Vienna, Austria, August 5, 2017 – Reigning Olympic champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst won their third major beach volleyball crown here as the Germans captured a three-set victory over Lauren Fendrick and April Ross of the United States in the gold medal match at the 2017 FIVB World Championships presented by A1.
April Ross & Lauren Fendrick Capture 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship Silver
Seeded fourth in the competition, Ludwig and Walkenhorst posted a 2-1 (19-21, 21-13, 15-9) win in 64 minutes over the 14th-seeded Fendrick and Ross as both teams entered Saturday’s finale with 7-0 match marks in the 11th of the World Championships that officially began in 1997 and have been held every other year on the FIVB World Tour.
With the win, the Germans shared the $60,000 first-place prize while Fendrick and Ross shared $45,000 for second-place. The gold medal was Ludwig and Walkenhorst’s 10th in 42 FIVB World Tour starts together since forming their partnership in 2013. Of the 10 gold medals, the two major titles were netted in 2016 at the Rio Olympic Games and the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals in Toronto, Canada.
Ludwig, who was named the Smart Most Valuable Player for the Tournament, and Walkenhorst also become the first women’s team from a European team to win a gold medal at the FIVB World Championships. Women’s pairs from Brazil (five times), the United States (four times) and China (once) have topped the podium at the previous 10 editions of the event.
Story and photos courtesy of fivb.org