Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Three beach teams selected for 2016 World Tour Finals

The 2016 Swatch World Tour Finals in Toronto, Canada is set to feature twelve teams per gender, with the United States being represented by three teams. In this article, we will provide an overview of the teams, the format of the tournament, and the exciting prizes at stake.

American Teams Earn Qualification

The three American teams that have qualified for the FIVB World Tour Finals are April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings in the women’s category, and Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena and John Hyden/Tri Bourne in the men’s category. These teams secured their spot by ranking in the top eight on the FIVB World Tour Ranking.

Tournament Format

The tournament will consist of four pools of three teams each, competing in a round-robin format from September 13th to September 18th. The winners of each pool will advance directly to the quarterfinals. The pool play is scheduled for September 14th and 15th, with the women’s semifinals and finals set for September 17th, and the men’s on September 18th.

Lucrative Prize Money

The World Tour Finals offer the highest prize money of the year, making it a highly anticipated event. The winning team will receive a $100,000 US check, while second place will receive $50,000 and third place $20,000. The prize money is equal for both genders, ensuring fairness and equality.

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Seeding and Competition

Seeding for the tournament is based on the sum of the athlete entry points. The 2016 Olympic bronze medalists Ross/Walsh Jennings will be seeded second, with Olympic champions Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst of Germany taking the top spot. The reserve list includes 2016 Olympians Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Sweat.

Exciting Matches Ahead

In last year’s World Tour Finals, Dalhausser and Lucena made it to the gold medal match but lost to Alison Cerutti/Bruno Schmidt of Brazil after previously defeating them in pool play. This year, there are two other pairs competing who did not participate in the previous edition. Ross also competed in the 2015 finals but with Fendrick, and they were eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Participating Teams

Below are the teams participating in the World Tour Finals:

Women

  1. Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst, GER
  2. April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings, USA
  3. Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude, GER
  4. Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca, BRA
  5. Elsa Baquerizo/Liliana Fernandez, ESP
  6. Isabelle Forrer/Anouk Verge-Depre, SUI
  7. Ana Gallay/Georgina Klug, ARG
  8. Marta Menegatti/Laura Giombini, ITA
  9. Jamie Broder/Kristina Valjas, CAN (Wild Card)
  10. TBD, CAN (Wild Card)
  11. Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy, AUS (Wild Card)
  12. Joana Heidrich/Nadine Zumkehr, SUI (Wild Card)

Men

  1. Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins, LAT
  2. Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, USA
  3. Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak, POL
  4. Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri, ITA
  5. John Hyden/Tri Bourne, USA
  6. Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen, MEX
  7. Evandro Goncalves/Pedro Solberg, BRA
  8. Grzegorz Fijalek/Mariusz Prudel, POL
  9. Ben Saxton/Chaim Schalk, CAN (Wild Card)
  10. Josh Binstock/Sam Schachter, CAN (Wild Card)
  11. Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen, NED (Wild Card)
  12. Alison Cerutti/Bruno Schmidt, BRA (Wild Card)
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FAQs

  1. Q: What is the prize money for the World Tour Finals?

    • A: The winning team will receive $100,000 US, second place $50,000, and third place $20,000. The prize money is the same for both genders.
  2. Q: How are the teams seeded for the tournament?

    • A: The seeding is based on the sum of the athlete entry points. Olympic champions Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst of Germany secured the top seed in the women’s category, while Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena are seeded second in the men’s category.

Conclusion

The 2016 World Tour Finals promises to be an exhilarating event, featuring top beach volleyball teams from around the world. With teams like Ross/Walsh Jennings and Dalhausser/Lucena representing the United States, fans can expect intense matches and fierce competition. Stay tuned for updates and follow the action at Alpinetgheep!