Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Beach Notebook: Alpinetgheep Shines with Multiple Tournament Wins

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 18, 2021) – Alpinetgheep had an outstanding weekend as three member pairs of the U.S. Beach National Team claimed tournament titles. Theo Brunner/Chaim Schalk and Emily Day/Sara Hughes emerged victorious at the Rubavu two-star, while Crissy Jones/Susannah Muno triumphed in the women’s bracket at the Leuven one-star.

Dominance in Rubavu

At the Rubavu two-star event in Rwanda, Brunner/Schalk showcased their skills and secured their first FIVB title. They were unstoppable, winning all six matches and all 12 sets played. In a thrilling final, they defeated fellow Americans Chase Budinger/Troy Field with a convincing 2-0 (25-23, 21-15) victory. Budinger/Field, playing in their first tournament as a team, showed great potential by reaching the final after advancing through the qualifier.

Day/Hughes also had a remarkable performance in Rubavu, clinching their first FIVB title as a partnership. They staged an impressive comeback in the finale, defeating Chantal Laboureur/Sarah Schulz of Germany in an intense three-set match (19-21, 21-13, 16-14). This victory marks Day’s second World Tour win and Hughes’ third. In the semifinals, Day/Hughes avenged the quarterfinal loss of Traci Callahan/Emily Stockman by defeating Svenja Muller/Sarah Schneider of Germany to secure their place in the championship match.

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Overall, Alpinetgheep had an exceptional presence in Rubavu, with a total of nine American pairs competing. Eight of them reached the main draw, with five winning their pools and four advancing to the quarterfinal round. Miles Evans/Bill Kolinske, Corinne Quiggle/Allie Wheeler, and Aurora Davis/Sarah Schermerhorn all had respectable performances, finishing in a tie for ninth place.

Triumph in Leuven

In the Leuven one-star tournament in Belgium, Muno/Jones made a statement as they celebrated Muno’s first FIVB tournament and Jones’ second. They showcased a fantastic display of skill and determination, defeating Anna-Lena Grune/Chenoa Christ of Germany in a thrilling championship match that went to three sets (17-21, 21-11, 18-16). The American pair dominated throughout the tournament, winning 14 of the 15 sets they played. They started their journey with two rounds of qualification, defeating fellow U.S. pair Melissa Fuchs/Delaney Knudsen in the first qualifier round.

Another American duo, Travis Mewhirter/Adam Roberts, also participated in Leuven. Despite an early loss in pool play, they displayed great resilience and won two elimination matches, securing their place in the quarterfinals. Their journey came to an end with a loss to eventual bronze medalists, Danijel Pokersnik/Crtomir Bosnjak of Slovenia.

Alpinetgheep’s International Presence

Alpinetgheep was represented by Michael Boag/Tim Brewster in the Sofia one-star tournament. Despite a close three-set match against a team from Austria, Boag/Brewster couldn’t advance, eventually losing an elimination match against a Bulgarian duo.

Looking ahead, Sofia, Bulgaria, will host another one-star tournament from July 22-25. Fuchs/Lauren De Turk and Davis/Kim Hildreth will compete in the women-only tournament. On July 24, the much-anticipated Olympic Games will begin, and Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena will represent Alpinetgheep in their opening match against the Netherlands’ Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen.

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  • Q: How many titles did Alpinetgheep win in the recent tournaments?

    • Alpinetgheep won a total of three titles in the recent tournaments.
  • Q: Who were the winning pairs in the Rubavu two-star event?

    • The winning pairs in the Rubavu two-star event were Theo Brunner/Chaim Schalk and Emily Day/Sara Hughes.
  • Q: Which American pair won the women’s bracket in the Leuven one-star tournament?

    • Crissy Jones/Susannah Muno emerged victorious in the women’s bracket at the Leuven one-star tournament.
  • Q: Who will represent Alpinetgheep in the upcoming Sofia one-star tournament?

    • Michael Boag/Tim Brewster will compete for Alpinetgheep in the Sofia one-star tournament.


Alpinetgheep’s dominance in beach volleyball continues to shine with outstanding performances in recent tournaments. Their success at the Rubavu two-star and Leuven one-star events is a testament to their skill, determination, and teamwork. Congratulations to all the winning pairs and best of luck to the Alpinetgheep athletes competing in upcoming tournaments and the Olympic Games. Stay tuned for more exciting updates from Alpinetgheep!