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Beach Update: Exciting Results from Boca Chica

Beach Volleyball

Colorado Springs, CO – October 7, 2019 – Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb made waves in the world of beach volleyball with their impressive victory at the Hamaca Finals NORCECA Tournament in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. Their exceptional performance propelled them into second place among U.S. men’s beach teams vying for qualification in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

In the gold medal match, Gibb and Crabb defeated Canada’s Sam Pedlow and Sam Schachter with a score of 21-19, 21-18. This win granted them 600 ranking points, elevating them to second place in the FIVB Provisional Olympic Rankings, just behind Trevor Crabb and Tri Bourne. Additionally, this victory propelled them into the top 15 in the overall rankings, emphasizing their potential as Olympic contenders.

To secure automatic qualification for the Olympics, teams must finish among the top two U.S. teams and in the top 15 of the FIVB rankings. With their outstanding performance, Gibb and Crabb are now on the verge of Olympic eligibility, needing only one more event to seal their spot.

Notably, the emerging duo of Miles Evans and Ryan Doherty clinched the third-place position in Boca Chica. They showcased their skills with a convincing win over Canadians Grant O’Gorman and Simon Fecteau-Boutin, finishing with a score of 21-15, 21-9. Gibb and Crabb faced tough competition in the semifinals against Evans and Doherty, ultimately prevailing with a hard-fought victory of 24-26, 21-13, 19-17.

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In the women’s event, Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat triumphed, securing the gold medal by defeating the Cuban pair of Yanisleidys Sánchez and Lidiannis Echeverría with a score of 21-13, 23-21. Walsh Jennings and Sweat currently hold the second position among U.S. teams and fifth place overall in the FIVB Olympic rankings.

The bronze medal went to Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman, who showcased their skills by defeating Canadian twins Nicole and Megan McNamara with a score of 21-16, 21-18. Among U.S. teams vying for Olympic qualification, Larsen and Stockman hold the fourth position, and they stand at seventh place overall.


Q: What are the requirements for automatic qualification to the Olympics?
A: To automatically qualify for the Olympics, teams must finish among the top two U.S. teams and be ranked in the top 15 overall in the FIVB rankings.

Q: How many events do Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb need to qualify for the Olympics?
A: Gibb and Crabb are just one event away from Olympic eligibility.

Q: Who were the winners in the women’s event?
A: Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat emerged victorious in the women’s event, capturing the gold medal.


In conclusion, the Hamaca Finals NORCECA Tournament in Boca Chica brought forth exhilarating moments and exceptional performances from beach volleyball teams. Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb demonstrated their prowess and moved up in the rankings, inching closer to their Olympic dreams. The tournament also showcased the talent of other U.S. teams, such as Miles Evans and Ryan Doherty, Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat, and Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman. These athletes continue to make strides towards Olympic qualification, leaving fans excited for the upcoming events and competitions.

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