SAO PAULO - Brazil Grand Slam 2014/ Larissa-Talita ORO beachers vs silver Marta Menegatti & Viktoria Orsi Toth, 3° Meppelink-Van Iersel


28/09/2014

Sono arrivare dove volevano arrivare Marta & Viki, cioè a disputare la finale. E l’hanno giocata alla grande: Per quanto mi riguarda ho visto la semifinale che le azzurre Menegatti & Orsi Toth hanno vinto al tie break vs Meppelink-Van Iersel e davvero ho creduto nel miracolo contro le verde-oro Larissa Talita. Ebbene il miracolo l’hano sfiorato , però Marta & Viki hanno dimostrato quella straordinaria continuità che appartiene ai “campioni” e che peraltro finora mai avevano dimostrato fino in fondo.
E il sottoscritto che “everyday” le segue dalle qualificazioni alle  finali di ogni tappa del World Tour, vi raccomanda di seguurle più spesso, magari sul sito www.volleyball.it e su www.feedervoley.it , perché ne hanno la professionalità gusta per segnalarvi tutti I risultati e tutto l’affetto per le azzurre Marta & Viki.
Anche per questo stavolta voglio segnalarvi qui di seguito, News by News, tutto quanto è successo a San Paolo in Brasile, proprio con le News step by stop pubblicate sui siti sopracitati , prima  di concludere come sempre con l’interpretazione dell’Evento Story brasiliano a San Paolo secondo il vangelo internazionale by www.fivb.org.
Giusto per onorarle e per integrare il tutto con qualche flash ulteriore nel canonico Extratime finale, a corredo della fotogallery fatto anche di ‘frame & crop” by streaming su www.laiola1.org , dove vale la pena di collegarsi sempre per vedere il meglio del beach volley targato World Tour 2014 ma anche altri eventi sportivi internazionali.


PRIMA NEWS ( by www.volleyball.it , venerdì 26 settembre 2014 ) SAN PAOLO GRAND SLAM 2014/ Grand Slam: Menegatti-Orsi Toth subito agli ottavi
SAO PAULO (g.t.) - Nonostante la sconfitta inattesa di mercoledì contro Grossner-Schneider le azzurre Orsi Toth-Menegatti hanno vinto la pool eliminatoria nel Grand Slam di Sao Paulo grazie al successo contro le più quotate Borger-Buthe nell'ultima partita del girone.
Con questo risultato le 2 passano direttamente agli ottavi di finale mentre martedì erano uscite in qualificazione Momoli-Bacchi.

Risultati coppie italiane, 23 settembre / Qualificazioni
Hansel-Schwaiger S. AUT [5] - Momoli-Bacchi ITA [12]  2-1 (21-14, 18-21, 18-16) 0:56

 

 


24 settembre
Pool F

Menegatti-Orsi Toth ITA [11] - Hansel-Schwaiger S. AUT [27] 2-1 (20-22, 23-21, 16-14) 0:52
Menegatti-Orsi Toth ITA [11] - Großner-Schneider GER [22] 0-2 (19-21, 18-21) 0:37
25 settembre
Borger-Büthe GER [6] Menegatti-Orsi Toth ITA [11] 0-2 (10-21, 16-21) 0:35
Classifica: Menegatti-Orsi Toth 5, Borger-Büthe 5, Hansel-Schwaiger S. 4, Großner-Schneider 4.

 

Programma 26 settembre
Ottavi di finale
Menegatti-Orsi Toth ITA [11] vs.  vincente Holtwick-Semmler GER [3] - Dicello-Carico USA [23]


SECONDA NEWS ( www.federvolley.it , 26-09-2014 ) / Grand Slam Sao Paulo - Menegatti-Orsi Toth in semifinale superando Walsh-Ross

Colpo importante del beach volley femminile italiano: Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth hanno raggiunto le semifinali del Grand Slam di Sao Paulo. Su una delle più celebri spiagge del mondo si sono tolte la soddisfazione di eliminare nei quarti di finale Walsh-Ross, due "mostri" sacri della specialità. Netta vittoria per 2-0 (21-16 21-17) delle azzurre nei quarti altrettanto netta quella negli ottavi (raggiunti grazie al successo nella pool) sempre contro una coppia usa Dicello-Carico 2-0 (21-16 21-19).
 In semifinale Menegatti-Orsi Toth troveranno dall'altra parte della rete le olandesi  Meppelink-Van Iersel.

   



TERZA NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it , 27-09-2014 ) / Grand Slam Sao Paolo - Grandi Menegatti-Orsi Toth, è finale
Nell’ultimo Grand Slam dell’anno splendida affermazione delle azzurre Marta Menegatti e Viktoria Orsi Toth che a Sao Paolo (Brasile) hanno raggiunto la finale, battendo in semifinale le campionesse d'Europa olandesi Meppelink-Van Iersel per 2-1 (21-15 18-21 15-11). Un grande risultato, il più importante per questa coppia che gioca insieme soltanto da poco più di un anno. La prima finale del World Tour per Viktoria Orsi Toth, la quinta per Marta Menegatti (con tre compagne diverse Rosso, Cicolari e Orsi Toth). Le ragazze di Paulao domani (ore 14.45 italiane, diretta streaming Laola1.tv) si troveranno di fronte le padroni di casa Larissa-Talita, coppia più in forma del momento e vincitrice nei due Grand Slam precedenti (Klagenfurt e Stare Jablonki).

 

 

 

In semifinale Marta e Viktoria si sono prese una sorta di rivincita contro le olandesi che nell’Europeo di Cagliari interruppero la loro corsa ai quarti di finale. Nel primo set le azzurre sono state padroni del campo mantenendosi sempre al comando, senza dare possibilità a Meppelink-Van Iersel di replicare.
A lungo equilibrato il secondo parziale fino a quando sono state le campionesse europee a trovare il break decisivo. Intense e combattute le prime fasi del tie-break, ma sul 10-10 le azzurre hanno accelerato in maniera decisa e si sono involate verso la vittoria. Una finale meritatissima, anche perché nei quarti Menegatti-Orsi Toth erano state autrici di una prova impeccabile contro le fortissime statunitensi Kerri Walsh (3 ori olimpici) e April Ross.

 

 

THEY SAID IT ( by www.fivb-org. 27.09.2014) / HAHHO DETTO …LE FINALISTE PRIMA DELLA FINALE
Viktoria Orsi Toth (ITA): "At the end of the tie-break I was shaking, I wasn't feeling good, I had some bad and good sensations. It's a dream, it's my first time in a final, I'm very happy and very emotional. We have worked really hard in this season, and sometimes we lost some important matches by just two points and now finally everything goes in the good way. It's unexpected but we worked really hard for this.”
Marta Menegatti (ITA): “I feel very good, this is not my first final in the World Tour, but this is my first final with Viki, just one year and two months that we have played together, so the satisfaction is... I have no words! We worked a lot, we like each other in the court and outside the court and I think this is our strength, and we never give up. I said to Viki to think ball by ball. We just kept calm. We lost at the beginning of the season against the Netherlands in the European Championship at home, so we took our opportunity to win against them.”

 

 

Larissa (BRA): “I was a year and a half without playing and then returned to the sand. The principal motivation was to get a place at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. We are fighting for our fifth consecutive title and I'm very happy to return to the FIVB World Tour and form a very strong partnership with Talita. More important than the results is the performance of the pair, because Larissa and Talita are big players, but we still need to see if we form a good team. We are worried about the Italian team because no-one gets to the final by accident. We will study them a lot because to play a stage like the FIVB World Tour in Brazil is very special, and we really want to win this title at home.”
Talita (BRA): “We have a lot that we need to evolve, to grow step by step. Each game we find something new, something happens and we need to adapt. We always go on court trying to give our best.”

 

 

Marleen Van Iersel (NED): “I'm feeling really excited, this is our last tournament of the season and I'm really happy we closed it off with a medal.
I think we can be very happy with this as a first year, we've had our ups and downs, I think the highest point was winning the European Championships and we got bronze two times bronze, so I think for the first year I'm really happy and I'm looking forward to continuing playing with Madelein. We are two really good players, but it's always a question of whether you fit together as a team, but I think this year has shown that we really do fit together as a team and I'm looking forward to the future. I think we both have our own qualities and we find ways to help each other. After we lost our semifinal, I first I yelled really loud, then we went back to the hotel and I took a very long shower and let it all go, and then I decided that when I got out of the shower I was going to switch that button and be ready for the next game.

 

 

 
 QUARTA NEWS ( by www.federvolley.it , 28-09-2014 )/ SECONDO POSTO PER MARTA & VIKI , ORO PER TALITA-LILIANA / Beach Gr.Slam Sao Paolo: splendido secondo posto per Menegatti-Orsi Toth

Si è chiusa con un secondo posto la splendida cavalcata di Marta Menegatti e Vitoria Orsi Toth nel Grand Slam di Sao Paolo. Le due azzurre in finale hanno ceduto alle fortissime brasiliane Larissa-Talita 2-1 (18-21, 23-21, 21-19), al termine di una gara combattuta ed emozionante dall'inizio alla fine. Per le ragazze di Paulao il secondo posto rappresenta il miglior risultato in carriera nel World Tour, eguagliando l’analogo piazzamento già raggiunto da Marta Menegatti tre volte con Greta Cicolari e una con Valeria Rosso. Viktoria Orsi Toth ha invece colto il primo podio nel circuito mondiale.

 

 

Nella finalissima contro le brasiliane Talita-Lima le azzurre sono partite alla grande, prendendo il comando del gioco nel primo set e imponendosi 21-18. Nel secondo le brasiliane hanno reagito sin dai primi scambi, tentando l’allungo. Menegatti-Orsi Toth con pazienza sono rimaste a contatto e punto su punto si sono riportate in parità, prima di cedere ai vantaggi. Ancora più emozionante il tie-break con le due squadre che hanno dato vita a scambi spettacolari e si sono risposte colpo su colpo. La coppia verdeoro è arrivata per prima al match point, ma le italiane hanno ancora una volta rimontato.

 

 

Le ragazze di Paulao, però, non sono riuscite a sfruttare le occasioni per chiudere la gara e così alla fine sono state superate 21-19. La sconfitta non sminuisce comunque il fantastico torneo delle azzurre, che in Brasile hanno mostrato un ottimo livello di gioco, confermato dall’eccellente prestazione nella finale contro la coppia più forte del momento, e soprattutto dalle bellissime vittorie contro le olandesi Meppelink-Van Iersel e le statunitensi Walsh-Ross. Il secondo posto porta in dote alle azzurre punti importanti per il Ranking Mondiale e apre incoraggianti orizzonti per il futuro, considerando che la coppia italiana è insieme dal luglio scorso.

 

 

SESTA NEWS / by www.fivb.org, 28.09.2014) / LARISSA & TALITA GOLDEN MEDALS WINNERS VS MART MENEGATTI & VIKTORIA ORSI TOTH / ( Brazil holds off Italy to win women’s gold at FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam )

Brazil's Larissa Franca, left, digs deep to pass the Mikasa to Talita Antunes as the Brazilians came from behind to beat Italy's Menegatti/Orsi Toth in three sets to earn the gold medal Sunday at the FIVB Sao Paulo Grand Slam.
São Paulo, Brazil, September 28, 2014 — It may have taken 55 minutes, to decide it, but for the packed stadium in Brazil, it was a treat to experience as host-country favorites Larissa Franca/Talita Antunes came from behind and held off the valiant effort by Italy’s Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth Sunday to capture the gold medal during the closing day of the double-gender US$800,000 FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam.

 

 

The 2014 FIVB Bach Volleyball World Tour stop was held in a purpose-built venue on the grounds of the Barueri Arena.
On Sunday, the women’s and men’s gold medal matches and awarding ceremony closed the FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam in the Barueri stadium center court. Netherlands’ Christiaan Varenhorst/ReinderNummerdor won the men’s gold medal prior to the start of the women’s finale.
FIVB PURSE
Gold medal winning teams in each gender in São Paulo 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 RESULTS
With all the ups and downs and emotion of a Coney Island roller coaster, the women’s gold medal match was an energy-draining, crowd-pleasing nail biter that eventually kept the home-country fans on their feet cheering Brazil’s seventh-seeded Larissa/Talita Antunes who came from behind to defeat Italy’s surprisingly tough 11th-seeded Menegatti/Toth in three sets, two of which went to overtime. When it was over, Brazil’s Larissa/Antunes scrapped and fought their way to a victory over Italy’s Menegotti/Toth, 18-21, 23-21 and 19-17 in 55 minutes.

Teams with a contrasting style of play as well as experience met for gold Sunday as Italy’s young and talented 11th-seeded Menegatti/Orsi Toth  battled toe-to-toe with Brazil’s veteran and super-talented seventh-seeded Larissa Franca/Talita Antunes as experience and the home-country support barely proved to be the difference in the outcome. It was the first meeting between the two teams as Brazil’s Larissa/Talita leave São Paulo with a perfect 7-0 match record and the gold medal while Italy’s Menegatti/Orsi Toth leave with a 5-2 record and the silver medal.

 

 

As a team, this is the fourth final four appearance and first medal for the Italians in 16 events as a team. Individually, Menegatti is playing her 68th FIVB World Tour event with four silver medals and 16 final four finishes to her credit.  Orsi Toth is playing her 28th tournament overall with three fourth place finishes and four final fours on the world tour. In 2010, the Italian duo won the silver medal at the FIVB U21 World Championships in Alanya, Turkey.

Brazil’s Larissa/Talita, both former FIVB World Tour champions and Olympians, have a 28-4 record since combining as a team this year. They were playing in just their fifth FIVB World Tour event together and now have three gold medals. Individually, Larissa has 49 career FIVB gold medals while Talita has earned 21 career FIVB gold medals.

 

 

GOLD MEDAL RECAP
With the capacity crowd on the Barueri stadium center court cheering, dancing and on their feet the majority of the match, Italy started by playing flawlessly with the net play of Orsi Toth and the kills and digs by Menegatti. In the first set there were four ties and just two lead changes as the Italians played near flawlessly in executing their game plan while anticipating where the Brazilians would attack most of the set. The last tie was at 9-9 where the Italians scored twice to take their second two-point lead at this point which they kept until the final set winner when Larissa’s serve went long to end the set.

The second set saw seven ties and three lead changes as Brazil’s Larissa/Talita seemed to pick up their game some but Italy’s Menegatti/Orsi Toth weren’t about to quit.  After Talita’s corner kill gave Brazil a 14-11 lead, Italy answered four straight points to pull ahead 16-14, but Brazil answered with two straight to tie the set at 18-18. The set was tied at 19-19 on a Talita kill down the middle, but Menegatti answered with a kill of her own to save set point after Talita had scored on a block of Menegatti to go ahead 20-19. After exchanging points to tie the set at 21-21, Brazil scored the final two points on a Talita kill off of Orsi Toth and a great dig and a huge kill down the middle by Larissa that again brought the crowd to their feet.

 

 

The full-house was almost raucous at this point, waiting for the tiebreaker set and rooting for their home country heros. Brazil’s Larissa/Talita didn’t disappoint, scoring the first point, but the score in the set would wind up being tied 15 times with four lead changes before Brazil won it and the match, 21-19 where 15 points is the regulation total. After Brazil led early, Italy led briefly at 8-7 before Brazil scored three straight on a block and two kills by Talita to go up 10-8. Italy tied it again at 13-13 and after Italy saved a match point, Italy somewhat silenced the crowd with three points to take a 17-16 lead.

Brazil then saved a match point, trailing 17-18 on a Talita cross court kill before Italy saved a match point to tie it at 19-19 when Menegatti stuffed Talita at the net.  Brazil then ended the set and won the match with a Talita poke shot followed by a Talita hook shot kill to just inside the sideline, giving Brazil the overtime set and match victory.

 


 

THEY SAID IT
Larissa (BRA): “We are managing to get out of difficult situations, even with a short amount of time together. This is very positive because we didn't know how the partnership would be. We knew the quality of Talita and Larissa, but we needed to function as a team. Fortunately things are going well. A lot of pople thought that we would win easy, but the favouritism doesn't go on the court, they played a great game. This type if victory gives a very big mental strength.”

Talita (BRA): “The Italians should be congratulated, they did an excellent job to get to the final on merit. They are a new team, players that will keep getting better. I think that our experience helped a little, to stop, breathe and put your head in a place to return the ball. It was an emotional game, we knew their style of play; fast, and that we would just win if we made the minimum amount of errors.”

Marta Menegatti (ITA) “It's a second place in a FIVB Grand Slam, and that's okay for us, we are so happy, so satisfied, but when you're here to play a final you want to win and when you lose, especially so close, it's not good.”

 

 

WOMEN’S TEAM BRAZIL
As the host nation, Brazil started with six women’s teams in the field of 32, four teams automatically pre-seeded into the main draw and the two that advanced from the qualifier. For the women, the pre-seeded main draw teams from Brazil 22-9 overall so far as individual Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas, (1-2), Juliana Felisberta/Maria Antonelli (4-1), Larissa Franca/Talita Antunes (8-0) and Liliane Maestrini/Rebecca Cavalcanti (2-3). Advancing from the qualification tournament were Taiana Lima/Fernanda Alves (1-2) and sisters Carolina and Maria Clara Salgado (6-2). Bednarczuk/Seixas and Lima/Alves were eliminated from pool play and the other four advanced to elimination play. Juliana/Antonelli finished fifth, Maestrini/Calvalcanti finished ninth, while Larissa/Talita are playing for gold and the Salgado sisters finished fourth.

FIVB AT HOME IN BRAZIL
The FIVB São Paulo Grand Slam was the 310th FIVB men’s tournament since its first event in 1987 and the 274th FIVB women’s tournament since FIVB began women’s competitions in 1992. There has been at least one FIVB World Tour event in Brazil since it started 28 years ago and this was the 36th men’s and 31st women’s FIVB World Tour event held in Brazil.

BRAZILIAN WOMEN’S BOUNTY
With extremely enthusiastic standing-room-only crowds in the stadium center courts each event, in the 31 women’s events in Brazil, the home country has earned 19 gold medals following the by the USA with 11 and China has the other gold. Brazil has swept the podium five times in women’s tournaments. Most recently, the Brazilian women’s most recent sweep was in 2008 in Guarajà.

 

 

NEXT UP
With the grand slam portion of the 2014 FIVB World Tour now complete, the tour continues through December with five FIVB Open events spread across the globe. Remaining on the 2014 calendar are four double-gender FIVB Open events along with one men-only FIVB Open tournament.

Next up, the 2014 FIVB World Tour will travel to China for the double-gender FIVB Xiamen Open (Oct. 7-12), followed by the double-gender FIVB Parana Open (Oct. 28-Nov. 2).

After those two events, the 2014 FIVB World Tour will head to Qatar for the men-only FIVB Doha Open (Nov. 4-8) then on to India for the double-gender FIVB Chennai Open (Nov. 25-30) before concluding in South Africa with the double-gender FIVB Mangaung Open (Dec. 9-14).

 

 

EXTRATIME by SS/ La cover è per Marta Menegatti & Viktoria Orsi Toth che brindano al loro splendido secondo posto a San Paolo del Brasile, per una stagione che non poteva finire meglio … se consideriamo la medaglia d’oro sfuggita soltanto per pochissimi punti e al tie break.

Poi per quanto riguarda la fotogallery presentiamo tutta una serie di flash scattati a Marta & Viki direttamente sullo …schermo dello streaming che ho visto su www.laiola1.org relativamente alla semifinale vinta dalle azzurre vs le olandesi Meppelink/Marleen ( che vi presentiamo in relax time out con sfondo Gatorade). Le stesse che dopo il tabellino certificativo della sconfitta vs Marta & Viki vengono documentate  e certificate winners medaglia di bronzo/terzo posto vs Maria Clara – Carol, nel match diretto dai due arbitri Saavedra & Papadogoulas che mostriamo con didascalia incorporata.
Per un match da medaglia di bronzo che vi mostriamo ancora come da seguente didascalia by www.fivb.org: << Brazil's Maria Clara Salgado, left, and Netherlands' Madelein Meppelink battle at the net during the women's bronze medal match Saturday won by Netherland's Meppelink/Marleen van Iersel at the FIVB Sao Paulo Grand Slam.>>
Fino alla certificazione della vittoria by olandesi per 2 set a zero.

Mentre per quanto riguarda la finale tanto attesa ( e che non ho potuto vedere perché ero radiocronista dal Bettinazzi di Adria per Delta Radio)  eccovi lo ‘schermo’ di attesa by www.fivb.org.
Ma per onorare l’argento ‘praticamente d’oro’  , rieccovi Marta & Viki intervistate dopo la straordinaria vittoria nella semifinale vs le olandesi; e a seguire il brindisi by silver posio cui ci associamo sentitamente. .
Invece per quanto riguarda la golden medal, ecco dulcis in fundo  il ‘cammeo’ by www.fivb.org dedicato a Larissa & Talita mostrate in fase bagger nel corso della finalissima vinta dalle brasiliane vs le italiane.

 


Sergio Sottovia
www.polesinesport.it