2017 FIVB World Championships Pool Placements Confirmed

Porec, Croatia, July 1, 2017 - With the start of the competition four weeks away, the men’s and women’s pool placements for the 2017 FIVB World Championships were determined here Saturday during a morning drawing of lots at this week’s international beach volleyball event in Porec.

The drawing of lots determined the 12 pools of four teams each per gender for the $1-million FIVB World Championships to be played July 28 through August 6. The 11th edition of the event will be staged at the state-of-the art Vienna Centre Court at Donauinsel with the focal point of the action and entertainment being held with a picturesque view of the Danube River.

With Austria hosting the event for the second time, the medal matches for the 2017 FIVB World Championships will be August 5 for women and August 6 for men. The winning men’s and women’s teams will split the $60,000 first-place prizes. The Austrian town of Klagenfurt hosted the 2001 event, when South American pairs from Argentina (Mariano Baracetti/Martin Conde) and Brazil (Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar) captured the gold medals.

The top spots in Pool A through Pool K were determined by FIVB seeding points 35 days (June 23) prior to the start of the competition with the Brazilian pairs of Saymon Barbosa/Alvaro Filho and Talita Antunes/Larissa Franca the No. 1 seeds in the men’s and women’s competition, respectively.  

Due to its host country role, the Austrian pair of Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst are seeded No. 12 in the men’s competition and will be listed as the top team in Pool L. The top host country women’s team will be Katharina Schutzenhofer/Stefanie Schwaiger, who will be the top pair in Pool L.

Following the completion of pool play, the top two pairs in each group will advance directly to the 32-team elimination bracket along with the four best third-place duos based on match points, set-point ratios and/or rally-point ratios. A Lucky Loser round for the teams ranked fifth through 12th will be played with the four winners advancing to the elimination bracket.

For the bracket phase of the Vienna competition, there will be a draw to place each team in the bracket based on their pool standings with the 12 pool winners being seeded No. 1 to No. 12, and the third-place finishers, including the Lucky Losers being seeded No. 25 through No. 32.  The second-place finishers in each pool will be seeded No. 13 through No. 24.

Here are the pool assignments for the 2017 FIVB World Championships where defending men’s champions Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt of Brazil headline Pool E as the No. 5-seeded team. Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas, the Brazilian 2015 FIVB women’s world champions, have split for the 2017 season. Agatha and Eduarda “Duda” Lisboa will be the No. 3 seeded team and listed first in Pool C. Barbara and new partner Fernanda Alves will be the top pair in Pool H as the No. 8 seeds.

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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