Rio de Janeiro, August 8, 2016 - Italy's Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri will try to sky ball their way over Josh Binstock/Sam Schachter of Canada in a pool A match on day three. The Italians are looking for their second win while the Canadians are looking for their first victory in the pool.
Head to Head
Carambula/Ranghieri have won three of the five meetins against Binstock/Schachter on the FIVB World Tour, dating back to 2015. The Canadians won in three sets in the first meeting in pool play at the Moscow Grand Slam in May, 2015 followed by a round of 16 straight set win by the Italians in the Gstaad Major in July, 2015. In 2016, the Canadians again won the first match in pool play in three sets at the Maceió Open in February. Carambula/Ranghieri have won the last two meetings, in straight sets in pool pay at the Rio de Janeiro Grand Slam in March and then in three sets in the round of 24 at the Moscow Grand Slam in May.
Historically the #12 seed has won two of the three matches against the #24 in the Olympic Games, all in pool play. The higher seed has won at the last two Olympics, London (2012) and Beijing (2008) in straight sets, while the lower seed pulled the upset in Athens (2004) in three sets, 14-21, 21-15, 16-14.
Adrian Carambula/Alex Ranghieri, Italy, Seed #12, Pool A, 1-0, MAX Set Ratio, 1.5556 Point Ratio, Qualified 12th with 5,090 Points in the 2015-16 Olympic qualification period
• Adrian: March 16, 1988 (28y4m21d), 183 cm (6'0"), 84 kg (186 lbs.), Hometown: Montevideo, Uruguay, 22nd FIVB World Tour event, two gold medals, $96,250 career winnings
• Alex: June 18, 1987 (29y1m19d), 198 cm (6'6"), 88 kg (195 lbs.), Hometown: Pordenone, 48th FIVB World Tour event, three gold medals, $151,800 career winnings
• Adrian and Alex have been playing together since 2015. They are playing in their 22nd FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament together, $192,500 career winnings (ranks 100th).
• Adrian has played in six FIVB World Tour final fours with two gold medals, one bronze medal and three 4th place finishes.
• Alex has played in eight FIVB World Tour final fours with three gold medals, one bronze medal and four 4th place finishes.
• Adrian and Alex have played in six Final Fours in 2015-2016 (Bronze Porec Major 2015, 4th Gstaad Major 2015, Gold Antalya Open 2016, 4th Vitória Open 2016, Gold Doha Open 2016, 4th Sochi Open 2016).
• Adrian and Alex are currently ranked 3rd in FIVB World Tour points in 2016 with 5,060 points and 11th in winnings with $112,500.
• Adrian and Alex have a career 79-39 (66.9%) match record in FIVB World Tour Events, all in 2015-16.
• Adrian and Alex won the silver medal at the 2015 European (CEV) Continental Championships in 2015 (Klagenfurt, Austria).
• Adrian and Alex won a gold medal on the CEV Continental Tour in 2015 (Milan, Italy).
• Adrian was named the FIVB World Tour Top Rookie in 2015.
• Defeated Clemens Doppler / Alexander Horst, Austria (13), 21-14 and 21-13 in 37 minutes
Josh Binstock/Sam Schachter, Canada, Seed #24, Pool A, 0-1, 0.000 Set Ratio, 0.9070 Point Ratio, Qualified from Continental Cup Finals
• Josh: January 12, 1981 (35y6m25d), 196 cm (6'5"), 98 kg (218 lbs.), Hometown Toronto, 72nd FIVB World Tour event, $114,312 career winnings.
• Sam: May 8, 1990 (26y2m29d), 198 cm (6'6"), 86 kg (191 lbs.), Hometown Richmond Hill, 45th FIVB World Tour event, $108,437 career winnings.
• Josh and Sam have been playing together since 2013. They are playing in their 31st FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour tournament together, one gold medal, 206,125 career winnings (ranks 93rd).
• Josh has played in five FIVB World Tour final fours with one gold medal, three silver medals and one 4th place finish.
• Sam has played in five FIVB World Tour final fours with one gold, three silver medals and one 4th place finish.
• Josh and Sam have played in two Final Fours in 2015-2016 (Silver Porec Major Series 2015, Silver Cincinnati Open 2016).
• Josh finished 17th in the Olympic Games with Martin Reader in 2012 (London).
• Josh and Sam finished 9th in the FIVB World Championships in 2015 (The Hague).
• Josh and Sam are currently ranked 23rd in FIVB World Tour points in 2016 with 3,010 points and 24th in winnings with $47,750.
• Josh and Sam have a career 75-65 (53.6%) match record in FIVB World Tour Events and a 51-55 (48.1%) record in 2015-16.
• Josh and Sam won a gold medal on the NORCECA Continental Tour in 2014 (Toronto, Canada) along with two other silver medals and one bronze medal in 2013-14.
• Josh won a gold medal on the NORCECA Continental Tour with Rich VanHuizen in 2011 (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) along with three other silver medals and two bronze medals with Matt Zbyszewski, Andrew Hinchey, and Martin Reader from 2009-12.
• Sam won a silver medal on the NORCECA Continental Tour with Maverick Hatch in 2012.
• Sam won the gold medal at the U21 World Championships with Garrett May in 2010 (Alanya, Turkey).
• Two weeks after missing qualifying for the Rio Olympics by two spots via the FIVB World Tour, Josh and Sam teamed with Grant O’Gorman/Sam Pedlow to net Canada second men’s berth in Rio by winning a spot in the Continental Cup Finals in Sochi, Russia. After placing second to Cuba in the NORCECA competition, they combined to post a 5-0 record in Sochi with wins over Morocco, Kazakhstan, Venezuela and Russia in pool play, and Venezuela in the semi-finals. To determine who was to play in Rio, Josh and Sam defeated O’Gorman and Pedlow in three sets at North Bay for the Copacabana spot.
• Lost to Alison Cerutti / Bruno Oscar Schmidt, Brazil (1), 19-21 and 20-22 in 43 minutes.