2018-03-05 00:26:00 CEST
The American was the best scorer, best attacker and best blocker in Florida
American up-and-comer Summer Ross won her first Beach Major Series medal in the Fort Lauderdale Major as her and partner Brooke Sweat took home the bronze after a win over Germany qualifiers Isabel Schneider and Victoria Bieneck.
But that was definitely all she did over the week in Florida as the 25-year-old Under-19 and Under-21 world champion dominated the stat sheets of the tournament, being the best scorer, best attacker and best blocker of the first Beach Major Series event of 2018.
“Summer was playing lights out and really helping me out on offense,” Sweat said about her partner.” I’m really proud of her, she really stepped up”.
The American was a stud, scoring impressive 158 points over seven matches to lead the list ahead of Brazilian gold and silver medalists Fernanda Berti and Carol Horta, who scored 141 and 126 points, respectively.
Ross scored most of her points by attacking, with 129 kills registered in the #FTLMajor. Fernanda and Carol Horta again chased the American, with 113 and 107 attack points. The bronze medalist also topped the blocking list, with 22 points scored that way. Fernanda and Bieneck had 19 each.
Germany’s Karla Borger was the best server of the tournament, with 13 points scored from the service line. Bieneck had 12, one more than Carol Horta’s partner, Taiana Lima.
In the men’s tournament, Theo Brunner, who debuted his partnership with veteran John Hyden in the Fort Lauderdale Major, was the best scorer with 132 points registered in five matches. He had a funny take about that on his Instagram account.
On the face of it this is cool. In reality it means people prefer serving me instead of my 4️⃣5️⃣ year old partner🤦♂️. Enjoy it while it lasts @johnnyhyden !! Huge thanks to all the fans, family and friends who came out and supported us at the incredible @beachmajorseries #FTLmajor #fivb #beachvolleyball #ftlauderdale
190 Likes, 6 Comments - Theodore Brunner (@lordbrunner) on Instagram: "On the face of it this is cool. In reality it means people prefer serving me instead of my 4️⃣5️⃣..."
Silver medalist Daniele Lupo of Italy was the second best scorer, with 116 points, ahead of Brazil’s Pedro Solberg, who had 110, three more than his partner George Wanderley.
Lupo was the best attacker of the event, with 112 points, one more than Brunner. George, who was playing of his first Beach Major Series main draw, had 103 kills during the week.
Unsurprisingly, gold medalist Phil Dalhausser of the USA was the best blocker of the week, with 44 successful actions. Pedro Solberg had 40 and silver medalists Paolo Nicolai, 36.
In another expected outcome, reigning world champion Evandro Goncalves of Brazil was best server, with 13 aces in only three matches. Canada’s Sam Pedlow, the Netherlands’ Robert Meeuwsen and Latvia’s Janis Smedins had nine, each.
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