile procede il cammino di Daniele Lupo e Paolo Nicolai che dopo il successo per 2-0 (21-14, 21-17) contro gli olandesi Stiekema-Varenhorst hanno guadagnato l'accesso ai quarti di finale dove alle 16.30 se la vedranno con gli statunitensi Hyden-Bourne.

FLASH SECOND NEWS/ Beach Gr. Slam Klagenfurt: quarto posto per Menegatti-Orsi Toth.
Nel Grand Slam di Klagenfurt le azzurre Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi-Toth si sono classificate quarte, eguagliando il miglior piazzamento in carriera: 4 posto nei Grand Slam di Mosca e San Paolo (2013). Le ragazze di Paulao dopo un ottimo percorso, in giornata sono state superate in semifinale dalle brasiliane Antonelli-Juliana 2-0 (21-8, 21-18), mentre nella finale 3-4 posto hanno ceduto alle verdeoro Agatha-Seixas 2-0 (21-18, 21-18). Nonostante le due sconfitte conclusive, per le azzurre il bilancio del torneo è assolutamente positivo e porta in dote punti importanti in vista dei prossimi appuntamenti del World Tour.
 
FLASH TERZA NEWS/ Beach Gr.Slam Klagenfurt: Nicolai-Lupo avanti tutta, e' semifinale
Nel Grand Slam di Klagenfurt gli azzurri Daniele Lupo e Paolo Nicolai hanno conquistato l’accesso in semifinale, grazie alle due vittorie ottenute in giornata. La coppia dell’Aeronautica Militare negli ottavi ha avuto ragione degli olandesi Stiekema-Varenhorst 2-0 (21-14, 21-17), mentre nei quarti ha superato gli statunitensi Hyden-Bourne, una delle squadre più in forma del momento, 2-1 (11-21, 21-14, 15-11). I Campioni d’Europa domani troveranno sulla loro strada gli australiani Kapa-McHugh, gara che a partire dalle ore 10 sarà trasmessa in diretta streaming su Laola1.tv. Per i ragazzi di Paulao si tratta delle quarta semifinale stagionale del World Tour, ulteriore conferma della straordinaria annata vissuta dagli azzurri: vincitori dell’Open di Fuzhou, del Grand Slam di Shanghai e dell’Europeo di Cagliari.

 
QUINTA GIORNATA DOMENICA NEWS (by www.federvolley.it, 03-08-2014
 / FINALI / Gr.Slam Klagenfurt: grandi gli azzurri Nicolai-Lupo, e' finale (diretta tv su Nuvolari)

FLASH FIRST NEWS/ Prosegue la straordinaria marcia degli azzurri Daniele Lupo e Paolo Nicolai, che nel Grand Slam di Klagenfurt hanno conquistato l’entrata in finale. La coppia dell’Aeronautica Militare in mattinata ha superato in semifinale gli australiani Kapa-McHugh 2-0 (21-13, 21-15) al termine di una gara dominata in lungo e largo. I Campioni d’Europa scenderanno di nuovo in campo alle ore 14.50 (diretta tv su Nuvolari canale 60 DTT streaming Laola1.tv) nella finalissima contro i brasiliani Alison-Bruno.

FLASH SECOND NEWS/ Beach Gr.Slam Klagenfurt: prestigioso secondo posto per Nicolai-Lupo

Nel Grand Slam di Klagenfurt i Campioni d'Europa Daniele Lupo e Paolo Nicolai sono saliti sul secondo gradino più alto del podio, dopo esser stati superati in finale da fortissimi brasiliani Alison-Bruno 2-0 (21-14, 21-17). Nella gara decisiva per il titolo la coppia dell'Aeronautica Militare non è riuscita a tenere il ritmo delle squadra brasiliana, che in entrambi i set è stata sempre al comando. Il secondo posto rappresenta comunque per gli azzurri un risultato di assoluto prestigio, soprattutto perchè Klagenfurt è uno dei tornei più importanti del World Tour, e consente agli azzurri sia di tornare a medaglia dopo il fantastico avvio di stagione che di accumulare punti preziosi per il ranking mondiale. Per la coppia brasiliana, insieme da questa stagione, si tratta invece del primo successo nel circuito Mondiale dopo due finali perse, una delle quali proprio contro Nicolai-Lupo (Open Fuzhou). Nella semifinale Daniele e Paolo si erano sbarazzati senza problemi degli australiani Kapa-McHugh 2-0 (21-13, 21-15).

Le medaglie nel World Tour di Lupo-Nicolai

 2012 Grand Slam Pechino (2° posto); 2012 Grand Slam Gstaad (3° posto); 2013 Open Fuzhou (2° posto); 2013 Grand Slam Corrientes (3° posto);  2013 Grand Slam Long Beach (3° posto); 2013 Grand Slam Xiamen (3° posto); 2014 Open Fuzhou (1° posto); 2014 Grand Slam Shaghai (1° posto); 2014 Grand Slam Klagenfurt (2° posto).

LAST NEWS FINALI MASCHILI (by www.fivb.org) / Brazil’s Alison/Schmidt captures men’s gold medal at FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam
<< Brazil's Alison Cerutti, left and Bruno Oscar Schmidt lead the adoring throng in "We are the Champions' as they capped a superlative week in Austria by winning the gold medal over Italy Sunday to conclude the FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam.
 
Klagenfurt, Austria, August 3, 2014 — As the sun shined brightly on the overflow crowd of more than 10,000 jammed into the stadium center court cheering loudly and singing musical interludes between and even during play, Brazil’s Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt orchestrated one final Austrian symphony in overcoming the challenge of Italy’s Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo to win the men’s gold medal to close another superlative summer festival of beach volleyball at the always amazing double-gender US$800,000 FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam. Australia’s Christopher McHugh/Isaac Kapa won the Klagenfurt bronze medal over Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins.

With Klagenfurt stadium center court overflowing from two hours before the morning semifinal matches to past the conclusion of the artistically composed closing ceremonies, the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour stop was held in Klagenfurt in a spectacular purpose-built venue at picturesque Klagenfurt am Wörthersee.

FIVB PURSE, TOURNEY TOTALS
The FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam was the 308th FIVB men’s tournament since its first event in 1987 and the 272 FIVB women’s tournament since FIVB began women’s competitions in 1992. Gold medal winning teams in each gender in Klagenfurt will split $57,000, silver will receive $43,000, bronze medalists get $32,000 and the fourth place finishers will earn $24,000 of the $800,000 total purse.

GOLD MEDAL REVIEW
As the overflow center court crowd enjoyed the weeklong festival of beach volleyball and the final played in bright sunshine, Brazil’s third-seeded Cerutti/Schmidt the third time was the charm as they Brazilian duo won the Klagenfurt gold medal match over Italy’s seventh-seeded Nicolai/Lupo, 21-14, 21-17 in only 33 minutes. With the victory, Brazil’s Alison/Schmidt, a new team this season, claimed their first victory over Italy’s Nicolai/Lupo after losing in three sets twice earlier this year in Moscow and Fuzhou, China.

Sunday’s rematch was much faster to determine the outcome as Brazil’s Alison/Schmidt played near perfect with forceful blocks and ferocious kills by Alison and amazing digs by Schmidt to subdue the talented Italian duo.

Like he did in his team’s semifinal win earlier Sunday, Brazil’s Alison controlled the net helping give his team large early leads of 6-2 and then 10-5 with a 13-8 score at the technical time out. From that point they continued to play flawlessly, benefitting also from a number of Italian hitting errors with the set ending on a Lupo kill attempt that went wide.

Hoping for a comeback in the second set that never materialized, Italy’s Nicolai/Lupo tied the score one at 6-6 but Brazil’s Alison/Schmidt continued their combined attack and defend performance to pull out ahead to 12-9 at the technical time out.  After the time out, Brazil continued to pour it on with serving, digging, passing, setting, blocking that thrilled the center court crowd like they were watching virtuosos performing a melodic aria. They built leads of 18-13 and 20-14 before a last gasp by Italy’s Nicolai/Lupo saved three set/match points but then Schmidt ended the concerto with a bombastic blast that bounced off of the diving Lupo who was attempting to save it.

After the awarding ceremony, Brazil’s Bruno commented, “This gold medal match was one that took everything we have in us. The Italians played really well and we have lost to them twice this year already. The fans really made the difference for us today. The way they cheer and celebrate every point – they bring out the beast that Alison carries within. He was an absolute monster at the net in both our semifinal win over Latvia and against the Italians.”

Alison, after spraying the huge champagne bottle each team received, said, “I feel very emotional. I love playing in front of the Austrian fans and getting a gold medal here is a very special moment. Even though we lost one match in pool play, Bruno and I played very well here. I think the incredible fans in Klagenfurt actually inspired me to jump higher and dig deeper to make plays to help us against the Italians who made some mistakes or it could have been a lot closer.  It’s great to win our first FIVB gold medal as a team.”

Brazil’s Alison/Schmidt is another new pro beach volleyball duo with veteran players.  As a team this was just their ninth career FIVB World Tour event and fifth final four earning their first gold medal to go along with two silver medals, one bronze and one fourth place finish. Individually, for Alison, silver medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games with Emanuel Rego, this was 83rd FIVB World Tour event, his 41st final four finish and he now has 12 career FIVB World Tour gold medals, 13 silver medals, 11 bronze medals and five fourth place finishes. Schmidt was playing his 85th tournament and 18th final four and was his third career FIVB World Tour gold medal to go with six silver medals, four bronze medals and five fourth place finishes. The Brazilian duo had a 7-1 match record during their week in Klagenfurt.

Italy’s Nicolai/Lupo, who finished fifth in the 2012 London Olympic Games, were playing in their 37th FIVB World Tour event as a team and this was their 11th final four appearance with two gold medals (both this season), three silver medals, four bronze medals and two fourth-place finishes. Individually, for Nicolai was in his 65th career FIVB World Tour event and Lupo was playing in his 45th FIVB World Tour event.

Italy’s Nicolai/Lupo had a 6-2 record in Klagenfurt as they opened the season with two consecutive gold medals in China (Fuzhou and Shanghai) and a fourth place in Moscow. This was their first return to the podium since the Moscow event.

BRONZE MEDAL REVIEW
Australia’s 21st-seeded Christopher McHugh/Isaac Kapa hadn’t beaten their opponents in five attempts, but the sixth time was the charm Sunday as the upset Latvia’s fourth-seeded Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins in straight sets, 24-22 and 21-17in 42 minutes. 
In the series history between the two teams on the FIVB World Tour, against Australia’s McHugh/Kapa  improved the record against Latvia’s Samoilovs/J. Smedins to 1-5.

In Sunday’s bronze medal match, the first set was tied 19 times as the two teams scored repeatedly on side outs. With the last tie at 22-22, Australia recorded the last two points on a poke by McHugh and the set ended on a hitting error by Samoilovs when he kill attempt went just long.

The second set was tied most of the way again like the first, with the last at 14-14 as Australia scored three straight points and a kill by Kapa and two straight kills by McHugh, one off of Samoilovs and then the closer off of a diving J. Smedins to end the set and close the match out.

Obviously excited with the victory and their first FIVB medal, Australia’s McHugh said, “The Latvians are an extremely high profile team and they play a tough brand of beach volleyball – we really enjoy the challenge of taking them on. Klagenfurt for sure is the best event in the world, the crowd interaction is amazing. To reach our first final four here was a very enjoyable experience.”

His teammate Kapa added, “Klagenfurt has been my favorite event for a long time, now that we managed to get a great result here it’s starting to feel a little bit like home. Normally we are sitting in the grand stand on Sunday. Today we got to play in front of this amazing crowd. Today we have reached one of our long term goals and this week has been a dream come true for both of us. To medal, to beat three of the top four-seeded teams who are all the best in our sport and to do it all in Klagenfurt, you can’t ask for anything more.”

Australia’s McHugh/Kapa duo was playing in their 15th FIVB World Tour event as a team and this was their first final four placement and first medal. Individually, this was McHugh’s 66th FIVB World Tour event where his previous career best was fifth place while Kapa was playing in his 60th FIVB international event with a previous best finish of fifth place. They had a 5-3 match record in Klagenfurt, including elimination round wins over the top two-seeded men’s teams in the tournament (USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Sean Rosenthal and Poland’s Mariusz Prudel/Grzegorz Fijalek) as well as the fourth-seeded Latvians in the bronze medal match.

Latvia’s Samoilovs/J. Smedins were playing in their their 23rd career FIVB World Tour event and this was their 10th final four appearance and they have four gold medals, three silver, one bronze and two fourth place finishes as a team.  Individually, this was the 117th career FIVB World Tour event for Samoilovs, his 11th final four placement and he now has four career FIVB gold medals, four silver medals, one bronze and two fourth place finishes. J. Smedins, bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games, was playing in his 85th career FIVB World Tour event and 14th final four with five career gold medals, four silver medals, two bronze medals and three fourth place finishes. They had a 5-2 match record in Klagenfurt.

SEMIFINAL RESULTS
Starting Sunday’s sunshine-filled final day of action, another overflow Klagenfurt stadium center court crowd cheered, chanted and sang continuously the first semifinal saw Italy’s seventh-seeded Nicolai/Lupo end the upset string by defeating Australia’s 21st-seeded McHugh/Kapa in two quick sets, 21-13, 21-15 in 33 minutes. Italy now leads the series between the two teams, 3-0.

In the second semifinal, Brazil’s third-seeded Alison/Schmidt truly overpowered Latvia’s fourth-seeded Samoilovs/J. Smedins  in twin sets to give the Latvians their first loss in Klagenfurt, 21-14, 21-17 in 35 minutes. Brazil’s Alison/Schmidt tandem now leads the series with Latvia’s Samoilovs/J. Smedins, 2-1.

In the first semifinal, Italy dominated from the start of the first set with Nicolai’s numerous blocks and Lupo’s digs and serves keeping the Australians off-balance.

Making offensive and defensive adjustments, the second set started much closer with Australia’s McHugh/Kapa continuing to battle with fewer mistakes and trailed by just one point at the technical time out, 10-11. Italy’s Nicolai/Lupo regrouped at that point, scoring four straight points during a 6-1 run after the break to lead 17-11. Australia’s McHugh/Kapa made a comeback attempt with a 4-1 run of their own to close to 15-18 but Italy’s Nicolai scored again on another brilliant block and the Italians closed out the set and match to advance to the gold medal match.

In the second semifinal, Brazil’s Alison/Schmidt took charge early in both sets and would let Latvia’s Samoilovs/J. Smedins get into any rhythm on the court. Brazil’s Alison dominated the net with massive monster kill after kill that couldn’t be returned in both sets and blocks delivered with the velocity of a hammer striking down. Alison ended the first lopsided set with a kill of J. Smedins.

The second set was closer as Latvia tried to get back into the match and it was tied five times up to 8-8 then another crowd-pleasing Alison block gave Brazil just enough cushion that they were able to stay at least one point ahead until running off three straight to make the score 20-16 when Schmidt ended the set and match with a kill inside the back sideline for the Brazilian victory.

THE VENUE
Arguably the most popular event of many ‘favorite’ events on the FIVB World Tour, the Klagenfurt venue features a purpose-built 8,000-seat stadium center court and massive two-story VIP hospitality area and private dock along with another private players dock alongside the shores of spectacularly beautiful Lake Woerth in western Klagenfurt, which is located in Southern Austria.

HOME IN KLAGENFURT
This year was an unprecedented 17th time in the last 18 years that the Klagenfurt am Wörthersee site has hosted the international circuit. While the men’s world tour has been in Klagenfurt 16 straight times from 1997 through 2012 before this year for this magical summer festival, the women’s world tour was in Klagenfurt for 12 consecutive years from 2001 through 2012 prior to this year.

POLAND NEXT
After Klagenfurt, the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour takes two weeks off before resuming in Poland with another very popular event, the $800,000 FIVB Stare Jablonki Grand Slam, Aug. 19-24 in the Mazury region of the country. It will be the ninth of 10 FIVB Grand Slams in 2014.>>



LAST NEWS FINALISSIMA FEMMINILE ( by www.fivb.org) / Brazil sweeps Women’s podium at FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam

<< In the all-Brazilian gold medal match, Larissa Franca, center, launches the Mikasa towards her old teammate Juliana Felisberta as Larissa's new teammate prepares to react as Larissa/Talita won the crown at the FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam Saturday.
 
Klagenfurt, Austria, August 2, 2014 — Olympians and former FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour season champions returned to the court Saturday in Austria on opposite side of the net as an all-Brazilian finale saw Brazil’s Larissa Franca/ Talita Antunes defeat Brazilian compatriots Maria Antonelli/Juliana Felisberta to win the gold medal at the superbly spectacular double-gender US$800,000 FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam. Brazil swept the podium with Agatha Bednarzcuk/Barbara Seixas winning the bronze medal over Italy’s Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth.

For the 50th time in the history of women’s competition on the FIVB World Tour there was all-Brazilian gold medal match. This one was held in Klagenfurt, Austria in a purpose-built venue at picturesque Klagenfurt Am Wörthersee.  The powerful South American country has now earned FIVB women’s records of 438 final four placements, 360 total medals on the FIVB World Tour, including 133 gold, 113 silver medals, 114 bronze medals and 78 fourth place finishes. It is also the 20th time that Brazil has swept the podium in a women’s FIVB World Tour event and first time since an event in Brazil in 2008.

Sunday, the men will have their semifinals and medal matches to conclude the 2014 FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam. Local event information, including live scoring, match play-by-play and statistics are available at www.beachvolleyball.at.

FIVB PURSE, TOURNEY TOTALS
The FIVB Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam is the 308th FIVB men’s tournament since its first event in 1987 and the 272nd FIVB women’s tournament since FIVB began women’s competitions in 1992. Gold medal winning teams in each gender in Klagenfurt will split $57,000, silver will receive $43,000, bronze medalists get $32,000 and the fourth place finishers will earn $24,000 of the $800,000 total purse.

 


GOLD MEDAL REVIEW
In the precisely-played all-Brazilian battle of former teammates, all four are Olympians and Juliana, Larissa and Talita are all also former FIVB World Tour point champions In Klagenfurt, Juliana and Larissa played nine times as a team winning gold medals in 2009 and 2010 in addition to winning the FIVB World Tour points championship seven times and the bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Antonelli and Talita played four times together in Klagenfurt with a high of winning the bronze medal in 2012.

In front of an appreciative, applauding overflow crowd in the Klagenfurt stadium center court, Brazil’s 19th-seeded Larissa/Antunes rolled up their sleeves and in workmanlike fashion pushed and pulled just enough to hold off the repeated charges of their Brazilian compatriots fourth-seeded Antonelli/Juliana in two intense and entertaining sets, 22-20 and 21-19 in 38 minutes of an Austrian rhapsody in A1 sharp.

In the two sets, Brazil’s Antonelli/Juliana led in the first set led briefly at 16-15 after knotting up the score for the first time at 13, 14 and 15 before Talita’s pressure with repeated kills and Larissa’s defense and serves Talita ended the set with a cut shot and two blocks on Juliana.

In second set, Brazil’s Larissa/Talita jumped out front 3-0 and kept a cushion of two or three points throughout except for ties at 6-6 and 16-16. Brazil’s Larissa/Talita had set and match point at 20-18, but a Juliana kill down the line put her team within one before Talita ended the match with another kill that went off of Antonelli.

On the other side of the net, Brazil’s Larissa/Talita, 7-1 in Klagenfurt, were playing in just their third FIVB World Tour event as a team and this was their first final four after a pair of ninth-place finishes in The Hague and Long Beach. Individually, Larissa has now played in 118 FIVB events and 89 FIVB World Tour final fours with 47 gold, 20silver, 17 bronze and five fourth place finishes. Talita has now played in 134 FIVB events and has earned 63 FIVB World Tour final fours with 19 gold, 14 silver, 14 bronze and 16 fourth place finishes.

Brazil’s Antonelli/Juliana, 6-1 in Klagenfurt, were playing in their 11th FIVB World Tour event and sixth final four as a team. As a new team, Brazil’s Antonelli/Juliana has won four silver, one bronze and one fourth place finish. Antonelli has now played in 101 FIVB World Tour events, earning 44 final fours with nine gold, 12 silver, 13 bronze medals and 10 fourth place finishes. Juliana has now played 123 FIVB World Tour events and recorded 93 final fours with 45 gold, 24 silver, 18 bronze medals and six fourth place finishes.

This was actually the second meeting between the two new teams with Brazil’s Larissa/Talita winning in two sets in a pool play match last week in Long Beach, USA as well.

Following the post-match awarding ceremony Larissa said, “I want to thank all of the great fans here in Klagenfurt for cheering for us. It was great fun to play against my former partner in the final. The atmosphere was great and the match was really, really tough, today we were a little bit better and therefore we managed to win.  Talita had some superb plays at the net and we needed every one of them.”

Talita remarked herself, “The fans in Klagenfurt are awesome. This is the best beach volleyball tournament in the world and I am very happy to have won the gold medal with Larissa. Hopefully we can defend our Klagenfurt title for years to come. We played well as a team today, we had to otherwise we definitely would have lost because Maria and Juliana weren’t fooling around and came very close. But it was our day and it feels unbelievable.”

 


BRONZE MEDAL REVIEW
Giving Brazil its first FIVB World Tour podium sweep since 2008, Brazil’s third-seeded Bednarczuk/Seixas won the bronze medal by defeating Italy’s 22nd-seeded Menegatti/Orsi Toth, 21-18, 21-18 in 40 minutes in front of an overflow crowd on the Klagenfurt stadium center court.

Both sets were close with Brazil’s Bednarczuk/Seixas playing consistently with just enough fewer mistakes to pull out both sets by the same scores.

Italy’s Menegatti/Orsi Toth duo , 5-3, were playing in just their 14th FIVB World Tour event and this was their third final four appearance. Individually, Menegatti, a 2012 Olympian has now played in 66 career FIVB international tournament with 15 FIVB World Tour final four appearances with four bronze medals and seven fourth place finishes. Viktoria has played in 26 career FIVB international tournaments with three FIVB World Tour final four placements including three fourth place finishes. In 2010 Menegatti/Orsi Toth won the silver medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships in Alanya, Turkey.

Brazil’s Bednarczuk/Seixas, 6-1 in Klagenfurt, duo was playing in their 19th FIVB World Tour event together and this is their fifth final four appearance with one gold medal, this year at the FIVB Puerto Vallarta Open in Mexico and now four bronze medals as a team. Individually Bednarczuk is playing in her 74th FIVB career tournament while Seixas is playing in her 39th. This is the 10th FIVB World Tour final four for Bednarczuk with one gold medal, four bronze medals and two fourth place finishes. For Seixas, this was her eighth FIVB World Tour final four with one gold medal and five bronze medals.

The teams have now met four times this season with Brazil’s Bednarczuk/Seixas still undefeated at 4-0 for the brief series history, but this was the first time they met in a medal match, having previously met in the round of 16 this year in Long Beach and Stavanger with both going three sets and a two-set match in Berlin prior to Saturday’s win in Klagenfurt.

Seixas said after her team’s bronze medal win, “We have trained a lot and we have worked very hard and have had a very good season so far. It has been an exhausting season for us because we have to travel all the time, but we are happy to be here. I mean to play here with this crowd, this is incredible…amazing.”

With her sentiments, Bednarczuk commented, “It’s the first time we have played here in Klagenfurt, so we had wished so much for this medal. We know that the people know about the game and it was very nice. Part of the people from Austria are crazy fans, we love to play here.  We played a much better match than we did in losing our semifinal but we did keep in close and made Larissa and Talita earn their win over us.  It was amazing to have three Brazilian teams on the podium.”

SEMIFINAL RESULTS
Saturday’s final day of women’s competition in Klagenfurt started n the morning with the semifinal matches featuring three teams from Brazil and one from Italy.

Meeting in the first semifinal Saturday morning, Brazil’s Antonelli/Juliana opened the day in front of another huge crowd on the Klagenfurt stadium center court with a convincing two-set win over Italy’s Menegatti/Orsi Toth, 21-8, 21-18 in just 34 minutes.

The second semifinal was an-all Brazilian semifinal where seeds didn’t matter a bit because it was like another tournament on Copacabana Beach in Rio as Brazil’s Larissa/Talita avenged a pool play loss to Brazil’s Bednarczuk/Seixas, winning in two tight sets, 21-19, 21-18 in 35 minutes.

As lacking in drama was the first semifinal, from start to finish, the all-Brazilian semifinal was a daring dual in the Klagenfurt stadium center court sand where another full house saw Brazil’s Larissa/Talita overcome some early first-set mistakes to consistently keep control in both sets, if not by large margins to set up an all-Brazilian gold medal match.

In the first set, was tied for seven points up to 13-13 before Brazil’s Larissa/Talita went on two short runs, building up a 20-16 before their compatriots Bednarczu/Seixas scored three save points before Talita ended it with a vicious kill to the back left corner.

In the second set, the score was tied five times up to 5-5 when Brazil’s Larissa/Talita went on a 7-2 run to build up a 12-7 cushion and kept a three-point edge until Brazil’s Bednarczuk/Seixas closed to one point at 18-19 when Talita scored on two consecutive corner kills to end the set and match.

HOME IN KLAGENFURT
This year marked an unprecedented 17th time in the last 18 years that the Klagenfurt am Wörthersee site has hosted the international circuit. While the men’s world tour was in Klagenfurt 16 straight times from 1997 through 2012 for this magical summer festival, the women’s world tour was previously in Klagenfurt for 12 consecutive years from 2001 through 2012.

THE VENUE
Arguably the most popular event of many ‘favorite’ events on the FIVB World Tour, the Klagenfurt venue features a purpose-built 8,000-seat stadium center court and massive two-story VIP hospitality area and private dock along with another private players dock alongside the shore of spectacularly beautiful Lake Woerth in western Klagenfurt, which is located in Southern Austria.

 

EXTRATIME by SS/ La cover è per Lupo-Nicolai silver medal a Klagenfurt.
Poi per quanto riguarda la fotogallery partiamo dalla panoramica by sandy show di Klagenfurt.
Quindi tutta una serie di immagini dedicate a Lupo/Nicolai fino ai golden boy Alison & Bruno winners con tanto di didascalia incorporata.
Identico il nostro viaggio dedicato a Marta Menegatti & Viktoria Orsi Toth fino a Juliana Filiberta & Talita Antonelli e poi the winners Larissa / Talita con tanto di didascalia incorporata.
Infine in chiusura del nostro girotondo intorno al mondo beach volley targato Klagenfurt, e come contro cover ai boys Lupo-Nicolai, ecco le girls Menegatti & Orsi Toth …pronte a ripartire dal quarto posto per la prossima avventura.


Sergio Sottovia
www.polesinesport.it