FIVB Shanghai Grand Slam

Talita Antunes da Rocha and Taiana de Souza Lima of Brazil won the gold in Shanghai.


Shanghai ended in another American victory on the men’s side with Casey Patterson and Jake Gibb taking home the title this time. It was Patterson’s first FIVB World Tour gold medal, and it wasn’t an easy win. After taking the first game 21-16, Gibb and Patterson lost some momentum, allowing the Brazilian team of Pedro Salgado Collett Solberg and Bruno Oscar Schmidt to win the second 21-9, with a missed serve by Gibb giving the Brazilians their final point. But in the end, the Americans managed to pull out the tiebreaker 15-9, with Gibb tallying five blocks in the final set.

Nick Lucena and Brad Keenan made their first international appearance of the year in Shanghai, but lost in the first round of the playoffs to the team of Alexey Sidorenko and Alexandr Dyachenko of Kazakhstan. Coming off their win in Fuzhou, Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal didn’t make it past the second round where they were defeated by Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and Álvaro Magliano de Morais Filho of Brazil in a long three-set match.

1. Gibb - Patterson USA [9]
2. Pedro - Bruno BRA [3]
3. Ricardo - Álvaro Filho BRA [12]


Talita Antunes da Rocha and Taiana de Souza Lima of Brazil had to go through their fellow Brazilians Maria Clara Salgado Rufino and Carolina Solberg Salgado in the semis to make it to the final in Shanghai, where they played Austria’s Schwaiger sisters (Stefanie and Doris) for the title. Winning 21-13, 21-11, Talita won her third Shanghai title, with Taiana taking her first-ever FIVB gold.

The American women had a bit of a tough time in Shanghai. April Ross and Jen Kessy lost to the eventual champions from Brazil in the second round of playoffs, and the duos of Jennifer Fopma/Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick/Nicole Branagh both lost in the first round. The final women’s pair from the U.S., Emily Day and Brittany Hochevar, did not perform well enough to make it out of pool play.

1. Talita - Lima BRA [10]
2. Schwaiger D. - Schwaiger S. AUT [19]
3. Maria Clara - Carol BRA [16]

Originally published in July 2013

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