The FIVB World Tour event in Moscow was the seventh event on the tour for both genders, where Brazil’s Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca captured the women’s title while the U.S.’s Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena took the men’s title.
Moscow was a three-star event that offered a $150,000 purse prize. The winners of each gender walked away with $10,000 to split.
Antunes/Franca remain on top of the women’s points with 5,120 points followed by Germany’s Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst with 4,120 points. The Brazilians have a large, comfortable lead in the rankings, which are determined by the top eight events over the past 365 days. As far as monies earned, Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa sits in the top slot with $57,000 earned on the FIVB World Tour this year, including one gold medal finish is Rio. Two more Brazilian pairs round out the top-three of money earned in 2017 with Antunes/Franca earning $56,000 in three events with two gold medals and Fernanda Alves/Barbara Seixas with $29,500.
Dalhausser/Lucena’s win bumped them up to the number two spot in the world rankings with 4,040 points while Latvia’s Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins take the top spot with 4,200 points. Olympic Champions Alison Cerutti/Bruno Schmidt dropped to the number 3 position with 3,980 points.
Brazil’s Saymon Barbosa/Alvaro Filho top the monies list with $48,000 won in three events with one gold medal finish while Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola have taken home $37,500 in three events. Rounding out the top three is Cerutti/Schmidt with $35,000 in winnings in three events and one gold medal.
Top Four Finishes
There have been 14 countries to finish in the top four of an FIVB World Tour event on the men’s side. This shows more diversity within the men’s tournaments and that there are more rising stars challenging the top competitors at every stop on the tour. The United States and Russia each have four top-four finishes while Brazil has three. Countries finishing with two top-four placements are Australia, Germany and Italy, while Austria, Estonia, Cuba, Latvia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Serbia have each earned one.
The women’s side is more one sided in their competitions, with only eight countries placing in the top-four of an FIVB World Tour event. Leading the pack is Brazil with eight followed by Germany with six. Australia, Canada and the United States each have three while Austria, the Czech Republic have two and China has just one.
The next tournament is a three-star event in The Hague, with exactly the same set up as Moscow (as far as money, points and tournament format goes). The competition begins with the qualification round on June 14 and will conclude with the finals on June 18, which, along with the semifinals, will be streamed live on YouTube.