Photos by Tony Mangia
With important qualifying points for the 2016 Olympics in their country on the line, the Brazilian women's teams dominated the final day of the AVP Grand Slam beach volleyball tourney on Sunday.
The ladies from Brazil were so good, they swept the podium at the St. Petersburg, Florida event.
|Photos by Tony Mangia|
Under sunny skies and triple-digit temps, third-seeded Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas defeated second-seeded Maria Antonelli and Juliana Felisberta for the gold, and Tiana Lima and Fernanda Alves beat Germany's Karla Borger and Britta Buthe for the bronze.
Next year's Olympics are in Rio de Janeiro.
"With the Olympic ranking, we have a big fight with the Brazilians about this, so for us this first place is very important, as we can only have two teams in the Rio Olympics," said Seixas.
It was Brazil's 22nd women's podium sweep — a record for FIVB, the sport's world governing body — and the first since Nov. 1, 2014. After seven women's events on the FIVB World Tour, the past five straight have been won by three teams from Brazil.
Bednarczuk and Seixas maintained their position as the world's top-ranked team heading into next week's world championships in the Netherlands. They won all seven matches in the tournament without losing a set.
It was the fifth straight tournament won by a Brazilian team.