Saturday, 13 Jul 2024

2023 Beach Pro Tour – Challenge Espinho

The 2023 Beach Pro Tour – Challenge Espinho was an exciting event that showcased the talent and skill of beach volleyball players from around the world. In this article, we will highlight the achievements of the U.S. teams and provide a breakdown of the results.

U.S. Teams

Men

  • Tim Brewster/Kyle Friend
  • Evan Cory/Troy Field
  • Miles Evans/Chase Budinger
  • Chaim Schalk/Tri Bourne
  • Trevor Crabb/Theo Brunner
  • Taylor Crabb/Taylor Sander

Women

  • Brook Bauer/Katie Horton
  • Zana Muno/Deahna Kraft
  • Megan Kraft/Emily Stockman
  • Corinne Quiggle/Sarah Murphy
  • Savvy Simo/Toni Rodriguez
  • Julia Scoles/Betsi Flint

Results

The women’s qualification preliminary phase saw impressive performances from Muno/Kraft as they defeated Gutierrez/Flores from Mexico with a score of 2-0 (21-14, 21-17). Kraft/Stockman also showcased their skills by defeating Charanrutwadee/Woranatchayakorn from Thailand with a score of 21-9, 21-11. Simo/Rodriguez emerged victorious against Coelho/Maia from Portugal with a score of 2-0 (21-13, 21-17). However, Bauer/Horton faced tough competition and were defeated by Klinger/Klinger from Austria with a score of 2-1 (21-16, 13-21, 15-13).

In the qualification second round, Muno/Kraft faced a setback as they were defeated by Liliana/Paula from Spain with a score of 2-0 (21-15, 21-14). Simo/Rodriguez also faced a tough match against Pavan/McBain from Canada and were defeated with a score of 2-1 (13-21, 22-20, 15-12). On the other hand, Kraft/Stockman showcased their determination and defeated Schutzenhofer/Friedl from Austria with a score of 2-0 (21-18, 21-9).

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In Pool C, Scoles/Flint displayed their skills by defeating Liliana/Paula from Spain with a score of 2-0 (21-13, 21-19). They continued their winning streak by defeating Agatha/Rebecca from Brazil with a score of 2-0 (21-17, 21-18).

In Pool F, Kraft/Stockman continued their impressive performance by defeating Pinheiro/Castro from Portugal with a score of 2-0 (21-11, 21-17). They faced a tougher challenge against Alvarez/Moreno from Spain but emerged triumphant with a score of 2-1 (21-10, 16-21, 16-14).

Moving to the round of 16, Kraft/Stockman faced a thrilling match against Paulikien/Raupelyte from Lithuania, eventually winning with a score of 2-1 (24-22, 12-21, 15-11). However, Scoles/Flint were defeated by Xue/Xia from China with a score of 2-0 (21-14, 21-17).

In the quarterfinals, Kraft/Stockman faced a tough challenge against Xue/Xia from China but unfortunately lost with a score of 2-1 (21-17, 18-21, 15-7).

In the men’s qualification preliminary phase, Cory/Field displayed their skills and defeated Bello/Bello from England with a score of 2-0 (21-17, 21-18). Crabb, Ta./Sander also showcased their talent by defeating Seidl/Pristauz from Austria with a score of 2-1 (39-37, 16-21, 19-17). Crabb, Tr./Brunner emerged victorious against Sebastiao/Ze Pedro from Portugal with a score of 2-0 (21-12, 21-16). However, Brewster/Friend faced a tough match against Aye/Aye from France and were defeated with a score of 2-0 (21-19, 21-18).

In the qualification second round, Cory/Field faced a challenging match against Stankevicius/Knasas from Lithuania and were narrowly defeated with a score of 2-1 (21-18, 24-26, 15-11). Crabb, Ta./Sander showcased their determination and defeated Cattet/Barthelemy from France with a score of 2-1 (18-21, 21-12, 15-9). Crabb, Tr./Brunner displayed their skills once again by defeating Ermacora/Waller from Austria with a score of 2-0 (21-13, 21-11).

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In Pool A, Crabb, Tr./Brunner showcased their dominance by defeating Varenhorst/Luini from the Netherlands with a score of 2-0 (22-20, 21-15). Crabb, Ta./Sander faced a challenging match against Hodges/Schubert from Australia but emerged victorious with a score of 2-1 (13-21, 21-19, 15-8). Crabb, Tr./Brunner continued their winning streak by defeating Varenhorst/Luini from the Netherlands once again with a score of 2-0 (22-20, 21-15). Crabb, Ta./Sander faced their teammates Crabb, Tr./Brunner and emerged victorious with a score of 2-0 (21-13, def.).

In Pool B, Schalk/Bourne displayed their skills by defeating Canet/Rotar from France with a score of 2-0 (21-16, 21-14). However, they faced tough competition from Mol/Bernsten from Norway and were defeated with a score of 2-1 (19-21, 21-11, 15-12).

In Pool D, Evans/Budinger showcased their talents by defeating Evandro/Arthur from Brazil with a score of 2-1 (19-21, 21-19, 15-9). They continued their winning streak by defeating Stankevicius/Knasas from Lithuania with a score of 2-0 (21-17, 21-16).

Moving to the round of 16, Schalk/Bourne faced a thrilling match against McHugh/Burnett from Australia and emerged victorious with a score of 2-1 (15-21, 21-17, 17-15). Crabb, Tr./Brunner displayed their skills once again by defeating Evans/Budinger with a score of 2-0 (21-17, 21-10). Unfortunately, Crabb, Ta./Sander were defeated by Popov/Reznik from Ukraine with a score of 2-1 (14-21, 21-18, 15-12).

In the quarterfinals, Crabb, Tr./Brunner faced a tough challenge against Herrera/Gavira from Spain but emerged victorious with a score of 2-0 (21-17, 23-21). On the other hand, Schalk/Bourne were defeated by Evandro/Arthur from Brazil with a score of 2-0 (21-14, 21-13).

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In the semifinals, Schalk/Bourne displayed their determination and defeated Evandro/Arthur from Brazil with a score of 2-1 (18-21, 21-15, 15-9).

The gold medal match was an intense battle, and Schalk/Bourne emerged as the champions by defeating Horl/Horst from Austria with a score of 2-0 (21-16, 21-17).

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Conclusion

The 2023 Beach Pro Tour – Challenge Espinho was a thrilling event filled with impressive performances from the participating teams. The U.S. teams showcased their talent and determination, with Schalk/Bourne emerging as the gold medal winners in the men’s category. It was an exhilarating tournament that truly highlighted the excitement and skill of beach volleyball.