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2017-07-11 14:54:00 CEST

World Champs schedule released

Who plays who, where and when at the Danube Island

The opening 144-match pool play schedule for the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 has been released.

The opening games will take place on July 28 as 96 men’s and women’s teams from 40 countries will be competing in the USD one million event at the Danube Island.

The 2017 FIVB World Championships will be played at the state-of-the art Vienna Centre Court at Danube Island with the focal point of the action and entertainment being held with a picturesque view of the Danube River and the lively atmosphere of the Beach Village.

Following the drawing of lots on July 1 to determine the 12 pools of four teams each per gender for the 2017 FIVB World Championships, the match schedule will feature 28 games on three courts for the first four days of competition July 28-31.  Women’s group play ends August 1 with the final men’s pool matches August 2.

During the first four days of competition (July 28-31), matches will begin at 10 a.m. (local time) on the two side courts at Danube Island venue with action on the main stadium court starting at 12pm.  Competition on Day 5 and 6 will begin at 9.30 am on the side courts and 11.30am in the main stadium.

The opening side court action on July 28 will have a men’s match between Belgium and Latvia (Pool F) being played alongside a women’s contest between Canada and The Netherlands (Pool G).  The opening main stadium court match July 28 will feature Brazilian Evandro Goncalves, the bronze medal winner at the 2015 FIVB World Championships in The Netherlands, and his new partner Andre Loyola against Dutchmen Christiaan Varenhorst and Maarten van Garderen in Pool D.

Varenhorst and Reinder Nummerdor placed second to Brazilians Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt after losing the gold medal match to the Brazilians in The Hague.  Alison and Bruno return to defend their championship and play their first match in Pool E July 29 at 2pm against African continental qualifier Aldevino Nguvo/Justino Tovela of Mozambique on a side court.

Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas, the Brazilian 2015 FIVB women’s world champions, have split for the 2017 season.  Agatha and Eduarda “Duda” Lisboa open world championship play July 29 against African continental qualifier Gaudencia Makokha/Naomie Too of Kenya in a Pool C match at 10am.

Barbara and new partner Fernanda Alves will play Brazilian rivals Elize Maia/Taiana Lima in their first Pool H match July 28 at 6 p.m.  In the women’s 2015 world championship finale, Agatha and Barbara defeated Fernanda and Lima for the gold medal.

The top host country teams of Katharina Schützenhöfer/Stefanie Schwaiger and Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst will play back-to-back Pool L matches on July 28 against teams that qualified via the Asian continental process.  Schützenhöfer and Schwaiger will meet Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee of Thailand at 3pm followed by Doppler and Horst playing Rahman Raoufi/Bahman Salemiinjehboroun of Iran.

The top two pairs in each pool will advance 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.  The “Lucky Loser” matches will be August 1 for women and August 2 for men.

For the bracket phase of the Vienna competition, there will be a re-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.

The women’s semi-finals and medal matches will be played August 5 for women.  The men’s semi-finals will be contested August 5 with the medal matches August 6.  The winning men’s and women’s teams will split the USD 60,000 first-place prizes.

Austria will be hosting the FIVB World Championships for the second-time with the first being in 2001 in Klagenfurt where South American pairs from Argentina (Mariano Baracetti/Martin Conde) and Brazil (Shelda Bede/Adriana Behar) captured the titles.

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