2018-08-05 20:07:00 CEST
The Brazilian Fernanda led the stats in three categories at the Danube Island
The A1 Vienna Major presented by Swatch was highlighted by a handful of memorable individual performances as players found the perfect stage to showcase their skills in the Red Bull Beach Arena, which was always packed by passionate fans who celebrated the best of beach volleyball. Brazilian star Fernanda Berti was certainly one of them.
The 33-year-old Brazilian player displayed an efficient game last week, taking her team to the gold medal match, where partner Barbara Seixas and her were downed by Czech Republic’s Markéta Sluková and Barbora Hermonnová. Fernanda, however, was the best scorer, best attacker and best blocker of the women’s tournament.
The 1.89m-tall Brazilian ended the event with 158 points, 20 more than the second-placed Madelein Meppelink of the Netherlands, who scored 138. Hermannová completed the top-three with 136.
Fernanda scored 130 of her points with her attack, which was also the most effective of the event, putting in average 7.22 balls on the ground each set. Hermannová was second, with 108 attack points registered while another Brazilian, veteran Maria Elisa Antonelli, had 103.
The 2015 silver medalist of the World Championship also brought her best blocking game to the Danube Island as topped the list of best blockers with 23 points scored that way, one more than Meppelink. Brazil’s Carol Solberg ranked third with 18 blocking points.
Meppelink was the best server of the Vienna Major, having scored 16 points from the service line. Hermannová had 15 and Barbara 14, completing the top-three.
Among the men, Norwegian rising star Anders Mol was certainly the name worth of note as the not only won back-to-back titles in the Beach Major Series with partner Christian Sørum but was also the most efficient blocker and server of the tournament.
Mol was a solid presence at the net and ended the tournament with impressive 37 block points, including nine in the gold medal match. Qatar’s Cherif Samba was second with 31, followed by Poland’s up-and-comer Michal Bryl.
“My father, who is also our coach, gives me a lot of information and I’ve played against so many players,” he said about his blocking ability. “I just try to see what their tendencies are and use my reach the best I can.”
The Norwegian was also a treat from the serving line scoring 19 aces during the tournament. Dutchmen Robert Meeuwsen and Polish Grzegorz Fijalek had 12 each.
The Dutch ended the week with 133 points scored and led the event in that category. Bryl, with 118, and Mol, with 107, came right next. Brazilian Olympic champion Bruno Schmidt led all attackers with 103 kills. Meeuwsen had 98, one more than his partner Alexander Brouwer.
All stats are available here.