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Julian Azaad/Nicolas Capogrosso - Argentina

The pair qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the South American continental qualifying rounds.  The Argentineans will be competing in their first FIVB World Championship together with Azaad placing 37th at the 2015 FIVB World Championships with Pablo Bianchi.  Azaad started playing on the FIVB World Tour in 2012 with career best finishes of ninths in 2013 and 2014.  Capogrosso made his international debut in 2014 with career best placements of fifths in two of his first three tournaments with Ian Mehamed at “open” events in Paraná (Argentina 2014) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil 2015).

Christopher McHugh/Damien Schumann - Australia

The Aussies qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the Asian continental qualifying rounds.  The pair will be competing in their first FIVB World Championships together as both players have previous experience in the event.  McHugh teamed with Isaac Kapa to place ninth in the 2013 and 2015 FIVB World Championships.  Schumann finished 37th with Joshua Court in the 2015 world finals.  McHugh and Schumann topped a FIVB World Tour podium at Shepparton (Australia) earlier this season.  Prior to Shepparton, McHugh’s best FIVB World Tour finish was a 2014 third with Kapa at Klagenfurt, Austria.  McHugh has been playing on the FIVB World Tour since 2007 and Schumann started international competition in 2010.

Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst - Austria

As one of the more-experienced teams on the 2017 FIVB World Championships entry list, the Austrians have placed ninth and 17th together in the 2013 and 2015 world finals.  Doppler has competed in every world championship since 2001 with ninths being his best finishes.  Horst has played in the last five world championships with ninths being his best placements.  Two-time Olympic teammates and three-time Summer Games participants, Doppler and Horst started playing together in 2012 with three podium placements and five “final four” appearances at FIVB World Tour event.  Doppler began his FIVB career in 1998 and Horst in 2003.  Neither player has won a FIVB World Tour event with their only appearances in finals being in 2012 (Star Jablonki) and 2016 (Porec).

Christoph Dressler/Thomas Kunert - Austria

Joining compatriots Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst as host country entrants into the 2017 FIVB World Championships, nether Dressler or Kunert have competed in the world finals.  Dressler and Kunnert’s best FIVB World Tour finishes are fifths at a 2014 stop in Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) and 2017 in Xiamen (China).  Kunert played in his first World Tour event in 2011 with Dressler’s first FIVB stop being the next year.

Robin Seidl/Tobias Winter - Austria

A new team on the FIVB World Tour, Seidl and Winter were granted one of the three men’s “wild cards” for the 2017 FIVB World Championships.  After playing his first eight seasons on the FIVB World Tour with Alexander Huber highlighted by a ninth-place finish at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Seidl joined forces with Winter for the 2017 campaign.  While Winter will be competing in his first-ever FIVB World Championships, Seidl placed 17th and 33rd in the previous two editions in Poland and The Netherlands, respectively.  Seidl’s best finishes on the FIVB World Tour were a second (Qatar 2016) and a third (Fuzhou 2013) with Huber, Winter captured a bronze medal at the 2013 FIVB under-23 World Championships with Lorenz Petutschnig.  Winter started playing on the FIVB World Tour in 2013 with his best finishes being ninths.

Martin Ermacora/Moritz Pristauz-Telsnigg - Austria

The final "entry" into the 2017 FIVB World Championships via a "wild card", Ermacora and Pristauz-Telsnigg will be playing in their first worlds.  Ermacora placed fourth at the 2012 FIVB under-19 World Championships with Lukas Stranger.  Both players began playing regularly on the FIVB World Tour in 2016 with their career best finishes being a fifth in their first event together this season in Langkawi, Malaysia.

Dries Koekelkoren/Tom van Walle - Belgium

Qualifying for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the European continental qualifying rounds, Koekelkoren and van Walle are only the fourth men’s team from Belgium to compete in the world finals with the previous three appearances being at the 1999 event in Marseille (France) where each team failed to qualify for the Main Draw.  Van Walle started playing on the World Tour in 2010 with Koekelkoren’s first FIVB event being in 2013.  The team’s best FIVB World Tour finishes are fifths at a 2016 stop in Turkey (Antalya) and 2017 in China (Xiamen).  In a 2017 European tour event in Austria, Koekelkoren and van Walle became the first men’s team from Belgium to win a CEV title.

Alison Cerutti/Bruno Oscar Schmidt - Brazil

The reigning Olympic and FIVB world champions, Alison and Bruno will be seeking to become the first men’s team to win back-to-back world titles.  Alison has participated in the last four world championships, including a second in 2009 with Harley Marques at Stavanger, and a first (2011 Rome) and fourth (2013 Stare Jablonki) with Emanuel Rego.  Prior to the 2015 title, Bruno had placed 17th, ninth and fifth in his first three world championships with three different partners.  Two-time SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals winners, Alison and Bruno began their partnership in 2014.  Starting with their gold medal finish at the 2015 FIVB World Championships, Alison and Bruno topped an international podium in five of their next six events.  Highlighting Alison and Bruno’s partnership was the gold medal win at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where the Brazilians defeated Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai of Italy for the crown.

Saymon Barbosa/Alvaro Filho - Brazil

A new team on the international Beach Volleyball, Saymon and Alvaro qualified for the FIVB World Championships via their international ranking as the Brazilians captured the 2017 season-opening event in the United States at the Fort Lauderdale Major in south Florida.  While Saymon will be competing in his first FIVB World Championships, Alvaro placed second in 2013 with Ricardo Santos at Stare Jablonki and fifth in 2015 with Vitor Felipe at The Netherlands competition.  Saymon started his FIVB career with 2005 world champion Marcio Araujo in 2015.  Before teaming with Alvaro, Saymon netted a FIVB World Tour title with Gustavo "Guto" Carvalhaes at a 2016 stop in the United States at Cincinnati.  Alvaro started playing on the FIVB World Tour in 2011 and captured gold medals with Ricardo (2013 Gstaad) and Pedro Solberg (2014 Stare Jablonki).

Evandro Goncalves/Andre Loyola - Brazil

After winning three FIVB World Tour gold medals with Pedro Solberg during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Evandro split with his Rio 2016 Olympic partner and started this season with Andre Loyola as the pair finished second in their first event together this past February at the Fort Lauderdale Major in the United States.  Qualifying for the 2017 FIVB World Champions due to their world ranking, Evandro will be playing in his third world finals while it will be Andre’s first.  After placing fifth at the 2013 FIVB World Championships with Vitor Felipe, Evandro and Pedro netted the bronze medal at the 2015 world finals in The Hague.  Evandro made his FIVB World Tour in 2011 and Andre in 2014.  Andre and Oscar Brandao teamed to capture a 2016 FIVB “open” event in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Gustavo "Guto" Carvalhaes/Pedro Solberg - Brazil

The fourth Brazilian pair to qualify for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via their international ranking, Guto and Solberg are competing together internationally for the first-time this season.  While Pedro has completed in the previous five world championships with five different partners highlighted by a 2015 bronze medal finish with Evandro Goncalves, Guto, who started playing on the FIVB World Tour in 2014, will be participating in his first world finals.  Solberg started playing in FIVB-sanctioned events since 2002 and has a combined 20 international gold medals, including three at youth world championships and 17 on the World Tour.  The FIVB’s 2016 rookie-of-the-year, Guto also has a youth world championship gold medal along with a world tour title.

Ben Saxton/Chaim Schalk - Canada

As a qualifier for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via their international rankings, Saxton and Schalk have placed fifth and 17th in their previous two world finals.  Saxton, who also competed in the Rome 2011 world championships, started competing in FIVB-sanctioned events in 2005 as a 16-year old with his first World Tour event being in 2007.  Schalk’s first FIVB event was 2010 with his current partnership starting in 2013 after Saxton missed qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games with Christian Redman.  As one of six teams in the 2017 world championships with 50 or more FIVB World Tour events to their credit, Saxton and Schalk placed ninth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after participating in the so-called “toughest” pool in the Copacabana Summer Games with pairs from Brazil, Cuba and Latvia.  While the Canadians have not won a FIVB World Tour event together, Saxton and Schalk have netted two NORCECA gold medals.

Sam Pedlow/Sam Schachter - Canada

With the retirement of his Rio 2016 Olympic partner Josh Binstock following last September’s SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals, Schachter formed a new partnership with Pedlow and the pair qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via their international ranking points.  With the Canadians earning a second men’s berth in the Rio Olympics via FIVB World Cup qualification, Schachter and Binstock defeated Pedlow and Grant O’Gorman in a playoff for a Copacabana spot in the 2016 Summer Games.  While Pedlow will be playing in his first world championships, Schachter placed ninth at the 2015 world finals in The Netherlands.  Pedlow started playing on the FIVB World Tour in 2011 with career best finishes of fifths.  A 2010 FIVB under-21 world champion with Garrett May, Schachter debuted on the FIVB World Tour in 2011 and captured one title (2014 Paraná, Argentina) and appeared in four finals with Binstock.

Aaron Nusbaum/Ryan Vandenburg - Canada

The pair qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the NORCECA continental qualifying rounds.  Despite no playing experience together on the FIVB World Tour, Nusbaum and Vanderburg have posted two fourths, a fifth and seventh on the NORCECA circuit.  With both players competing in the FIVB World Championships for the first-time, Nusbaum, who played in his first world tour event in 2011 like Vandenburg, captured the bronze medal at the 2011 FIVB under-19 World Championships with Grant O’Gorman.

Esteban Grimalt/Marco Grimalt - Chile

The cousins qualified for their third-straight FIVB World Championships via the FIVB World Tour ranking process.  The Grimalts posted a 33rd at the 2013 FIVB World Championships followed by a 17th in 2015 in The Netherlands.  As one of eight men’s team in the 2017 event with 40 or more participations on the FIVB World Tour, the Grimalts have advanced to gold medal matches twice before losing in the 2014 finals at Paraná (Argentina) and Mangaung (South Africa).  The cousins have also represented Chile in two PanAm Games highlighted by a fourth-place finish in the 2015 Toronto competition where the Grimalts lost “final four” matches to Rio Olympic pairs Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen of Mexico and Nivaldo Diaz/Sergio Gonzalez of Cuba.

Nivaldo Diaz/Sergio Gonzalez - Cuba

The “most talked” about team at both the 2015 FIVB World Championships and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Diaz and Gonzalez earned a spot in the 2017 worlds via the FIVB World Tour ranking process.  The Cubans, who are playing full-time on the FIVB World Tour for the first-time this year with a gold medal in Malaysia, captured their Olympic Copacabana pool by defeating higher-seeded pairs from Brazil, Canada and Latvia enroute to a fifth-place finish.  Competing mostly on the NORCECA circuit, Diaz and Gonzalez have compiled eight titles in 12 confederation starts the past three seasons.  The Cubans placed third at the Toronto 2015 PanAm Games where Diaz and Gonzalez defeated the Grimalt cousins of Chile for the bronze medal.

Karell Pina/Daisel Quesada - Cuba

In playing in their first-ever FIVB World Tour event, Pina and Quesada qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the NORCECA continental qualifying rounds.  Since June 2015, Pina and Quesada have won four of the seven NORCECA tour events they have entered, including two in 2017.

Markus Bockermann/Lars Fluggen - Germany

As qualifiers via European continental process, both Bockermann and Fluggen will be playing in their first FIVB World Championships.  As Germany’s lone men’s entry in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Bockermann and Fluggen placed 19th in the Copacabana competition.  Bockermann first appeared on the FIVB World Tour in 2008 with Fluggen’s first match on the international circuit being in 2013.  Since April 2016, Fluggen has been hampered with knee problems that forced him to miss two FIVB World Tour events with Bockermann along with forfeiting four matches during competition.  A gold medal in Fuzhou (China) at the start of the 2015 season helped launch the Germans’ bid for an Olympic berth as the pair ended the season with back-to-back silver medal finishes in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) and China (Xiamen).  Bockermann and Fluggen also won a FIVB gold medal at a 2016 stop in Qatar.

Luis Garcia/Andy Leonardo - Guatemala

The pair qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the NORCECA continental qualifying rounds.  Garcia and Leonardo will be the second team from Guatemala to compete in the FIVB World Championships following an appearance by Majo and Maria Orellana in the 2015 worlds where the women’s team placed 37th.  After placing 16th in the Toronto 2015 PanAm Games with Julio Recinos, Garcia started playing with Leonardo in NORCECA events with their best finish being a 2015 second in Saint Lucia and a 2016 third in Costa Rica.  Neither player has a match on the FIVB World Tour with Leonardo starting to play at continental tour in 2010 and Garcia in 2012.

Mohammad Ashfiya/Ade Rachmawan - Indonesia

In playing in their first-ever FIVB World Tour event, the Indonesian pair qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the Asian continental qualifying rounds.  The 2017 FIVB World Championships will be Ashfiya and Rachmawan’s first-ever appearance in a FIVB World Tour event.  The pair has posted two seconds and a third on the 2017 Asian circuit.  While Rachmawan started playing on the Asian tour in 2012, Ashfiya began playing in 2013 when he teamed with Rendy Verdian to win the confederations under-21 title.  Ashfiya and Verdian also placed 17th at the 2013 FIVB under-19 World Championships before winning five of seven matches at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games to place ninth.

Rahman Raoufi/Bahman Salemiinjehboroun - Iran

In becoming the first Iranian pair to compete in the FIVB World Championships, Raoufi and Salemiinjehboroun qualified for the event via the Asian continental rounds.  Raoufi and Salemiinjehboroun have been competing together on the Asian circuit since 2014 with three event wins to their credit, including a first-place this season in mid-April at the Asian Men's Beach volleyball championship in Thailand.  While Salemiinjehboroun started playing internationally in 2013, Raoufi’s first appearance was in 2010 when he and Reza Assari Naeini finished fifth at a FIVB challenger stop in India.

Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai - Italy

As one of the more experienced pairs at the 2017 FIVB World Championships, Lupo and Nicolai will be looking to validate their silver medal finish at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games with a high placement in Vienna.  Qualifying via their international ranking, Lupo and Nicolai have placed ninth and 17th in their previous two appearances in the world championships.  This year’s event marks Nicolai’s fifth-straight appearance in the worlds while Lupo will be playing in his fourth.  Nicolai’s international career started by placing on the podium at three of four starts in FIVB youth world championships as he captured the under-21 gold medal twice with Francesco Giontella in 2007 and 2008.  Nicolai debuted on the FIVB World Tour in 2008 with Lupo’s initial start in 2010.  The Italians have captured three FIVB World Tour titles, including 2014 back-to-back tournament wins in China (Fuzhou and Shanghai).

Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri - Italy

Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri, Italy - As qualifiers via their international ranking, Carambula and Ranghieri will be competing in their first-ever FIVB World Championships as both an individual and team.  Ninth-place finishers at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where they were eliminated by compatriots Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai, Carambula and Ranghieri have won two FIVB World Tour events (Turkey 2015 and Qatar 2016) since forming their partnership in 2015.  Ranghieri’s first FIVB events were in 2011 while Carambula started in 2015 and ended that season as the international circuit’s rookie-of-the-year.  Starting in 2007 through the 2014 season, Carambula competed on the American domestic tour with his final two appearances in 2014 resulting in third-place finishes with Stafford Slick.  Nine months later, Carambula netted his first FIVB medal as he and Ranghieri placed third in Croatia.

Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Janis Smedins - Latvia

The Latvian Olympians are playing in only their second FIVB World Championships after qualifying for Vienna via the FIVB World Tour ranking.  After the team placed ninth in 2013 at the Polish worlds, Smedins was sidelined with a knee injury in 2015 and Samoilovs teamed with his former partner Martin Plavins to place 17th.  While Samoilovs is playing in his sixth world championships, Smedins is competing in his second as he Plavins placed fourth in the Rome 2011 world championships.  A three-time Olympian, Samoilovs teamed with Plavins to win the 2015 FIVB under-21 world championships in Rio de Janeiro.  Samoilovs started playing full-time on the FIVB World Tour in 2006 with Plavins as the pair qualified for the Beijing 2008 Olympics and eventually placed ninth.  Smedins’ first FIVB World Tour event was in 2005 and he started playing with Plavins in 2009 as the partnership produced a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Samoilovs and Smedins were the top team on the international circuit for the 2013 and 2014 season as the partnership has netted nine FIVB World Tour gold medals.

Martins Plavins/Haralds Regza - Latvia

In qualifying for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via their international ranking, Plavins will be playing in his sixth-straight worlds while Regza will be appearing for the first-time.  After placing fourth at the 2011 Worlds in Rome with Janis Smedins, the Latvians validated that finish with a bronze medal placement at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Plavins teamed with Aleksandrs Samoilovs to win the 2015 FIVB under-21 world championships in Rio de Janeiro.  While Plavins started playing on the FIVB World Tour in 2005, Regza’s first event was in 2012.  Plavins and Regza topped the podium at the inaugural European Games in 2016 at Baku, Azerbaijan.

Rihards Finsters/Edgars Tocs - Latvia

As the third Latvian team in the 2017 FIVB World Championships, Finsters and Tocs qualified for the event via the European continental qualifying rounds.  The Vienna appearance will mark Finsters and Tocs first-ever participation in the world championships.  The 2015 FIVB World Tour campaign marked Finsters and Tocs’ first full-season of international play.  Finsters’ first FIVB event was at the under-21 world championships where he and Aleksandrs Solovejs placed fourth.  Tocs played in one FIVB World Tour event during the 2012 and 2015 season before initiating full-time status in 2016.

Lombardo Ontiveros/Juan Virgen - Mexico

Qualifying for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via their international ranking, the Mexicans will be seeking to better their previous two finishes in the event after placing 17th in 2013 and ninth in 2015.  Ninth-place finishers at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games where they defeated eventual Copacabana silver medal winners Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai of Italy in pool play, Ontiveros and Virgen topped the podium at the Toronto 2015 PanAm Games.  One of the more experienced teams in the world championships, the Mexicans have also won 11 NORCECA gold medals in 22 events since 2012.  Ontiveros began playing on the FIVB World Tour in 2005 and Virgen made his debut the following season.

Mohamed Abicha/Zouheir Elgraoui - Morocco

The pair qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the African continental qualifying rounds.  Abicha and Elgraoui will be the second team from Morocco to compete in the FIVB World Championships following an appearance by Ikram Ettayfi and Mahassine Siad in the 2015 worlds where the women’s team placed 37th.  Abicha and Elgraoui advanced to the final round of Continental Cup for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games before being eliminated in pool play.

Aldevino Nguvo/Justino Tovela - Mozambique

The pair qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the African continental qualifying rounds.  Nguvo and Tovela will be the first men’s team from Mozambique to compete in the FIVB World Championships.  Nguvo has appeared in three FIVB events in his career and Tovela one.

Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen - Netherlands

The 2013 FIVB world champions and bronze medal winners at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Brouwer and Meeuwsen qualified for the 2017 worlds via their international ranking.  The pair will be seeking to reverse their placement in the 2015 worlds in their home country as the Dutchmen placed 17th.  As one of four teams in the 2017 FIVB World Championships with at least 60 FIVB World Tour starts, have been playing together internationally since the 2011 campaign.  Brouwer and Meeuwsen, who started playing in FIVB events in 2006 and 2007, respectively, have posted World Tour gold medal finishes in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Maarten van Garderen/Christiaan Varenhorst - Netherlands

A new team on the FIVB World Tour, van Garderen and Varenhorst were granted one of the three “wild cards” for the 2017 FIVB World Championships.  While van Garderen will be playing in his first world championships, Varenhorst placed second in the 2015 in The Hague with Reinder Nummerdor.  Varenhorst also placed 17th in the 2013 worlds in Poland with Daan Spijkers.  Varenhorst and Alexander Brouwer placed second at the 2008 FIVB under-21 World Championships.  A member of the Dutch national indoor Volleyball team for four seasons (2013-2016), van Garderen is competing on the FIVB World Tour for the first-time.  During the first full week of July, Varnhorst and van Garderen captured the gold medal at the European challenger/satellite event in Kharkiv, Ukraine.  Varenhorst, the World Tour’s top hitter in 2015, played in his first FIVB event in 2007 and started competing on the senior circuit in 2009.

Roger Battilana/Gregorio Godoy - Paraguay

Battilana and Godoy qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the South American continental qualifying rounds.  Prior to 2017, the pair has not competed in FIVB World Tour events.  Battilana and Godoy have participated in eight South American events the past two season with fifths as their best finishes.

Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak - Poland

Qualifying for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via their international ranking, Kantor and Losiak will be competing in their first “senior” worlds after collecting three youth world titles in 2010 (under-19), 2012 (under-21) and 2013 (under-23).  The Poles also won four European youth continental Beach Volleyball gold medals.  Despite each being 25, Kantor and Losiak rank as the second-most experienced team in the world championships in terms of FIVB World Tour participations.  Kantor and Losiak competed in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and placed 17th with their last two setbacks to medal winning teams on Copacabana - Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen of The Netherlands (bronze) and Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai of Italy (silver).

Michal Bryl/Grzegorz Fijalek - Poland

After competing for nine seasons in 86 FIVB World Tour events (one gold medal, 10 podium placements and 16 “final four” finishes), including two Olympic appearances, with Mariusz Prudel, Fijalek split with his longtime partner for the 2017 season.  Fijalek and the 22-year old Bryl secured their 2017 FIVB World Championship berth via their international rankings.  Bryl will be competing in his first world championship while the 30-year old Fijalek placed fifth, 17th and 17th in the last three worlds with Prudel.  Bryl teamed with Kacper Kujawiak, Prudel’s new partner, to win FIVB youth world titles in 2012 (under 19) and 2014 (under 21).  Before placing 17th at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Fijalek and Prudel finished fifth in the London 2012 Summer Games where the Poles were eliminated in three sets by eventual silver medal winners Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego.

Kacper Kujawiak/Mariusz Prudel - Poland

The 31-year Prudel is tutoring 23-year old Kujawiak as the new Polish pair secured a spot in the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the European continental qualifying process.  Prudel played the previous nine seasons on the FIVB World Tour with Grzegorz Fijalek.  During their partnership, Prudel and Fijalek placed fifth, 17th and 17th in the last three world championships.  Prudel and Fijalek, who competed in 86 FIVB World Tour events with a gold medal, 10 podium placements and 16 “final four” finishes, placed fifth and 17th in their two Olympic appearances.  Kujawiak, who will be competing in his first world championship, teamed with Fijalek’s new partner Michal Bryl to win FIVB youth world titles in 2012 (under 19) and 2014 (under 21).  

Jefferson Santos Pereira/Cherif Younousse - Qatar

Jefferson and Cherif, who gained a spot in the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the Asian continental qualifying process, were the “surprise” team in the 2015 event in The Netherlands as the pair placed fifth in the competition after being seeded 27th.  During 2015 pool play, Jefferson and Cherif dropped a three-set to eventual champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt of Brazil.  Winners of a 2016 FIVB World Tour event on Kish Island in Iran, Jefferson and Cherif have 10 other titles to their credit the last two-plus seasons.  The Qatar pair placed ninth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, including a pool play victory over Adrian Gavira and Pablo Herrera of Spain.

Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Nikita Liamin - Russia

After posting “impressive” finishes in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with different partners, Krasilnikov and Liamin are together for the 2017 season and qualified for the FIVB World Championships via their international ranking.  Krasilnikov and Konstantin Semenov placed fourth at the Rio Summer Games while Liamin and Dmitri Barsouk finished fifth as both Russian pairs were eliminated from gold medal contention by Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai of Italy.  While Liamin will be playing in his first world championship with the 2017 season being his third on the FIVB World Tour, Krasilnikov and Semenov placed ninth in the 2015 worlds.  The “new” partnership is paying dividends as Krasilnikov and Liamin have secured FIVB gold medals earlier this season on Kish Island in Iran and at a stop in The Hague.  The pair also dropped a three-set gold medal match to Americans Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena at the end of May in Moscow.

Oleg Stoyanovskiy/Artem Yarzutkin - Russia

With the retirement of Konstantin Semenov, Stoyanovskiy and Yarzutkin are the most-experienced Russian pair on the FIVB World Tour.  Qualifying for Vienna due to their international ranking, the 20-year old Stoyanovskiy and the 21-year old Yarzutkin will be competing in their first FIVB World Championships after playing in four youth worlds and the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China were the Russians topped the podium.  Despite their age, Stoyanovskiy and Yarzutkin have reached a FIVB World Tour podium in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons highlighted by a bronze medal finish in Moscow earlier this year where the youngsters defeated three teams from Latvia, The Netherlands and Spain that competed in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Abubakarr Kamara/Lombie Patrick - Sierra Leone

The pair qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the African continental qualifying rounds.  Kamara and Patrick will be the first men’s or women’s team from Sierra Leone to compete in the FIVB World Championships.  Kamara and Patrick placed 25th at both the 2015 and 2016 FIVB under-21 World Championships.

Jamaine Naidoo/Leo Williams - South Africa

Naidoo and Williams qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the African continental qualifying rounds.  The 2017 season is the first international Beach Volleyball campaign for the team as Naidoo and Williams placed ninth early this season in Malaysia.  While Naidoo will be competing in his first world championship, Williams placed 37th with Grant Goldschmidt in 2015 at The Hague.

Adrian Gavira/Pablo Herrera - Spain

Currently the most “experienced” tandem in the FIVB World Tour, Gavira and Herrera qualified for their fifth-straight FIVB World Championships via the international ranking process.  Prior to placing 17th at the 2015 worlds in The Netherlands, the Spaniards posted fifths in 2009, 2011 and 2013.  A four-time Olympian and silver medal winner with Javier Bosma at the Athens 2004 Summer Games, Herrera has appeared regularly in the World Championships since 2003.  Since forming their partnership in 2009, Gavira and Herrera have captured two FIVB World Tour gold medals with 15 podium placements.  A 2002 FIVB under-21 world champion with Raul Mesa, Herrera played in his first world tour event in 2001.  Gavira, who collected two FIVB youth world championship silver medals, played in his first world tour event in 2007.

Marlon Phillip/Daneil Williams - Trinidad & Tobago

After qualifying for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the NORCECA continental qualifying rounds, Phillip and Williams will be the first men’s or women’s team from Trinidad & Tobago to compete in the event.  While the pair has not competed on the FIVB World Tour, Phillip and Williams have posted two sevenths and two 11ths on the NORCECA circuit the past two seasons.

Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena - USA

As the top American pair on the FIVB World Tour, Dalhausser and Lucena qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the international ranking list.  Dalhausser played in five-straight world championships before missing the 2015 event due to injury.  Dalhausser and Todd Rogers topped the world championship podium in 2007 and netted the bronze medal in 2009.  Lucena will be playing with his fifth different partner in the world championships with his best placement being a fourth in 2015 with Theo Brunner.  Dalhausser is a three-time Olympian and captured the gold medal with Rogers at the Beijing 2008 Summer Games.  After starting the Rio Olympic process with Sean Rosenthal, Dalhausser switched to Lucena and the pair placed fifth in the Copacabana Summer Games after losing in the quarter-finals to eventual champions Alison Cerutti and Bruno Oscar Schmidt.  Both players started playing on the FIVB World Tour in 2005 with Dalhausser joining forces with Rogers in 2006 to start a seven-year run together.  Only legendary Brazilians Emanuel Rego (77) and Ricardo Santos (56) have won for FIVB gold medals than Dalhausser (35, including six with Lucena).

Theo Brunner/Casey Patterson - USA

Qualifying for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via their international ranking, Brunner and Patterson are playing together for the first-time this season.  A Rio 2016 Olympian, Patterson placed 17th and fifth in his first two world championships with Gibb in 2013 and 2015 respectively.  Brunner placed fourth at the 2015 worlds with Nick Lucena.  Patterson started playing internationally in 2011 and teamed with Gibb to win two FIVB events along with gaining a spot in the Rio Summer Games.  Brunner joined the FIVB World Tour in 2013 and earned his first medal with Todd Rogers in 2014.

Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb - USA

Gibb will be competing in his seventh-straight FIVB World Championships with his fourth partner as the three-time Olympian is playing with “new” partner Taylor Crabb, who will be competing in the event for the first-time.  Qualifying via the FIVB World Tour ranking, Gibb is seeking to reach the world championship “final four” for the first-time after finishing fifth twice with Sean Rosenthal (2007 and 2009) and once with Casey Patterson (2015).  The 41-year old Gibb has been playing on the FIVB World Tour since 2005 when he was named the circuit’s rookie-of-the year.  In 2012, Gibb and Rosenthal finished atop the FIVB points standings.  Crabb joined the international tour in 2015 and has posted his best FIVB finishes (fifths in 2017) with Gibb. 

Ryan Doherty/John Hyden - USA

With Tri Bourne sidelined with health issues for the 2017 season, the 44-year old Hyden is teaming with the seven-foot Doherty as the pair used a fourth-place finish in the season’s first event in the United States at the Fort Lauderdale Major to help secure a spot in the FIVB World Championships.  Both players will be competing in their third world championships as Doherty has a pair of 17ths with Todd Rogers (2013) and John Mayer (2015) while Hyden has posted a 33rd (2013 with Nick Lucena) and a fifth (2015 with Bourne.  While the 33-year old Doherty has played on the FIVB World Tour for the last four-plus seasons with two medals, Hyden’s footnote includes his Berlin 2014 win with Bourne to become the oldest player to win an international Beach Volleyball event.

Marco Cairus/Mauricio Vieyto - Uruguay

The pair qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the South American continental qualifying rounds.  Cairus and Vieyto will be the first men’s team from Uruguay to compete in the FIVB World Championships.  Although neither player has participated in FIVB World Tour events, Cairus and Vieyto placed fifth at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China and ninth at the 2016 FIVB under-21 World Championships.  Earlier this season, Cairus and Vieyto posted three fourths and a fifth in South American continental events.

Jhonatan Golindano/Carlos Rangel - Venezuela

Golindano and Rangel qualified for the 2017 FIVB World Championships via the South American continental qualifying rounds.  Both players will be competing in their first FIVB World Championships with the pair teaming for a 2014 World Tour event in Argentina where Golindano and Rangel placed ninth.  Earlier in the 2017 season, the Venezuelans placed fourth, first and fifth in South American continental events.

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