BPT 2022 Challenge Agadir - Awarding Ceremony_06

The teams from the Netherlands that won gold in Agadir move up 14 and 12 spots in the rankings

The four teams in each gender that competed in the semifinals of last week’s Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Challenge event in Agadir managed to significantly improve their positions in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Rankings after the charts were updated following the conclusion of the tournament in Morocco.

Women’s winners Emma Piersma and Mexime van Driel of the Netherlands made the biggest leap among the eight teams as they entered the event occupying the 50th spot in the rankings and have now moved up to 36th. The 800 points they earned with their first victory in a Beach Pro Tour Challenge tournament pushed them to a total of 2,480 in the rankings.

Canadian twins Megan and Nicole McNamara left the event empty-handed as they had to settle for fourth, but the 680 points they earned in Morocco moved them to 18th place. The sisters had their best result in the season so far in Agadir, and started the week in 23rd place. They did well enough to climb five spots, taking their points total up to 3,880 points.

Silver medallists Barbora Hermannova and Marie-Sara Stochlova are now also part of the world’s top 20. The Czechs added 760 points to their total, which now adds up to 3,820, and passed seven teams in the list, moving from 27th to 20th place after last week’s event.

Italians Marta Menegatti and Valentina Gottardi are now ranked 30th in the world rankings. They took bronze in Agadir, gained five positions after they added 720 points and still have an excellent opportunity to keep moving up in the near future as their current total of 3,160 considers a victory in an Italian national event that earned them just 40 points.

On the men’s side, Australians Chris McHugh and Paul Burnett did not make it on to the podium with their fourth-place finish, but still managed to make it into the world’s top 10. The two entered the week in 14th place and the 680 points they secured in Agadir were enough to bring their total up to 4,740 and overtake four opponents to take tenth place.

Agadir champions Stefan Boermans and Matthew Immers made the biggest leap among the men, gaining 12 spots in their rise from 52nd to 40th place. They now have 2,510 points and are very likely to keep moving up for quite some time as they only have six finishes together (the rankings consider the eight best results of a team) and two of them were on the Dutch national tour, which offers significantly fewer ranking points than the Beach Pro Tour.

Silver medallists Hendrik Mol and Mathias Berntsen also made a big leap, moving from 32nd to 23rd in the charts. The Norwegians ended the event in Agadir with 3,650 points after they obtained 760 with their second-place finish.

Marco Krattiger and Florian Breer’s third-place finish in Morocco helped them move from 22nd to 20th place in the world rankings. Besides the bronze medals, the Swiss also earned 720 points in the Agadir Challenge and now have a total of 4,000.