2017-06-29 13:30:00 CET

World Champs draw positions confirmed

Pre-draw placement for World Championships

Fort Lauderdale Major gold medalists Alvaro/Saymon are the men's number one seedsFort Lauderdale Major gold medalists Alvaro/Saymon are the men's number one seeds

The “pre-draw placement” for the men’s and women’s teams competing next month in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 in Vienna have been confirmed and announced Thursday ahead of a late morning “drawing of lots” here Saturday at the US $600,000 Poreč, Major to determine the seedings and pool allocations.

The “pre-draw placement” for each of the 96 teams (48 men and 48 women) competing in the 2017 FIVB World Championships was based on each pair’s points 35 days prior to the Vienna event as a tandem’s best six of the last eight finishes on the FIVB World Tour over a 365-day period are used to determine their “technical entry” points.  The top 12 teams on the “technical entry” points’ list are seeded No. 1 through No. 12.

The 11th edition of the FIVB World Championships will be held July 28 through August 6 at the state-of-the art Vienna Centre Court at Donauinsel with the focal point of the action and entertainment being held with a picturesque view of the Danube River and the lively atmosphere of the Beach Village.  A total of US$1-million in prize money will be awarded with the winning men’s and women’s teams splitting the $60,000 first-place prizes.  The women’s medal matches will be played August 5 and the men’s August 6. 


Reigning Olympic and FIVB world champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt of Brazil return to defend their men’s title after defeating Dutchmen Reinder Nummerdor and Christiaan Varenhorst of the 2015 gold medal in The Hague.

Alison and Bruno, who defeated 2013 FIVB world champions Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen of The Netherlands in the Rio Olympic semi-finals, will be seeded fifth in the 2017 world champions and headline Vienna Pool E.  Alison will be seeking his second world championship gold medal after topping the Rome 2011 podium with Emanuel Rego.  Brouwer and Meeuwsen, who placed 17th in the 2015 FIVB World Championships in The Netherlands, will be seeded 10th as the top pair in Vienna Pool J.

With Nummerdor retiring after placing fifth in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with his world championship silver medal partner, Varenhorst earned a “wild card” to the 2017 FIVB World Championships with Maarten van Garderen, a first-time player on the international Beach Volleyball scene.  Varenhorst and Van Garderen are currently ranked 37th and have been placed in the “fourth draw”.

The top four men’s seeds for the 2017 FIVB World Championships will be Saymon Barbosa/Alvaro Filho of Brazil, Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins of Latvia, Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena of United States and Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola of Brazil.  Dalhausser captured the 2007 FIVB world championship title with Todd Rogers in Gstaad, Switzerland as the pair placed third in the next worlds in 2009 at Stavanger, Norway.  Evandro and Pedro Solberg were a bronze medal pair at the 2015 worlds in The Hague.


Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas captured the women’s world championship in The Hague by defeating compatriots Fernanda Alves and Taiana Lima in the All-Brazilian 2015 finale.  All four players will be competing in Vienna, but with different partners with Agatha teaming with 18-year old Eduarda “Duda” Lisboa and Barbara joining forces with Fernanda.  Taina returns to the 2017 worlds with Elize Maia.

Other world championship gold medal teams in the 2017 field are Kerri Walsh Jennings of the United States (2003, 2005, 2007 with Misty May-Treanor), April Ross of the United States (2009 with Jen Kessy), Larissa Franca of Brazil (2011 with Juliana Felisberta) and Chen Xue (2013 with Xi Zhang).

The top four seeds in the women’s competition will be Talita Antunes/Larissa of Brazil, Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude of Germany, Agatha/Duda of Brazil and Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst of Germany.  The Rio 2016 Olympic champions, Ludwig and Walkenhorst have been slowed this season with shoulder injuries that has forced each to miss at least one FIVB World Tour event in 2017.  After mid-December surgery, Ludwig returned to competition in mid-May with Walkenhorst missing the Porec Major due to shoulder issues.


With each gender’s competition featuring 48 teams divided into 12 pools with four tandems in each group, the top men’s and women’s pairs were seeded into the top slot in each cluster with four draws being held to fill out the second, third and fourth position in each pool.  Each team will play three matches pool play match and, as host country, no Austrian teams will be in the same group.

The top two pairs in each pool will advance directly to the 32-team elimination bracket along with the four “best” third-place duos based on match points, set-point ratios and/or rally-point ratios.  A “Lucky Loser round for the teams ranked fifth through 12th will be played with the four winners advancing to the elimination bracket.

For the bracket phase of the Vienna competition, there will be a re-draw to place each team in the bracket based on their pool standings with the 12 pool winners being seeded No. 1 to No. 12, and the third-place finishers, including the “Lucky Losers being seeded No. 25 through No. 32.  The second-place finishers in each pool will be seeded No. 13 through No. 24.


Of the 40 countries competing in the 2017 FIVB World Championships, seven will be sending a team or teams for the first-time to the prestigious event that was first held in the United States in 1997 followed by events in France, Austria, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Poland and The Netherlands.

First-time countries qualifying a men’s and/or women’s team for the FIVB World Championships are Colombia (one women’s team), Iran (men), Kenya (women), Mozambique (men and women), Rwanda (women), Sierra Leone (men) and Trinidad & Tobago (men).

Here are Thursday’s “pre-draw placements” for Saturday’s “drawing of lots” in the player’s lounge at the Porec Major where competition started Tuesday with qualifying and concludes Saturday for women and Sunday for men with their respective semi-final and medal matches in the third annual stop in the Croatian seaside resort.


Due to an injury to Evgeniya Ukolova at last week’s European Tour stop in Baden, Austria, the Russian player will miss the 2017 FIVB World Championships where she was scheduled to play with Anastasia Barsuk.  As per FIVB regulation and endorsed by European confederation (CEV), the new team replaced as from the confederations qualification pathway, will be Manon Nummerdor-Flier/Marleen van Iersel of The Netherlands.  The team Motrich/Barsuk is now in the reserve list.

Draw positions for FIVB World Championships announced

Men’s top-seeds

Seed, Team, Country, seeding points

1, Saymon Barbosa/Alvaro Filho, Brazil, 3,500

2, Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins, Latvia, 3,260

3, Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, United States, 3,240

4, Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola, Brazil, 2,840

5, Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt, Brazil, 2,700

6, Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin, Russia, 2,690

7, Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak, Poland, 2,645

8, Gustavo "Guto" Carvalhaes/Pedro Solberg, Brazil, 2,540

9, Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera, Spain, 2,480

10, Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen, Netherlands, 2,360

11, Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai, Italy, 2,280

12, Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst, Austria (best host country), 1,860


Men’s Draw 1 (will play seeds 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12)

Draw position, Team, Country, seeding points

13, Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin, Russia, 2,200

14, Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter, Canada, 2,150

15, Michal Bryl/Grzegorz Fijalek, Poland, 2,100

16, Ben Saxton/Chaim Schalk, Canada, 2,000

17, Theo Brunner/Casey Patterson, United States, 1,975

18, Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb, United States, 1,970


Men’s Draw 2 (will play seeds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6)

Draw position, Team, Country, seeding points

19, Ryan Doherty/John Hyden, United States, 1,932

20, Esteban Grimalt/Marco Grimalt, Chile, 1,900

21, Nivaldo Diaz/Sergio Gonzalez, Cuba, 1,830

22, Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen, Mexico, 1,780

23, Dries Koekelkoren/Tom van Walle, Belgium, 1,658

24, Jefferson Santos Pereira/Cherif Younousse, Qatar, 1,635


Men’s Draw 3

Draw position, Team, Country, seeding points

25, Kacper Kujawiak/Mariusz Prudel, Poland, 1,632

26, Martins Plavins/Haralds Regza, Latvia, 1,566

27, Christoph Dressler/Thomas Kunert, Austria, 1,548

28, Christopher McHugh/Damien Schumann, Australia, 1,538

29, Karell Pina/Daisel Quesada, Cuba, 1,468

30, Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri, Italy, 1,450

31, Markus Bockermann/Lars Fluggen, Germany, 1,380

32, Rahman Raoufi/Bahman Salemiinjehboroun, Iran, 1,236

33, Robin Seidl/Tobias Winter, Austria, 1,222

34, Julian Azaad/Nicolas Capogrosso, Argentina, 1,190

35, Mohammad Ashfiya/Ade Rachmawan, Indonesia, 1,078

36, Rihards Finsters/Edgars Tocs, Latvia, 988


Men’s Draw 4

Draw position, Team, Country, seeding points

37, Maarten Van Garderen/Christiaan Varenhorst, Netherlands, 816

38, Marlon Phillip/Daneil Williams, Trinidad and Tobago, 792

39, Marco Cairus/Mauricio Vieyto, Uruguay, 780

40, Luis Garcia/Andy Leonardo, Guatemala, 598

41, Jhonatan Golindano/Carlos Rangel, Venezuela, 540

42, Aaron Nusbaum/Ryan Vandenburg, Canada, 538

43, Roger Battilana/Gregorio Godoy, Paraguay, 460

44, Austria (to be determined following trial)

45, Jamaine Naidoo/Leo Williams, South Africa, 60

46, Mohamed Abicha/Zouheir Elgraoui, Morocco, 0

47, Aldevino Nguvo/Justino Tovela, Mozambique, 0

48, Abubakarr Kamara/Lombie Patrick, Sierra Leone, 0


Women’s top-seeds

Seed, Team, Country, seeding points

1, Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca, Brazil, 3,760

2, Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude, Germany, 3,320

3, Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda "Duda" Lisboa, Brazil, 2,990

4, Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst, Germany, 2,710

5, Summer Ross/Brooke Sweat, United States, 2,585

6, Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova, Czech Republic, 2,360

7, Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan, Canada, 2,180

8, Fernanda Alves/Barbara Seixas, Brazil, 2,160

9, Maria Antonelli/Carolina Salgado, Brazil, 2,083

10, Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli, Switzerland, 2,064

11, Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy, Australia, 2,056

12, Katharina Schutzenhofer/Stefanie Schwaiger, Austria (host country), 1,267


Women’s Draw 1 (will play seeds 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12)

Draw position, Team, Country, seeding points

13, Joana Heidrich/Anouk Verge-Depre, Switzerland, 2,020

14, Lauren Fendrick/April Ross, United States, 2,000

15, Fan Wang/Yuan Yue, China, 2,000

16, Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson, Canada, 1,916

17, Kristyna Kolocova/Michala Kvapilova, Czech Republic, 1,872

18, Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes, United States, 1,780


Women’s Draw 2 (will play seeds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6)

Draw position, Team, Country, seeding points

19, Taru Lahti/Riikka Lehtonen, Finland, 1,766

20, Madelein Meppelink/Sophie van Gestel, Netherlands, 1,751

21, Valentyna Davidova/Ievgeniia Shchypkova, Ukraine, 1,722

22, Victoria Bieneck/Isabel Schneider, Germany, 1,652

23, Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch, Germany, 1,562

24, Elsa Baquerizo/Angela Lobato, Spain, 1,524


Women’s Draw 3

Draw position, Team, Country, seeding points

25, Taiana Lima/Elize Maia, Brazil, 1,508

26, Nadja Glenzke/Julia Grossner, Germany, 1,418

27, Julie Gordon/Camille Saxton, Canada, 1,366

28, Marta Menegatti/Rebecca Perry, Italy, 1,332

29, Jamie Broder/Taylor Pischke, Canada, 1,310

30, Ana Gallay/Virginia Zonta, Argentina, 1,300

31, Nicole Laird/Jessyka Ngauamo, Australia, 1,250

32, Ekaterina Birlova/Nadezda Makroguzova, Russia, 1,247

33, Nicole Branagh/Kerri Walsh Jennings, United States, 1,217

34, Lidiannis Echeverria/Leila Martinez, Cuba, 1,213

35, Tatyana Mashkova/Bakhtygul Samalikova, Kazakhstan, 1,184

36, Erika Bobadilla/Gabriela Filippo, Paraguay, 1,175


Women’s Draw 4

Draw position, Team, Country, seeding points

37, Norisbeth Agudo/Gabi Brito, Venezuela, 1,129

38, Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee, Thailand, 1,120

39, Lena Plesiutschnig/Cornelia Rimser, Austria, 1,076

40, Xinxin Wang/Chen Xue, China, 998

41, Manon Nummerdor-Flier/Marleen van Iersel, 993

42, Andrea Galindo/Claudia "Gorda" Galindo, Colombia, 980

43, Natalia Alfaro/Karen Charles, Costa Rica, 752

44, Katharina Holzer/Teresa Strauss, Austria, 668

45, Denyse Mutatsimpundu/Charlotte Nzayisenga, Rwanda, 0

46, Mahassine Siad/Imane Zeroual, Morocco, 0

47, Gaudencia Makokha/Naomie Too, Kenya, 0

48, Liocadia Manhica/Vanessa Muianga, Mozambique, 0

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