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2018-03-14 14:01:00 CET

#FTLMajor champs play for home glory

After triumphing in Florida, Barbara and Fernanda look forward to their first home victory in the Brazilian Tour

Fernanda and Barbara want to use the good momentum to get to the top of the podium in MaceióFernanda and Barbara want to use the good momentum to get to the top of the podium in Maceió

For most beach volleyball teams, home success precedes good results on the international scene, but that was not the case for Barbara Seixas and Fernanda Berti. The Brazilians, who won the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Major 10 days ago, will have a chance to fix it this week, though, as they are set to compete in the sixth stop of the National Tour in the city of Maceió.

Playing together since September 2016, Barbara and Fernanda had the apex of their partnership in the Fort Lauderdale Major, their second and most important international victory to date.

The duo is yet to top the podium on their home soil, however, having won only two bronze medals in the Brazilian Tour since they joined forces. Their goal is to use the good momentum to keep progressing as a team.

“Winning in Fort Lauderdale was great to reward the work of our entire team,” Fernanda said. “We have a lot of people working with us and Barbara and I are just one part of the process. It was awesome to win such a high-level tournament, but every event is different and we need to take it match-by-match, as we did in Florida.”

The #FTLMajor champs will compete against four other teams which also played in Florida – Carol Solberg/Maria Elisa Antonelli, Agatha Bednarczuk/Duda Lisboa, Josi Alves/Lili Maestrini and Ana Patrícia Ramos/Rebecca Silva. Taiana Lima and Carol Horta, who announced their partnership will continue after silver in Florida, will not hit the sand in Maceio as Carol is recovering from a minor abdominal injury.

The men’s tournament in Maceió will feature five teams who competed in Fort Lauderdale a couple of weeks ago – Alison Cerutti/Bruno Schmidt, Evandro Goncalves/André Loyola, Pedro Solberg/George Wanderley, Guto Carvalhaes/Vitor Felipe and Alvaro Filho/Saymon Barbosa.

With only two more tournaments to be played in the Brazilian Tour, Agatha and Duda top the rankings among the women with 1,760 points while Evandro and André seem to be in route for their first national title as they lead the men’s rankings with 1,800 points.

The tournament starts on Wednesday with the qualification stage while the main draw will kick-off on Thursday. The men’s final is scheduled for Saturday with the women’s gold medal match ending the tournament on Sunday.

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