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2017-07-26 12:54:00 CEST

#WorldChampsVienna pool preview – part 6

Time to take a look at the women’s pools G, H and I in Vienna

Will Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes be celebrating once more next week?Will Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes be celebrating once more next week?

We preview all 24 pools ahead of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 in Vienna – here’s our look at women’s pools G, H and I.

Pool G – Women

Meet the teams

Pavan/Humana-Paredes (Canada)
Wang/Yue (China)
Menegatti/Perry (Italy)
Van Iersel/Flier (Netherlands)

Click here for the Pool G schedule

The lowdown

One of the strongest groups in the whole tournament, the form team in Pool G are without Canadians Pavan/Humana-Paredes, who have won four medals in the past six tournaments. The Canadians are a new team for 2017 but they face competition from the experienced Chinese pair, Wang/Yue, who have played over 40 international tournaments together. They finished ninth at the Olympics and fifth in the last championships two years ago. Italian pair Menegatti/Perry also played on the Copacabana and are World Tour regulars, while Dutch duo Van Iersel/Flier have a wealth of experience of both the beach and the indoor game – with Flier making her debut on the sand this season.

Game to watch

Take your pick. Such is the depth of this pool, every match is one to keep your eye on. Plumping for one in particular, the final game between Italians Menegatti/Perry and Van Iersel/Flier of the Netherlands could be a massive match to decide who remains in the competition.

Joana Heidrich and Anouk Heidrich/Vergé-Dépré wowed the crowd on home sand in Switzerland earlier this monthJoana Heidrich and Anouk Heidrich/Vergé-Dépré wowed the crowd on home sand in Switzerland earlier this month

Pool H – Women

Meet the teams

Barbara/Fernanda (Brazil)
Heidrich/Vergé-Dépré (Switzerland)
Elize Maia/Taiana Lima (Brazil)
Manhica/Muianga (Mozambique)

Click here for the Pool H schedule

The lowdown

Another strong pool, two Brazilian teams face a battle to make the knockout phase against the improving Swiss and the duo from Mozambique. Barbara is a defending champion but this year teams up with Fernanda for a crack at a second successive title. Elize Maia/Taiana Lima have a wealth of experience with Taiana a world championship silver medalist two years ago. Heidrich/Vergé-Dépré joined forces this season after both of their previous partners retired and they go into the tournament off the back of four successive top-five finishes, including a silver medal in The Hague in June. Mozambique’s Manhica/Muianga are the first team from the African nation to represent at a world championships.

Game to watch

The all-Brazilian clash takes place on the opening day of the tournament, but the one mustn’t miss match takes place on the Red Bull Arena in the final round of pool play games. Barbara/Fernanda take on Heidrich/Vergé-Dépré with what could be a battle for top spot in the group.

Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes are a team for the future - but can realize their potential in Vienna?Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes are a team for the future - but can realize their potential in Vienna?

Pool I – Women

Meet the teams

Carol/Maria Antontelli (Brazil)
Claes/Hughes (USA)
Pischke/Broder (Canada)
Nzayisenga/Mutatsimpundu (Rwanda)

Click here for the Pool I schedule

The lowdown

In terms of experience, there aren’t many teams with more at this year’s championships than Brazilian wildcards Carol/Maria Antonelli, with the duo veterans of over 260 international events – Maria herself is a two-time bronze medalist in world champs history. Americans Claes/Hughes are the in-form team in this group having secured two top-five finishes in their past five tournaments – not bad for a team just 21 and 22 years old. Canadians Pischke/Broder are a new team for 2017, but both have played in the tournament before. Rwanda are represented for the first time ever at the championships with Nzayisenga/Mutatsimpundu qualifying via the African continental route.

Game to watch

A North American battle between the US’s Claes/Hughes and Pischke/Broder of Canada is the one to focus on here. The up-and-coming Americans have the ability to upset the best in the business – last year they beat eventual Olympic champions Ludwig/Walkenhorst in Klagenfurt. Pischke/Broder have a mix of youth and experience to call on, so this first meeting between the two teams could be a thriller.

 

Previous previews: Men pools A-C, women pools A-C, men pools D-F, women pools D-F, men pools G-I.

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