FIVB Announces Draws for 2017 Beach World Championships

  0 Braden Keith | July 01st, 2017 | Beach, FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

The FIVB, the world governing body for volleyball, has announced the pool breakouts for the 2017 World Beach Championships in Vienna, Austria.

The tournament will begin with a single round-robin in 4-team pools. The top 2 teams in each of the 12 pools will automatically advance to the round of 32, single-elimination bracket. So too will the top 4 3rd-place teams from pool play, based on match points, set-point ratios, and/or rally-point ratios.

The rest of the 3rd-place teams will go to a “Lucky Loser” round, where the 8 remaining teams will play a single head-to-head match to round out the 32.

Teams will be re-seeded for the elimination bracket, with pool winners earning seeds 1-12, pool runners-up taking seeds 13-24, and 3rd-place pool finishers (including “lucky losers”)earning seeds 25-32.

The 11th edition of this event will run from July 28th-August 6th, with $1 million in prize money available. That includes $60,000 to the winners of each tournament ($30,000 per player, in each gender). The women’s championship match will be August 5th while the men will be August 6th.

Because of partner changes post-Olympics, there are some players who are playing out of unusual positions. Kerri Walsh-Jennings, the most accomplished beach volleyball player in history, will play as the #25 seed, and 3rd-level team in Pool A. That’s because she’s now playing with Nicole Branagh after splitting with long-time partner April Ross, and teams are seeded based on their combined individual points – Branagh had far fewer than Walsh-Jennings, so on average, they’re middle-of-the-pack.

That’s bad news for Germany’s Bieneck/Schneider – who are sandwiched in between them and the top seeds from Brazil Larissa/Talita.

The defending Olympic champions, Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, are the #4 seeds – having lost ground after Ludwig underwent shoulder surgery and missed the first part of this year. They are the defending European, World Series, and Olympic champions, and if they regain their form, they will still be the favorites.

See the pool assignments below, and check back to our Event Channel over the next few weeks as we break down the draws.

Women’s Pools – 2017 FIVB World Championships
Pool A (WCH seed, Team, Country)
1, Larissa/Talita, BRA
24, Bieneck/Schneider, GER
25, Walsh Jennings/Branagh, USA
48, Strauss T./Holzer K., AUT
Pool B
2, Laboureur/Sude, GER
23, Elsa/Lobato, ESP
26, Echeverria/Leila, CUB
47, Andrea/Gorda, COL
Pool C
3, Agatha/Duda, BRA
22, Meppelink/van Gestel, NED
27, Gordon/Saxton, CAN
46, Gaudencia/Too, KEN
Pool D
4, Ludwig/Walkenhorst, GER
21, Borger/Kozuch, GER
28, Glenzke/Großner, GER
45, Mahassine/Zeroual, MAR
Pool E
5, Summer/Sweat, USA
20, Davidova/Shchypkova, UKR
29, Mashkova/Samalikova, KAZ
44, Rimser/Plesiutschnig, AUT
Pool F
6, Hermannova/Slukova, CZE
19, Lehtonen/Lahti, FIN
30, Filippo/Erika, PAR
43, Alfaro/Charles C. , CRC
Pool G
7, Pavan/Humana-Paredes, CAN
18, Yue/Wang, CHN
31, Menegatti/Perry, ITA
42, Flier/van Iersel, NED
Pool H
8, Barbara/Fernanda, BRA
17, Heidrich/Vergé-Dépré A, SUI
32, Elize Maia/Taiana Lima, BRA
41, Manhica/Muianga, MOZ
Pool I
9, Maria Antonelli/Carol, BRA
16, Hughes/Claes, USA
33, Pischke/Broder, CAN
40, Nzayisenga/Mutatsimpundu, RWA
Pool J
10, Betschart/Hüberli, SUI
15, Wilkerson/Bansley, CAN
34, Zonta/Gallay, ARG
39, Gabi/Agudo, VEN
Pool K
11, Bawden/Clancy, AUS
14, Ross/Fendrick, USA
35, Laird/Ngauamo, AUS
38, Xue/Wang X. X., CHN
Pool L
12, Schwaiger S./Schützenhöfer, AUT
13, Kolocova/Kvapilova, CZE
36, Birlova/Makroguzova, RUS
37, Radarong/Udomchavee, THA
Men’s Pools – 2017 FIVB World Championships
Pool A (WCH seed, Team, Country)
1, Álvaro Filho/Saymon, BRA
24, Gonzalez/Nivaldo, CUB
25, Kunert/Dressler, AUT
48, Williams/Phillip, TTO
Pool B
2, Smedins/Samoilovs, LAT
23, Jefferson/Cherif, QAT
26, Böckermann/Flüggen, GER
47, Charly/Golindano, VEN
Pool C
3, Dalhausser/Lucena, USA
22, Doherty/Hyden, USA
27, Prudel/Kujawiak, POL
46, Leonardo/Garcia L., GUA
Pool D
4, Evandro/Andre, BRA
21, Virgen/Ontiveros, MEX
28, Quesada/Piña, CUB
45, Varenhorst/Van Garderen, NED
Pool E
5, Alison/Bruno Schmidt, BRA
20, Grimalt E./Grimalt M., CHI
29, Plavins/Regza, LAT
44, Nguvo/Tovela, MOZ
Pool F
6, Krasilnikov/Liamin, RUS
19, Koekelkoren/van Walle, BEL
30, Tocs/Finsters, LAT
43, Abicha/Elgraoui, MAR
Pool G
7, Losiak/Kantor, POL
18, Gibb/Crabb Ta., USA
31, Capogrosso/Azaad, ARG
42, Goyo/Roger, PAR
Pool H
8, Pedro Solberg/Guto, BRA
17, Brunner/Patterson, USA
32, Seidl Rob./Winter, AUT
41, Naidoo/Williams, RSA
Pool I
9, Herrera/Gavira, ESP
16, Pedlow/Schachter, CAN
33, Candra/Ashfiya, INA
40, To be determined, AUT
Pool J
10, Brouwer/Meeuwsen, NED
15, Fijalek/Bryl, POL
34, Ranghieri/Carambula, ITA
39, Vieyto/Cairus, URU
Pool K
11, Nicolai/Lupo, ITA
14, Stoyanovskiy/Yarzutkin, RUS
35, McHugh/Schumann, AUS
38, Lombi/Kamara, SLE
Pool L
12, Doppler/Horst, AUT
13, Saxton/Schalk, CAN
36, Raoufi R./Salemi B., IRI
37, Vandenburg/Nusbaum, CAN



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