Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbosa Silva

Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbosa Silva

Birth Date
01/01/0001
Birth Place
Unknown
Height
175 cm
Weight
78 kg

Looking back three years in time, it would be nearly impossible for anyone to imagine that Brazilians Ana Patricia Ramos and Rebecca Cavalcanti could get where they are right now.

From having appeared in only one FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event together to approaching their first Olympics, the Brazilians have been in excellent form since 2018 and quickly established their names among the elite of the sport.

Their union, however, could very well have never happened. At the end of 2016, Rebecca, 23, was already an important name on the Brazilian circuit after she finished second in the country’s national tour three years earlier and had won a pair of World Tour bronze medals with Lili Maestrini.

The prospect of playing with Ana Patricia, who was only 19 at the time, didn't seem that appealing. She had already won the Youth Olympics and the FIVB U-21 Beach Volleyball World Championships, but was still in just her third year as a beach volleyball player after transitioning from handball.

“To be honest, I didn’t want to play with her at the time,” Rebecca said. “I thought she was still way too raw and she didn’t have a lot of entry points, so it didn’t really look like a good option for me. It took our coaching staff a lot of work to convince me it was worth at least trying and after we had some good results early on, it all started making more sense to me.”

Rebecca surely doesn’t regret her decision now. Since the two joined forces to work under the guidance of legendary coach Reis Castro, the team just took off. Sure, it took them a year to celebrate their first victory, in March 2018, on the Brazilian Tour, but since then, they have really taken things to a new level.

In Brazil the pair have won as many as 11 gold medals and secured the season title in 2019-2020. Internationally, they have been in strong form since the end of 2018, winning gold medals in Qinzhou, The Hague and Xiamen and six other medals, including bronzes at the Gstaad Major and the FIVB World Tour Finals in 2019.

Rebecca and Ana Patricia after they won their first World Tour gold medal, in Qinzhou

The team that looks so united on the court is not as equal-minded when there’s not a volleyball and sand involved. Their differences, they say, are more of a strength than a weakness, however.

“I can’t explain how we get along so well because outside of the court we’re completely different,” the defender added. “From music to food or what we like to do during our time off, our tastes are very different. But I think the key for us has been to accept and respect each other, and make fun of our differences instead of trying to change or adapt to each other.”

Ana Patricia and Rebecca’s excellent performances over the last two years have put them very close to their dream of representing Brazil at the Tokyo Olympics. Even though the qualification process is still ongoing, the Brazilian Federation has already announced that they will be selected to represent the country in Japan sho

uld Brazil have two women’s berths secured at the deadline.

Currently ranked fourth in the FIVB World Rankings, they will carry a lot of expectations going into their first Olympics, but are determined to fight for gold. And after all they’ve accomplished recently, why shouldn’t they?

“When I think about the Olympics, all I feel is gratitude,” Ana Patricia commented. “When we started the quad, qualifying wasn’t among the goals we set. But things changed and it was a tough road, more so than anyone could have imagined. Right now, we’re very excited because we’ll have a chance to fulfil our dream and we’ll prepare in the best possible way for it.”

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Career

Season Date Type Tournament (country) Partners Rank Prize Money US$ Earned Points
1 2019 September 4 WTF Rome (World Tour Finals) (IT) Ana Patrícia 3 20,000.00 960
2 2019 August 14 WT4* Moscow (RU) Ana Patrícia 5 6,000.00 480
3 2019 July 30 WT5* Vienna (AT) Ana Patrícia 9 8,000.00 600
4 2019 July 24 WT4* Tokyo (JP) Ana Patrícia 9 4,000.00 400
5 2019 July 17 WT4* Espinho (PT) Ana Patrícia 3 10,000.00 640
6 2019 July 9 WT5* Gstaad (CH) Ana Patrícia 3 20,000.00 960
7 2019 June 28 WCH WCH Hamburg (DE) Ana Patrícia 9 11,000.00 800
8 2019 June 12 WT4* Warsaw (PL) Ana Patrícia 5 6,000.00 480
9 2019 May 29 WT4* Ostrava (CZ) Ana Patrícia 2 16,000.00 720
10 2019 May 22 WT4* Jinjiang (CN) Ana Patrícia 3 10,000.00 640
11 2019 May 15 WT4* Itapema (BR) Ana Patrícia 9 4,000.00 400
12 2019 April 24 WT4* Xiamen (CN) Ana Patrícia 1 20,000.00 800
13 2019 March 14 MULTI Rosario (Juegos Suramericano de Playa) (AR) Ana Patrícia 1 0.00 0
14 2019 January 2 WT4* The Hague (NL) Ana Patrícia 1 20,000.00 800
15 2018 October 17 WT4* Las Vegas (US) Ana Patrícia 4 8,000.00 560
16 2018 October 10 WT4* Yangzhou (CN) Ana Patrícia 2 16,000.00 720
17 2018 September 30 WT3* Qinzhou (CN) Ana Patrícia 1 10,000.00 600
18 2018 July 10 WT5* Gstaad (CH) 33 0.00 240
19 2018 July 4 WT4* Espinho (PT) Ana Patrícia 9 4,000.00 400
20 2018 May 16 WT4* Itapema (BR) 33 0.00 160
21 2018 February 27 WT5* Fort Lauderdale (US) -2 0.00 0
22 2018 February 16 CT ETAPA CSVP - Coquimbo (CL) Ana Patrícia 1 0.00 200
23 2018 January 19 CT ETAPA CSVP - Nova Viçosa (BR) Ana Patrícia 1 0.00 200
24 2017 May 31 WT3* Moscow (RU) Ana Patrícia 17 1,500.00 120
25 2017 May 12 CCH FINAL CSVP - Resistencia (AR) Ana Patrícia 1 0.00 600
26 2017 May 3 NT NITEROI (BR) Ana Patrícia 4 0.00 8
27 2017 April 5 NT VITORIA (BR) Ana Patrícia 2 0.00 16
28 2017 February 15 NT ARACAJU SE (BR) Ana Patrícia 5 0.00 4
29 2017 February 15 NT MACEIO (BR) Ana Patrícia 5 0.00 4
30 2017 February 10 CT ETAPA CSVP - Coquimbo (CL) Ana Patrícia 1 0.00 200
31 2017 January 25 NT JOAO PESSOA PB (BR) Ana Patrícia 5 0.00 4
32 2016 December 8 NT SAO JOSE/SE (BR) Juliana 1 0.00 16
33 2016 November 16 NT CURITIBA/PR (BR) Elize Maia 2 0.00 12
34 2016 October 27 NT UBERLANDIA/MG (BR) Elize Maia 2 0.00 12
35 2016 October 13 NT BRASILIA/DF (BR) Elize Maia 2 0.00 12
36 2016 September 22 NT CAMPO GRANDE/MS (BR) Carol 5 0.00 2
37 2016 May 5 NT JOAO PESSOA (BR) Lili 5 0.00 2
38 2016 April 28 OPEN Fortaleza (BR) Lili 3 6,000.00 400
39 2016 April 21 NT FORTALEZA (BR) Lili 4 0.00 4
40 2016 April 15 CT 7ª ETAPA CSVP - Asunción (PY) Neide 2 0.00 252
41 2016 March 15 OPEN Vitoria (BR) Neide 25 800.00 120
42 2016 February 18 NT NATAL (BR) 2 0.00 12
43 2015 March 5 NT Recife/pe (BR) 5 0.00 2
44 2015 February 13 CT CONTINENTAL TOUR (CL) Lili 3 0.00 224
45 2015 February 5 NT Joao Pessoa/pb (BR) 5 0.00 2
46 2015 January 22 NT Fortaleza/ce (BR) 5 0.00 2
47 2014 December 4 NT Porto Alegre/rs (BR) 5 0.00 2
48 2014 November 13 NT Sao Jose/sc (BR) 5 0.00 2
49 2014 October 28 OPEN Parana (AR) Lili 3 6,000.00 400
50 2014 October 16 NT Campinas/sp (BR) 5 0.00 2
51 2014 September 23 GS Sao Paulo / Women (BR) Lili 9 11,000.00 360
52 2014 September 18 NT Niteroi/rj (BR) 5 0.00 2
53 2013 May 17 CT CONTINENTAL TOUR (VE) 2 0.00 252
54 2013 March 22 CT CONTINENTAL TOUR (PY) 1 0.00 280
55 2013 March 1 CT CONTINENTAL TOUR (PE) 1 0.00 280
56 2012 August 29 JWC Halifax (CA) Drussyla 2 0.00 0
57 2011 August 31 JWC Halifax (CA) Carol Horta 9 0.00 0
58 2010 July 28 YWC Oporto (PT) Juliana Simões 4 0.00 0