FIVB Names Main Draw Qualifiers For 2017 Beach World Championships

  0 Carly DeMarque | June 07th, 2017 | Beach, FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach

2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships – Vienna

  • July 28 to August 6
  • Vienna Centre Court, Vienna, Austria
  • Co-ed
  • Championships
  • Event Site

After the World Tour event in Moscow, the entrants for the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship in Vienna have been announced. The event will run from July 28 to August 6 with a total of $1 million in prize money to be awarded and the first place finishers earning $60,000 to split.

Qualification Process

For both the men and women, the top-23 ranked teams qualified for the tournament automatically. These ranking are determined based on their World Rankings in FIVB events. In addition, 20 teams are added to the list based on continental quotas. Therefore, each of the five continental confederations received four entries to the World Championships.

The hosts of the tournament, Austria, received an automatic two teams through to the World Championships, while there are still three wild card selections to be chosen. Two of the wild card choice are allocated by the FIVB with the final slot being decided by the organizers of the event. Read more about the qualification process here.


Last year’s winner of the event was Brazilians Agatha Bednarczuk and former partner Barbara Seixas. Bednarczuk and new partner Eduarda ‘Duda’ Santos Lisboa were ranked at number three with the FIVB, giving them an automatic bid, while Seixas and new partner Fernanda Alves came in at sixth on the FIVB World Rankings list.

Taking the top seed is Brazilians Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca while 2016 Rio Olympic champions, Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany came in at number two.

There are four American duos that are qualified for the World Championships. Summer Ross and Brooke Sweat have placed fourth and second at FIVB events this season, giving them enough points to be ranked fifth by the FIVB. April Ross and Lauren Fendrick, have teamed up for the year, qualifying for the event by having enough points to rank eighth in the standings. Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes are new to the FIVB World Tour circuit, having just completed their collegiate careers. The two are ranked high enough based off events they have participated in over the past year to be ranked 20th. The final U.S. duo to make it to the tournament is Kerri Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh, who qualified for the event through the NORCECA qualification path.

Schweiger/Schützenhöfer AUT Host Country
Rimser/Plesiutschnig AUT Host Country
To be Allocated TBC Allocated by the FIVB
To be Allocated TBC Allocated by the FIVB
To be Allocated TBC Allocated by the Organisers
Xue/Wang CHN AVC Qualification Path
Ngauamo/Laird AUS AVC Qualification Path
Mashkova/Samalikova KAZ AVC Qualification Path
Radarong/Udomchavee THA AVC Qualification Path
Nzayisenga/Mutatsimpundu (RWA) RWA CAVB Qualification Path
Siiad/Zeroual MAR CAVB Qualification Path
Makokha/Too KEN CAVB Qualification Path
Manhica/Muianga MOZ CAVB Qualification Path
Glenzke/Grobner GER CEV Qualification Path
Ukolova/Barsuk RUS CEV Qualification Path
Menegatti/Perry ITA CEV Qualification Path
Bilrova/Markoguzova RUS CEV Qualification Path
Filippo/Mongelos PAR CSV Qualification Path
Milesi/Martinez Fredes ARG CSV Qualification Path
Agudo/Brito VEN CSV Qualification Path
Galindo/Galindo COL CSV Qualification Path
Walsh/Branagh USA NORCECA Qualification Path
Gordon/Saxton CAN NORCECA Qualification Path
Martinez/Echevarria CUB NORCECA Qualification Path
Alfaro/Cope CRC NORCECA Qualification Path
Larissa/Talita BRA 23 Highest Ranked Teams
Ludwig/Walkenhorst GER
Agatha/Duda BRA
Laboureur/Sude GER
Summer/Sweat USA
Barbara/Fernanda BRA
Pavan/Humana-Parades CAN
Ross/Fendrick USA
Hermannova/Slukova CZE
Betschart/Hüberli SUI
Gallay/Klug ARG
Bawden/Clancy AUS
Yue/Wang CHN
Meppelink/van Gestel NED
Elize Maia/Taiana Lima BRA
Wilkerson/Bansley CAN
Elsa/Lobato ESP
Kolocova/Kvapilova CZE
Davidova/Shchypkova UKR
Hughes/Claes USA
Heidrich/Vergé-Dépré SUI
Bieneck/Schneider GER
Lehtonen/La FIN


After being the most successful men’s beach pair over the past two season, Bruno Schmidt and Alison Cerutti are looking to reclaim their 2015 World Championship title. The pair is ranked fourth in the standings, having won the Rio World Tour event just weeks ago. Coming out on top is the American duo of Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, who recently won the Moscow World Tour event, while also being a dominant force on the tour over the past year.

Overall, the United States and Brazil have four teams that have qualified for the event.  Brazil – Saymon Barbosa/Alvaro Filho, Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola and Gustavo “Guto” Carvalhaes/Pedro Solberg, along with Schmidt/Cerutti. U.S. – Theo Brunner/Casey Patterson, Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb and Ryan Doherty/John Hyden along with Dalhausser/Lucena.

Teams Country Qualification Path
Doppler/Horst AUT Host Country
Kunert/Dressler AUT Host Country
To Be Allocated TBC Allocated by the FIVB
To Be Allocated TBC Allocated by the FIVB
To Be Allocated TBC Allocated by the Organizers
Santos Pereira/Younousse QAT AVC Qualification Path
Rachmawan/Ashfiya INA AVC Qualification Path
McHugh/Schumann AUS AVC Qualification Path
Raoufi/Salemiinjehboroun IRI AVC Qualification Path
Abiicha/Mohammed MAR CAVB Qualification Path
Williams/Naidoo RSA CAVB Qualification Path
Nguvo/Tovela MOZ CAVB Qualification Path
Lombi/Kamara SLE CAVB Qualification Path
Tocs/Finsters LAT CEV Qualification Path
Prudel/Kujawiak POL CEV Qualification Path
Bockermann/Fluggen GER CEV Qualification Path
Koekelkoren/van Walle BEL CEV Qualification Path
Capogrosso/Azaad ARG CSV Qualification Path
Rangel/Golindano VEN CSV Qualification Path
Vieyto/Cairus URU CSV Qualification Path
Godoy/Battilana PAR CSV Qualification Path
Nusbaum/Vandenburg CAN NORCECA Qualification Path
TBC CUB NORCECA Qualification Path
Leonardo Blanco/Garcia Betancourt GUA NORCECA Qualification Path
William/Thomas TTO NORCECA Qualification Path
Dalhausser/Lucena USA
23 Highest Ranked Teams
Smedins/Samoilovs LAT
Álvaro Filho/Saymon BRA
Alison/Bruno Schmidt BRA
Evandro/Andre BRA
Pedro Solberg/Guto BRA
Brouwer/Meeuwsen NED
Losiak/Kantor POL
Herrera/Gavira ESP
Saxton/Schalk CAN
Krasilnikov/Liamin RUS
Brunner/Paterson USA
Gibb/Crabb Ta USA
Pedlow/Schachter CAN
Stoyanovskiy/Yarzutkin RUS
Fijalek/Bryl POL
Virgen/Ontiveros MEX
Nicolai/Lupo ITA
Doherty/Hyden USA
Ranghieri/Carambula ITA
Grimalt E./Grimalt M. CHI
Plavins/Regza LAT
Gonzalez/Nivaldo CUB

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Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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