Challenge - Goa, IND - 2023 - Beach Pro Tour 2023 season - News

Verge-Depre & Mader triumph as Goa Challenge winners

Verge-Depre & Mader triumph as Goa Challenge winners

Switzerland’s Anouk Verge-Depre & Joana Mader claimed their first Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour medal by snatching gold at last week’s Goa Challenge in India and that result helped them climb back up among the top 20 teams in the women’s FIVB Beach Volleyball Ranking for the first time since they returned to the Tour after Mader’s recovery from the heavy injury she suffered during the Rome 2022 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship bronze medal match.

During that World Championship, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallists were the number four team in the ranking, but forced out of competition for over 10 months, they gradually descended in the chart to as low as number 75 after their points from the fourth place at the World Championship expired in June of this year. Then they started on their way up again to reach number 26 before the tournament in India. Their gold medal in Goa came with 800 points and they net-gained 400 of them (as their ninth best score of 400 points from the Hamburg Elite16 dropped out of the equation) to rise to 4,960 points in position 19. The Swiss pair has not been this high up in the chart since November 2022.

Goa silver medallists Karla Borger & Sandra Ittlinger of Germany, on the other hand, entered the top 30 for the first time since their journey together as a duo began last fall. Pocketing 460 of the 760 points that came with their second place, they ascended from number 34 to number 30 on a new total of 4,200 points.

Spain’s Daniela Alvarez & Tania Moreno, who finished third in Goa, net-gaining 380 points, moved one spot up to number 28 on a total of 4,440 points.

Highest in the ranking among the Goa top four are Thailand’s Worapeerachayakorn Kongphopsarutawadee & Taravadee Naraphornrapat. With their fourth place last week, they gained three spots and jumped to number 17 on a total of 5,160 points.

Meanwhile, the men’s winners in India, Austria’s Robin Seidl & Moritz Pristauz, also made it to the top 30 of the World Ranking for the first time since they started competing together in March. They netted 500 of the 800 points from Goa and leapt seven spots up to number 29 on a total of 4,240.

Well-seasoned Spaniards Pablo Herrera & Adrian Gavira, on the other hand, who had dropped to number 18 after the World Championship in Tlaxcala earlier this month, immediately regained their spot among the top 15, rising to number 14 along with their second place in Goa. They netted 300 of the points received towards a 5,520 total.

Goa bronze medallists Joaquin Bello & Javier Bello registered a new high. With a net gain of 504 points, the English twins collected a total of 3,660 points and climbed to number 39 for the first time, six spots up from last week. Their previous best placement was number 43, which they reached in May 2022.

Fourth-placed Germans Lukas Pfretzschner & Sven Winter, for whom the Goa Challenge was only the third Beach Pro Tour event together, piled up the entire amount of 680 points they earned in Goa to rocket 86 positions up to number 123.