Seven FIVB Heroes in four teams are ready to fight for the medals and delight the Czech crowd with spectacular hits, digs and blocks. It’s the fourth edition of the Prague Open and our Heroes will have to play hard, as many teams still fight for the few remaining ranking points that may send them to the Olympics.
Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser are seeded as number one and favourites for overall victory as usual. The Americans have already won two gold medals this season and aren’t about to loosen the reins anytime soon. They also have an old score to settle, as a silver medal at last year’s Prague Open put an end to their winning streak of seven titles in a row. This defeat in last year’s final came at the hands of Brazilians Emanuel Rego and Alison Cerutti. Ending Todd’s and Phil’s streak, they started one themselves and won three events in a row, including the World Championships. After a somewhat slow start to the season due to an injury sustained by Alison, they have found their rhythm again and won their first medal two weeks ago in Beijing.
Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira are the third team of FIVB Heroes in this competition. The Spaniards are always contenders for a podium finish and have already proved it this year. In Myslowice they captured a third place, their best result this season so far.
Finally, another one of our Heroes will stage his comeback in Prague: indoor volleyball star Matteo Martino uses his free time after a tough season to make his appearance on the beach. He will try to make his way through the qualification in the main draw with his partner Andrea Tomatis.
Will one of our Heroes be able to pull through in the final on Sunday? Follow your FIVB Heroes at www.FIVBheroes.com to find out!