Last year’s Gstaad Major was the best ever!
There are three types of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics.
Writer Mark Twain popularized this term but clearly he had never watched beach volleyball. Well he did only live until 1910 and beach volleyball wasn’t even born until 1915. Or so Wikipedia tells us.
What has all of this got to do with beach volleyball, we hear you ask. Well, ladies and gentlemen: last year’s Gstaad Major was better than the 2015. Fact.
Yep, you heard us right: the 2016 Gstaad Major saw more blocks, attacks, aces and points than last year’s Major in the Alps. Fact.
You know we love our facts and figures here in the Swatch Major Series office, so here are some more interestingly geeky numbers to immerse yourselves in as we reminisce about last summer's tournament...
- There were 553 more scoring points at the 2016 tournament compared to 2015, 53 more aces, 45 more blocks and a whopping 421 more attacks.
- At this the 2016 tournament, men blocked more than women – 563 to 390 – but did you know women scored an incredible 192 more aces than the men, 431 to 239. Impressive, huh?
- No male player scored more points than bronze medal winner Aleksandrs Samoilovs’ 159 – 22 more than any other player.
- Samoilovs and partner Janis Smedins were involved in more rallies than any other men’s team – 702 – 75 more than the next team. They were busy boys.
- The Latvian duo also achieved more sideouts than any other team. Their 247 sideouts was 28 more than any other partnership.
- Gold medalist Evandro pummeled 23 aces – 12 more than any other player.
- Fellow golden cowbell winner Talita scored more blocks than any other female player with 28.
- Talita and Larissa were involved in seven two-set matches – they never dropped a set in the tournament.
- The Brazilian golden girls scored 31 less points during the tournament than silver medalists April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings but still romped to victory.
- No woman scored more aces in the tournament than bronze medalist Kira Walkenhorst’s 21.
- It was the 56th time in FIVB history that Brazil had won both the men’s and women’s gold medal. It also happened in Gstaad in2015... What will happen this year…?
And finally… the number of cows that watched beach volleyball: 1 – Thank you Anika!