2019-04-15 12:16:00 CEST

The weekend round-up

World Tour winners and joy in Joao Pessoa

It was a busy weekend of action on the beach around the world with a FIVB World Tour event reaching its climax while the Brazilian national tour came to its conclusion. Here’s what went down…

Back-to-back gold for Americans

Lara Dykstra and Cassie House made it two World Tour golds on the bounce by taking the one-star competition in Langkawi, Malaysia.

Back to back gold tastes good๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ฅ . . . Battled hard through this tournament to stay consistent and work on our system. @cassiecasa is an absolute stud of an athlete and human. Grateful to be on this journey together โœจ. Onward! ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ next stop: Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช . . . . . #gousa #usavbeach #fivbbeachvolleyball #processpurposefaith #AO1

364 Likes, 20 Comments - Lara Dykstra (@laradykstra) on Instagram: "Back to back gold tastes good๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ฅ . . . Battled hard through this tournament to stay consistent and..."

Having won in Battambang in Cambodia last week, the US duo continued their fine form to top the podium. The pair came from a set down to beat Ukraine’s Diana Lunina and Maryna Samoday in the final. Dimitra Manavi and Konstantina Tspoulou of Greece, who were second in Cambodia, won took bronze here.

In the men’s tournament, Anton Kislystyn and Daniil Kuvichka came out on top in an all-Russian final. Compatriots and fellow qualifiers Audrey Bolgov and Vlasislav Ermilov had to settle for silver, while Japan’s Hitoshi Murakami and Takashi Tsuchiya took bronze.

Brazilian tour glory for familiar faces

Ricardo Santos and Alvaro Filho and Fernanda Berti and Barbara Seixas clinched the Brazilian national tour titles following the seventh tour stop of the series over the weekend.

Que momento especial, obrigado @alvarofilhovolei por proporcionar um momento tão lindo na minha carreira. Você se mostrou um verdadeiro campeão , mostrando a maturidade que um atleta necessita para ajudar a superar as dificuldades . Sua trajetória de sucesso está sendo escrita e espero poder acompanhá-lo vibrando por você nos jogos de Tóquio . Agradecendo também a equipe do @ctcangacovoleidepraia por toda a logística e comprometimento a nossa equipe . Somos CAMPEÕES ...๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿ†

3,299 Likes, 183 Comments - Ricardo Santos (@ricardobeach1) on Instagram: "Que momento especial, obrigado @alvarofilhovolei por proporcionar um momento tão lindo na minha..."

Legends Ricardo and Alvaro finished in fourth place, which guaranteed them the overall title. The gold medal in Joao Pessoa went to Alison Cerutti and temporary partner Oscar, with the pairing overcoming Bruno Schmidt and Evandro in a three-set thriller.

Fernanda and Barbara took the gold medal and the 2018/19 title with their victory. It was the pair’s second gold medal of the tour and their fifth overall to ensure they took the overall title.

CAMPEÃS BRASILEIRAS!!! O título da temporada é nosso!!! Nosso ,que eu digo, são de muitas pessoas que muita gente não vê! Eles não entram em quadra mas estão com a gnt lá dentro! Meus parabéns, Equipe CT Leblon! @rico1981 @cadinho85 @rafabordallo @mairaruasconsulting @guilherme_braga @andrelperlingeiro @rodrigoschroder #jajau!!! @dra_flavia_pinho @drarenatacastro Que delicia essa sensação de ganhar, vai um pouco além da medalha, do troféu... é uma confirmação que todo o esforço, dedicação ... estão valendo a pena. Só o início do ano e ainda vamos comer muita areia! Ainda bem que estamos sempre com fome, né @babifseixas ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ CT Leblon ainda mais completo.. valeu pela força de sempre, meninos @evandrojuniorvolei @ppvn22 @kid_fenomeno18 @_bruno_schmidt_ #ed #menguinho #tmj ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿค›๐Ÿผ

1,043 Likes, 89 Comments - Fernanda Berti (@feberti) on Instagram: "CAMPEÃS BRASILEIRAS!!! O título da temporada é nosso!!! Nosso ,que eu digo, são de muitas pessoas..."

Agatha Bednarczuk and Duda Lisboa took the bronze medal which meant they finished the tour in joint-second place overall together with Ana Patricia and Rebecca.

Next stop Sweden

There’s a one-star, double-gender FIVB World Tour event taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden this week, kicking off on Thursday.

Four of the six teams which medaled in Langkawi will head to Sweden, including the Dykstra/House, who will be aiming for a third gold medal in the space of three weeks.

Eight women’s and six men’s teams from the host nation will be out to impress their fans, including 17-year-old pair Jonatan Hellvig and David Ahman the 2018 Youth Olympic champions.

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