All of the top 10 teams on the women’s FIVB Beach Volleyball World Ranking have lined up to compete at the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour event in Ostrava next week (May 31 – June 4), the fourth Elite16 tournament of the 2023 season. The entry list is so impressive that three of these 10 teams will even have to start from the qualifiers.
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World Ranking leaders and reigning world champions Eduarda Santos Lisboa (Duda) & Ana Patricia Ramos of Brazil will also lead the Ostrava main draw bracket as the top-seeded team. They will start their campaign for their ninth Beach Pro Tour podium as Pool A leaders in the company of the highest ranked American pair (number six in the world), Taryn Kloth & Kristen Nuss, who have made the podium four times so far and always with gold, including the last Elite16 tournament in Uberlandia, as well as Latvian standouts Anastasija Samoilova & Tina Graudina, reigning European champions and two-time Beach Pro Tour medallists, ranked seventh in the world.
Dutch stars Katja Stam & Raisa Schoon, former World Ranking leaders and currently placed fourth, will be the second-seeded team in Ostrava and will headline Pool B. Stam & Schoon topped the standings at the first-ever Elite16 event last year in Rosarito and have so far collected a total of six medals on the Tour. They will open their campaign in Czechia with a game against Germany’s top-ranked duo and World Championship bronze medallists Cinja Tillmann & Svenja Muller, who have the Ostrava 2022 trophy to defend. Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallists Joana Mader & Anouk Verge-Depre of Switzerland are also in that pool, hungry for their first Beach Pro Tour podium, after finishing fourth at both the Ostrava Elite16 and the World Championship last year.