2018-04-24 16:20:00 CEST

World champs aim for local glory

Evandro and Andre are set to compete in the Brazilian Super Praia this weekend

Evandro finished second in the 2016 edition of the Super Praia when he played with Pedro SolbergEvandro finished second in the 2016 edition of the Super Praia when he played with Pedro Solberg

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After winning the three most important titles they competed for in the last year, Evandro Goncalves and Andre Loyola go this week for a new piece of hardware as they are set to play in the Brazilian Super Praia, the closing tournament of the country’s 2017-2018 beach volleyball season.

Created in 2014, the Super Praia is similar to the Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals, as it doesn’t add points to the rankings and features only the teams that best performed during the season. Because of that, only 16 men’s and women’s teams will be competing in the country’s capital Brasilia from Thursday to Sunday instead of the 24 that typically play in Brazilian Tour events.

Evandro and Andre competed together in the Super Praia in 2017, but finished third. After that, they started their amazing run, pilling titles and gold medals in Brazil and internationally.

“It’s a title we still don’t have, so it definitely motivates us,” Andre commented. “We are already focusing in the World Tour and after doing well in the Brazilian Tour, it would be great to leave the country with another title.”

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To prevail in Brasilia, the world champions will have heavy competition from teams such as the Olympic champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Schmidt, the 2017 Fort Lauderdale Major champions Alvaro Filho and Saymon Barbosa and the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Major semifinalists Pedro Solberg and George Wanderley.

The first two teams are coming home after a grueling week in China, where they competed in the World Tour four-star tournament in Xiamen, but Andre doesn’t believe that could represent an advantage for them.

“There are the two sides of it,” he added. “While we’re better rested, they have a better match rhythm as they competed last week. It’s always hard winning tournaments in Brazil and it won’t be any different now.”

In the women’s tournament, the favorites are the reigning national champions Maria Elisa Antonelli and Carol Solberg, the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Major winners Barbara Seixas and Fernanda Berti and Ana Patrícia Ramos and Rebecca Silva, who won the last two events of the National Tour.

The reigning champions of the Super Praia are Alison/Bruno, who won all the four editions among the men, and Agatha Bednarczuk/Duda Lisboa, who won’t compete in the 2018 tournament.

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