Big men dominate World Champs stats

07.07.2019 - Hamburg, Germany

Blockers were among the most efficient players of the tournament in Hamburg

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship Hamburg 2019 presented by comdirect and ALDI Nord was dominated by blockers as the big men topped all but one of the seven statistical categories of the tournament played at the Rothenbaum Stadium.

Bronze medalist Anders Mol of Norway topped three categories, most notably the best blocker one with an impressive 49 stuffs over the week. He was trailed by Germany’s silver medalist Julius Thole with 44 and Brazil’s 2017 champion André Loyola with 36.

Beach Volley Viking Anders also had the highest spike of the tournament, at 3.43m, and the highest block, at 3.39m, according to innovation partner comdirect. In the first category he was followed by Italy’s Paolo Nicolai and Germany’s Nils Ehlers, both at 3.42m while in the second he tied with USA’s Phil Dalhausser at 3.39m and overcame Brazil’s Evandro Gonçalves at 3.36m.

His partner, Christian Sørum, was the only defender to top a category as the Norwegian was the best attacker in Hamburg after he converted 139 of his spikes in the event. He was followed by recently-crowned world champion Viacheslav Krasilnikov of Russia, who has 134 attacks, and USA’s Trevor Crabb, who had 128.

Krasilnikov’s partner Oleg Stoyanovskiy dominated both serving categories as he had both the highest number of aces (17) and the fastest serve at 112.81km/h. Poland’s Grzegorz Fijalek and Krasilnikov scored 15 aces each. Germany’s Jonathan Erdmann had the second-fastest serve at 105.94km/h, slightly ahead of Evandro’s 105.35km/h.

Thole was the best scorer of the World Championships after he registered 162 points over his eight matches at the Red Bull Beach Arena. Krasilnikov came right after with 150 and USA’s Tri Bourne was third with 144.