Elite16 - Gstaad, SUI - 2024 - Beach Pro Tour 2024 season - News

Tina/Anastasija (LAT) vs. Melissa/Brandie (CAN) - Quarterfinals #17382701

Melissa & Brandie in a Gstaad Elite16 2024 quarterfinal

Melissa Humana-Paredes & Brandie Wilkerson made it to the top three of the women’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Ranking for the first time since the two Canadian stars joined forces as a team. Meanwhile USA’s Taryn Kloth & Kristen Nuss narrowed down the distance from Brazil’s Eduarda Santos Lisboa (Duda) & Ana Patricia Ramos to just 20 points and they are the closest they have ever been to the number one spot in the chart. Two main factors affected the latest update of the World Rankings at the top end. One is the addition of last week’s Gstaad Elite16 results. The other one is the expiration of last year’s Gstaad Elite16 points.

In fact, Melissa & Brandie did not net any new points. They finished fifth at the Gstaad Elite16 both in 2023 and in 2024, so their World Ranking score of 7,400 points did not change. However, it was the previous number three, USA’s Sara Hughes & Kelly Cheng, who lost as many as 500 points, because they finished runners-up last year, but did not participate this year, which caused them to drop three positions down to number six.

The Netherlands’ Katja Stam & Raisa Schoon took advantage of this drop too. They also finished fifth last week and net-gained 160 points, with which they also surpassed fifth-placed Barbara Seixas & Carol Solberg of Brazil and climbed from sixth to fourth, just 20 points below Melissa & Brandie.

Only 20 points is now the gap between the world’s number one Duda & Ana Patricia and number two Kloth & Nuss. The Americans improved on their Gstaad bronze in 2023 and topped the 2024 podium in Switzerland, upping their World Ranking score by 200 points to 8,640. Meanwhile, the Brazilian standouts dropped the points from their first place last year and finished only ninth last week, suffering a net loss of 440 points to 8,660, a mere 20 points above Kloth & Nuss.

The other three teams that reached last week’s women’s semifinals all improved their standing in the World Ranking. Runners-up Terese Cannon & Megan Kraft of the United States rocketed nine spots up to number 25. Bronze medallists Anastasija Samoilova & Tina Graudina of Latvia shifted up from ninth to eighth, while fourth-placed Agatha Bednarczuk & Rebecca Cavalcanti of Brazil climbed from 12th to 10th.

The men’s final in Gstaad offered an encounter between the world’s number one and number two teams. Fittingly, number one David Ahman & Jonatan Hellvig of Sweden defeated number two Andre Stein & George Wanderley of Brazil to further widen the already huge gap at the top of the men’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Ranking to 2,180 points. The Swedish jump-setters now lead with a total of 9,740 points, followed by George & Andre with 7,560.

For former number one team Anders Mol & Christian Sorum of Norway, last week’s bronze was actually a step down from last year’s silver in Gstaad, so they suffered a net loss of 100 points and went down from seventh to eighth in the World Ranking, surpassed by Brazil’s Evandro Oliveira & Arthur Mariano, who reached the quarterfinals at this year’s tournament in Switzerland.

Fourth-placed Paolo Nicolai & Samuele Cottafava of Italy were the only other team among last week’s top eight to rise up in the World Ranking. They had no Gstaad 2023 points to expire and improved their score by 220 points to 6,900, jumping three spots up to number six.