Women’s Beach Volleyball World Championship: Brazil’s Barbara Seixas & Agatha Bednarczuk
Brazil’s Barbara Seixas and Agatha Bednarczuk clinched the women’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship title after defeating their compatriots Taiana Lima and Fernanda Alves in The Hague on Saturday (July 4). The Brazilian duo won the final 21-18, 21-19 to secure their first world title.
In the first set, Seixas and Bednarczuk opened the scoring, only for Lima and Alves to take the next four points. Seixas and Bednarczuk fought to close the gap butLima and Alves then established a 13-9 lead. Seixas and Bednarczuk came back to level at 15-15 and then moved to a 18-17 lead. Seixas and Bednarczuk held on to take the set 21-18 in 49 minutes with a spike through the middle.
The pairing carried the momentum into the second set and established a 7-4 lead. After taking a timeout, current world tour leaders Lima and Alves narrowed the gap to trail by one point. Seixas and Bednarczuk stayed in front and took a 17-14 lead.
Lima and Alves battled back to equalise at 20-20. But Seixas and Bednarczuk regrouped during a timeout and won the set 21-19 to take the gold medal. The win gives Brazil two beach volleyball Olympic places at the 2016 Games, one automatically as hosts and the other on merit for the winner of the final.