Barbara/Fernanda win gold in Xiamen thriller

 Xiamen, China, April 23, 2017 – Brazil’s Barbara Seixas De Freitas and Fernanda Alves take their first FIVB World Tour title together beating China’s Fan Wang and Yue Yuan at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Xiamen Open 2017.

The packed stadium at Guanyinshan Gold Beach witnessed a fierce final between Barbara/Fernanda and China’s Fan Wang and Yue Yuan. Blustery wind was the theme of the day providing an additional challenge for every team.

Impressive net play Fernanda helped the Brazilians take the edge in the first set, but the Yuan’s ever dangerous serve brought China back into play in the second. As the match was sent into the tiebreak to the delight of the home crowd, a nail biting fight to the finish ensued.

Wang’s block saved two match points, before another was saved with an exciting scrambling point. Barbara made sure of the third and the Brazilian pair earned their first gold together since teaming up at the beginning of the season, 2-1 (21-12, 19-21, 16-14).

“We feel really happy, we had some really tough matches to get here. We needed this result and we are so happy, because we are getting better and better. This is our first title, so it’s very special for us,” said Barbara.