2018-07-15 20:20:00 CEST

Chantal leads the way

The German defender was among the best players of the tournament according to the stats

Chantal's performance carried Germany to the final in GstaadChantal's performance carried Germany to the final in Gstaad

Germany’s Chantal Laboureur ended the 2018 Swatch Major Gstaad one step away from taking home the golden cowbell for the second year running as partner Julia Sude and her were downed by Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes in Sunday’s final.

The German defender, however, finished on top in not one but two categories in the tournament’s stat sheets as she was both the best scorer throughout the week in the Swiss Alps with 134 points and the best attacker with 128 kills.

In the first category, she outplayed Canada’s Brandie Wilkerson, who scored 125 points, and Sude, who had 119. Two Canadians were the second and third best attackers of the event as Heather Bansley had 97 kills, one more than Humana-Paredes.

“Or course we’re disappointed that we lost, but all in all we can be super satisfied with us,” she said after the gold medal match. “We won some very tight games and gave our best and played great until the end. We can be very proud of ourselves, for sure.”

Another German player, former indoor star Margareta Kozuch, topped the list of best servers in Gstaad as she recorded a tournament-high 14 points from the service line. Sude, Czech Republic’s Marketa Sluková and Japan’s Miki Ishii had 12 each.

Wilkerson, who claimed bronze with Bansley, was the most effective blocker with impressive 37 points scored in the net, far ahead of Pavan’s 24 and Sude’s 21.

Tocs scored 145 points over five matches in the Swiss AlpsTocs scored 145 points over five matches in the Swiss Alps

Among the men, Latvia’s Edgars Tocs ranked first in points scored, with 145, followed by Italians Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai, who won the bronze medal in the Swiss Alps and recorded 141 and 123, respectively.

The Italians topped the rankings in other two categories, however. Lupo was the best attacker of the tournament, as he had done in the Fort Lauderdale Major in March, registering 132 kills, ahead of Norway’s gold medal winner Christian Sørum, who had 115, and Tocs, with 104.

Nicolai, on the other hand, ranked first among the blockers with 48 points scored in the fundamental. Norway’s Anders Mol, with 41, and Tocs, with 40, trailed the Rio 2016 Olympic silver medalist.

Belgian Tom van Walle had the most effective serve of the event registering 14 direct points. Canada’s Sam Pedlow, who had 12 aces, and Austria’s Alexander Horst and USA’s Phil Dalhausser, with nine each, were next.

The complete stats rankings can be found here.

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