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Triumphant Bautista Amieva & Leo Aveiro (source:

Triumphant Bautista Amieva & Leo Aveiro (source:

Argentina’s Bautista Amieva & Leo Aveiro topped the men’s standings at the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Futures event in Messina to collect their fourth gold on the Tour. Italy’s Claudia Scampoli & Margherita Bianchin triumphed with home gold in the women’s competition.

Last year Amieva & Aveiro earned three consecutive Futures trophies in a row, in Ciro Marina, Leuven and Ljubljana, but the Messina gold was their first Tour medal in 2023, after the fifth places in Lecce and Lille and the fourth in Ios.

The eighth-seeded Argentineans lost only one match in Messina, the Pool A winners’ game, in which top-seeded Davide Benzi & Carlo Bonifazi of Italy managed a 2-1 (25-23, 17-21, 15-11) win. Later in the competition, Amieva & Aveiro got back at the Italians with a 2-0 (21-15, 21-12) shutout in the semifinals. That was after mastering another straight-set upset in the quarterfinals, 2-0 (21-17, 21-16) over third-seeded compatriots Julian Azaad & Maciel Bueno. In Sunday’s big final, 23-year-old Amieva and 26-year-old Aveiro battled through three sets against fifth-seeded Austrians Florian Schnetzer & Lorenz Petutschnig to celebrate a 2-1 (21-15, 17-21, 15-8) victory.

Schnetzer & Petutschnig had only dropped a set on the way to the Messina final. In the semis, they hammered out a 2-0 (21-18, 21-19) victory over fourth-seeded Italians Gianluca Dal Corso & Marco Viscovich to secure their second Beach Pro Tour podium, with back-to-back silvers in Ios the previous week and in Messina.

Dal Corso & Viscovich completed the podium after taking a forfeit victory in the third-place match against compatriots Benzi & Bonifazi. The bronze was the first Beach Pro Tour medal for the 22-year-old Italians as a team. Last year, Dal Corso had two Futures medals with Jakob Windisch as a partner, a Lecce gold and a Giardini Naxos bronze.

Claudia Scampoli & Margherita Bianchin celebrating with the home crowd in Messina (source:

Claudia Scampoli & Margherita Bianchin celebrating with the home crowd in Messina (source:

In an all-Italian women’s final, 27-year-old Bianchin and 23-year-old Scampoli, the top-seeded team in the tournament, produced a 2-0 (21-18, 21-18) shutout of 12th-seeded Reka Orsi Toth & Giada Bianchi to pick up their third Beach Pro Tour gold, after winning in Giardini Naxos last year and in Lecce this year. They went through all five of their games in Messina undefeated, dropping only a set along the way. On Sunday morning, they delivered a 2-0 (21-14, 21-11) sweep of their semifinal against bottom-seeded qualifiers Andrea Lorenzova & Karin Zolnercikova of Czechia.

Upon their debut as a pair, 24-year-old Orsi Toth and 21-year-old Bianchi celebrated the Messina silver. It was the first Beach Pro Tour medal for Bianchi. Reka had previously picked up a couple of bronze medals with her older sister Viktoria Orsi Toth, at the 2022 Futures events in Madrid and Cervia. Orsi Toth & Bianchi did not lose a single set on the way to the final. In the semis, they mastered a 2-0 (21-19, 21-17) shutout of fifth-seeded Menia Bentele & Anna Lutz of Switzerland.

21-year-old Bentele and 23-year-old Anna Lutz took the bronze after a 2-0 (21-10, 21-11) sweep of the third-place match against Lorenzova & Zolnercikova. They added the second piece of hardware to their Beach Pro Tour collection to go with last year’s silver in Cervia.

Messina Futures: all results


All Messina Futures 2023 medallists (source: