Olympic Update: Beach Volleyball Matchups

This looks like it will be a loaded field, according to the brackets announced last Saturday, July 9.

44 of the 48 pool participants are already set.  The other two matchups were decided on Sunday at the FIVB Continental Cup Finals in Russia.

Here are the top six seeds in each pool according to the FIVB:

Men’s Draw:

Pool A Alison/Bruno Schmidt, Brazil; Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri, Italy; Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst, Austria; a team that qualified on Sunday (Canada or Venezuela).

Pool B – Brouwer/Meeuwsen, Netherlands; Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak, Poland; Markus Bockermann/Lars Fluggen, Germany; a team that qualified on Sunday (Belgium or Russia).

Pool C Phil Dalhausser/Lucena, USA; Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai, Italy; Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen, Mexico; Choaib Belhaj/Mohamed Naceur, Tunisia.

Pool D Evandro/Pedro Solberg, Brazil; Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins, Latvia; Ben Saxton/Chaim Schalk, Canada; Nivaldo Diaz/Sergio Gonzalez, Cuba.

Pool E – Nummerdor/Varenhorst, Netherlands; Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Konstantin Semenov, Russia; Grzegorz Fijalek/Mariusz Prudel, Poland; Esteban Grimalt/Marco Grimalt, Chile.

Pool F – Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson, USA; Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera, Spain; Alexander Huber/Robin Seidl, Austria; Jefferson Pereira/Cherif Younousse, Qatar.

Women’s Draw:

Pool A – Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca, Brazil; Monika Brzostek/Kinga Kolosinska, Poland; Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Sweat, USA; a team that qualified on Sunday (Austria or Russia).

Pool B – Agatha Bednarczuk/Barbara Seixas, Brazil; Elsa Baquerizo/Liliana Fernandez, Spain; Ana Gallay/Georgina Klug, Argentina; China, a team that qualified on Sunday (China or Czech Republic).

Pool C – April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings, USA; Isabelle Forrer/Anouk Verge-Depre, Switzerland; Fan Wang/Yuan Yue, China; Mariafe Artacho/Nicole Laird, Australia.

Pool D – Ludwig/Walkenhorst, Germany; Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth, Italy; Jamie Broder/Kristina Valjas, Canada; Doaa Elghobashy/Nada Meawad, Egypt.

Pool E – Bansley/Pavan, Canada; Karla Borger/Britta Buthe, Germany; Joana Heidrich/Nadine Zumkehr, Switzerland; Jantine van der Vlist/Sophie van Gestel, Netherlands.

Pool F – Meppelink/Van Iersel, Netherlands; Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy, Australia; Karen Cope Charles/Nathalia Alfaro, Costa Rica; Norisbeth Agudo/Olaya Pazo, Venezuela.

Once the pool matches take place, the winners and runners-up of each pool will progress automatically to the knock-out stage.  Similar to the final three rounds of the NCAA Tournament each December for the ladies and in the spring for the men, the two best third-placed teams will also advance.  The last two places forming the round of 16 will be decided by matches between the other third-placed teams.

All matches to take place on picturesque Copacabana Beach between August 6 to 20.

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