2017 FIVB World Tour – Monaco
- June 17-18, 2017
- Plage du Larvotto, 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.
Juliana and Carol Horta of @volei crowned queens of #MonteCarlo! #BeachWorldTour #BeachVolleyballhttps://t.co/wEsNeHqvsj pic.twitter.com/5vOwuije3s
— Beach Volleyball (@FIVBBeach) June 18, 2017
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.