Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will be the first stop on the FIVB Beach Major Series tour for the second straight year.
The 2018 FIVB World Tour Finals champions were crowned over the weekend. Watch some of the highlights from the championship matches.
Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Santos Lisboa posted a 21-15, 21-19 win over No. 2 Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova for the FIVB World Tour Finals crown and the No. 1 world ranking on Sunday.
Brazilians Maria Antonelli/Carol Solberg Salgado and Agatha/Duda will play in Sunday’s first semifinal of the #WTFinals, while Czech duo Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova will battle Aussie pair Mariafe Artacho del Solar/Taliqua Clancy in the second.
With just four matches left in women’s pool play action, there is still a lot to be decided. Only one team has separated itself thus far with Canada’s Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson guaranteed at least a spot in the quarterfinals at 3-1.
Three women’s teams are 2-0 in FIVB World Tour Finals pool play after Day 2: Czech duo Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova, Brazilians Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Santos Lisboa and Canadians Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson.
In women’s action, just four matches were played, but the final match of the day went the distance with Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda ‘Duda’ Santos Lisboa (Brazil) rallying for a tiebreak victory.
With a $150,000 check on the line for the champion and just 10 teams vying for the title, take a look at the women’s field, which includes teams from seven nations, including two each from Brazil, Germany and Canada and Americans Summer Ross/Sara Hughes.
All eyes will be on Hamburg, Germany for the second straight year as the top 10 men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams converge to crown the best of the 2018 FIVB World Tour. Summer Ross/Sara Hughes are the lone Americans among the field.
Seventh-seeded Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova of the Czech Republic overcame a 21-10 Set 1 loss in the title match and a nagging shoulder injury to Slukova to win their first ever Major Series gold.