Brazil’s Juliana/Carol Horta Take FIVB Crown in Monaco

  0 Wendy Mayer | June 18th, 2017 | FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

2017 FIVB World Tour – Monaco

Brazilians Juliana Felisberta and Carol Horta won their first FIVB gold since pairing up this year, taking the top spot at the Monaco One-Star event in Monte Carlo on Sunday.

Juliana/Carol, whose previous best was a quarterfinal finish in Rio, topped Germany’s Kim Behrens and Anni Schumacher in a close three-setter for the title, winning 21-16, 21-15, 15-13. The Brazilians advanced to the final with a 21-13, 18-21, 15-13 win over New Zealanders Shaunna Marie Polley and Kelsie Wills.

It marked the second silver of the year for Schumacher and Behrens, following the Shepparton One-Star. The pair topped Greeks Panagiota Karagkouni and Konstantina Tsopoulou 21-13, 21-23, 15-5 in the semis.

Karagkouni/Tsopoulou then defeated Polley/Wills 21-15, 16-21, 15-9 for the bronze medal, in their first World Tour podium finish. The Monaco One Star marked the FIVB Tour debut for Polley/Wills,

Watch the final point of the Gold medal match here.


Behrens/Schumacher played in the day’s opening match, downing the Israeli team of Sofia Starikov and Yael Yellin 2-0 (21-9, 21-9). Later in the day, they made quick work of Japan’s Azusa Futami and Akiko Hasegawa 2-0 (21-10, 21-14).

Karagkouni/Tsopoulou made their way to Sunday’s action with straight set wins over Tadva Yoken and Sigrid Simonsson of Sweden (21-11, 21-15) and Serbia’s Tijana Basic and Milena Matic (21-14, 21-15).

Polley/Wills topped Laura Giombini and Agata Zuccarelli of Italy 21-16, 19-21, 17-15 and Denmark’s Line Trans and Maria Tyndeskov 21-19, 21-17 to move on.

Juliana/Carol edged Americans Lara Dykstra and Jace Pardon 16-21, 24-22, 15-11 in the first round and  made it past the French team of Margaux Carrere and Alexia Richard 21-15, 14-21, 15-9 in the second.


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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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