Lausanne, Switzerland, February 21, 2017 - Russia claimed two podium spots on Kish Island as the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) held the second event on the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour last week.
Russia captured both the gold and bronze medals and Poland claimed the silver medal at the men’s only FIVB Kish Island 3-Star tournament. It was the second straight year that the FIVB World Tour has held an event in Iran. FIVB Star System
Officially debuting at Kish Island, the format for the new FIVB Star System has the 1-Star to 4-Star events playing single-elimination tournaments for the Main Draw. The FIVB 5-Star events still have qualifying tournaments followed by 32-team Main Draws featuring pool play followed by a single elimination phase.FIVB Kish Island podium, from left, Poland's Bartosz Losiak/Piotr Kantor (silver), Russia's Nikita Liamin/Viacheslav Krasilnikov (gold) and Russia's Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin (bronze).
Winning the men’s gold medal at the FIVB Kish Island 3-Star with a perfect 5-0 match record was Russia’s second-seeded Viacheslav Krasilinokov/Nikita Liamin who came from behind to upset Poland’s top-seeded Olympians Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak in three sets 2-1 (18-21, 21-19, 15-8) in 44 minutes. Playing in their second FIVB World Tour event as a team, it was the second career FIVB World Tour gold medal for Russia’s Krasilinokov and the first for Liamin.
Earning the men’s bronze medal on Kish Island was Russia’s fourth-seeded Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin who won in three sets over Germany’s Lorenz Schumann/Julius Thole, 2-1 (13-21, 21-17, 15-7) in 39 minutes.
In the Kish Island men’s semifinals, Russia’s Krasilnikov/Liamin beat Germany’s Schumann/Thole in two sets, 2-0 (21-19, 21-15) in 36 minutes and Poland’s Kantor/Losiak advanced to the gold medal match by defeating Russia’s Stoyanovskiy/Yarzutkin in another two-set match, 2-0 (21-13, 21-17) in just 30 minutes.
Russia’s Krasilnikov was selected as the men’s most outstanding player of the FIVB Kish Island 3-Star.Russia's Oleg Stoyanovskiy bumps the Mikasa to teammate Artem Yarzutkin during the bronze medal victory over Germany on Kish Island.
New FIVB World Ranking system
Part of the latest edition of the FIVB Sports Regulations for beach volleyball, the new FIVB World Ranking system has been established based on the FIVB Beach Volleyball Ranking Points earned at the eight best performances as a team in all FIVB sanctioned or homologated beach volleyball Events over a 365-days period. The FIVB World Ranking is updated every Monday after an FIVB sanctioned or homologated event granting FIVB Beach Volleyball Ranking Points.Men's rankings/earnings
After two men’s event on the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena continue to lead this week’s FIVB World Rankings with 4,920 points while Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins duo is second with 4,650 points. Third is Brazil’s Olympic champions Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt with 4,620 points, fourth is Brazil’s Evandro Goncalves/Pedro Solberg with 4,450 points and fifth is Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak with 3,880 points.FIVB World Ranking - Men
In the 2017 FIVB World Tour men’s earnings after two events, Brazil’s Saymon Barbosa/Alvaro Filho duo is still on top of the early money list with $40,000 in two events with one gold medal. Second is Brazil’s Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola with $32,000 in one event, third is USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena with $20,000 in one event and fourth is Russia’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin with $19,000 and tied for fifth with $16,000 each are USA’s Ryan Doherty/John Hyden and Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak.Poland's Bartosz Losiak, left, jousts the Mikasa with Russia's Nikita Liamin in the FIVB Kish Island gold medal match.
For the women after one event on the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour - the Fort Lauderdale Major in Florida, USA from February 7 to 12 - Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca stand on the top rung on the ladder of the current FIVB World Rankings with 5,420 points. In second with 5,160 points is USA’s April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings, third with 5,080 points is Germany’s Olympic champions Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst, fourth with 4,170 points is Gemany’s Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude and fifth with 3,840 points is Germany’s Karla Borger/Britta Buthe.FIVB World Ranking - Women
In the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour women’s earnings after one event, Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca duo is in the top spot with $40,000 in earnings in one events with one gold medal, second is Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa with $32,000, third is Germany’s Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude with $20,000 and fourth is USA’s Summer Ross/Brooke Sweat with $16,000. Tied for fifth with $12,000 each in one event are Brazil’s Fernanda Alves/Barbara Seixas, Brazil’s Josemari Alves/Liliane Maestrini, Czech Republic’s Kristyna Kolocova/Michala Kvapilova and USA’s April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings.Men's final fours
After two men’s tournaments on the 2017 FIVB World Tour regular season schedule, five countries have at least one final four placement. Co-leaders with two final four placements each are Brazil (one gold medal, one silver medal), Russia (one gold medal, one bronze medal) and the United States (one bronze medal, one fourth place finish) and tied for fourth with one final four placement each are Germany (one fourth place finish) and Poland (one silver medal). Women's final fours
In one women’s FIVB international event to date on the 2017 calendar, three countries have earned at least one final four finish. Leader in final four placements with two is Brazil (one gold medal, one silver medal) and tied for second with one final four finish each are Germany (one bronze medal) and the United States (one fourth place finish)Men's winning percentage/match wins
Based on percentage, statistically, in men’s action after two events on the 2017 FIVB World Tour calendar with a minimum of four matches played, the leader at 100 per cent is Brazil’s Saymon Barbosa/Alvaro Filho (8-0) and second at 85.7 per cent is USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (6-1). Tied for third at 80.0 per cent each are USA’s Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb (4-1), Poland’s Michal Bryl/Grzegorz Fijalek (4-1) and Italy’s Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai (4-1). Tied for sixth at 77.8 per cent are Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak (7-2) and Russia’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin (7-2) Doing the celebration Alvaro Filho (left) and Saymon Barbosa from Brazil at the Fort Lauderdale Major.
With eight match wins this season through two events on the 2017 FIVB World Tour, leading this category is Brazil’s Saymon Barbosa/Alvaro Filho (8-0, tied for second are Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartoz Losiak (7-2) and Russia’s Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin (7-2) and fourth is USA’s Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (6-1). Tied for fifth with five match wins each are USA’s Ryan Doherty/John Hyden (5-3), Brazil’s Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola (5-3), Russia’s Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin (5-4) and Switzerland’s Nico Beeler/Marco Krattiger (5-4). Tied for ninth with four match wins each are USA’s Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb (4-1), Poland’s Michal Bryl/Grzegorz Fijalek (4-1), Italy’s Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai, Brazil’s Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt (4-2), USA’s Trevor Crabb/Sean Rosenthal (4-2) and Germany’s Markus Bockermann/Lars Fluggen (4-4).Women's winning percentage/match wins
Based on percentage, statistically, in women’s action after one event on the 2017 FIVB World Tour calendar with a minimum of two matches played, the leader at 85.7 per cent is Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca (6-1), second at 80.0 per cent is USA’s Kerri Walsh Jennings/April Ross (4-1) and third at 75.0 per cent is Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (3-1). Tied for fourth at 71.4 per cent are USA’s Summer Ross/Brooke Sweat (5-2), Germany’s Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (5-2), Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa (5-2), Brazil’s Josemari Alves/Liliane Maestrini (5-2) and Brazil’s Fernanda Alves/Barbara Seixas (5-2).Larissa dives for the ball in the final of the Fort Lauderdale Major.
For the women in match wins following one event on the 2017 FIVB calendar, leader with six match wins is Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca (6-1) while tied for second with five match wins each are USA’s Summer Ross/Brooke Sweat (5-2), Germany’s Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (5-2), Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa (5-2), Brazil’s Josemari Alves/Liliane Maestrini (5-2) and Brazil’s Fernanda Alves/Barbara Seixas (5-2). Quick links - Beach volleyball:
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Following the men’s only FIVB Kish Island 3-Star held last week in Iran, the double-gender FIVB Shepparton 1-Star will be held in Australia (March 4-5).Growing history
The double-gender FIVB Shepparton 1-Star event will be 355th men’s tournament since the FIVB began play in 1987 and the 315th FIVB women’s tournament since their competition started in 1992.
Based in Lausanne, Switzerland as the international governing body for the Olympic sports of Beach Volleyball and Volleyball, the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball calendar features a purse of US$6.81 million with a season that extends from February to August, competing at 27 venues in 21 countries.
The calendar involved a new star-rating system with five 5-Star events, four of which are part of the FIVB Swatch Major Series portion of the schedule, three 4-Star events, six 3-Star events, four 2-Star events and seven 1-Star events and the special Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals in Canada (Aug. 23-27). The showcase event will be the $1,000,000 2017 FIVB World Championships in Vienna, Austria (July 28-August 6).
There will also be the FIVB U21 World Championships in Nanjing, China (July 11-16).
The 2017 portion of the 2018 FIVB World Tour calendar will start in October in Qinzhou, China with one more women’s only event in October in Phuket, Thailand.