Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Beach Update: Brewster/Friend Aim for Second Consecutive NORCECA Title

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 6, 2022)Tim Brewster and Kyle Friend are poised to defend their gold medal this weekend at the NORCECA Managua beach event in Nicaragua.

Last week in NORCECA Punta Cana, Brewster/Friend dominated the competition, not dropping a single set on their way to the gold medal. They defeated the Cuban duo Noslen Diaz/Jorge Luis Alayo 2-0 (21-16, 22-20) in the final, securing their first-ever NORCECA victory.

This weekend, they will be joined by two other U.S. pairs in Managua: Paul Lotman/Raffe Paulis on the men’s side and Katie Lindstrom/Teegan Van Gunst on the women’s side.

In addition to Brewster/Friend’s success, another U.S. pair, Maddie Anderson/Molly Turner, also secured a gold medal in Punta Cana. Anderson/Turner had an impressive tournament, losing only one set throughout and defeating Canadians Lea Monkhouse/Molley McBain 2-0 (21-17, 21-19) in the final.

Furthermore, Anderson/Turner already have a tournament win under their belt this year, having triumphed in the FIVB Ciro Marina Futures event in July. Turner has amassed four international medals (two FIVB, two NORCECA) in her career, showcasing her talent and experience.

Pairs Elite 16

At the FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 in Paris last weekend, three U.S. women’s pairs achieved top-10 finishes, with Betsi Flint/Kelly Cheng leading the way in fourth place.

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Flint/Cheng dominated their pool and then secured a thrilling victory over World No. 1 pair Barbara/Carol (BRA) in the quarterfinals. Although they fell short in the semifinals against eventual tournament winners and World No. 2 pair Katja Stam/Raisa Schoon of the Netherlands, they displayed exceptional skills and determination.

In the bronze-medal match, Flint/Cheng narrowly lost to World No. 3 pair Duda/Ana Patricia (BRA) in a thrilling three-set battle (21-12, 13-21, 15-8).

Reflecting on the tournament, Cheng expressed her excitement and determination to continue growing and improving her game.

Another U.S. pair, Kristen Nuss/Taryn Kloth, continued their strong season on the Beach Pro Tour by tying for fifth place in Paris. Despite a hard-fought three-set loss to teammates Flint/Cheng in the pool stage, Nuss/Kloth showcased their skills and resilience. They eventually fell to the formidable duo Duda/Ana Patricia in the quarterfinals.

Emily Stockman/Megan Kraft also had a solid performance, finishing second in their pool. Although they did not advance to the final phase, Stockman/Kraft showed promise by winning two qualification matches and defeating Barbara/Carol in pool play. They finished tied for ninth overall.

On the men’s side, Miles Evans/Andy Benesh had a promising start, winning their first qualification match before falling short in the second.

Looking ahead, the next event in the Beach Pro Tour series is the Challenge event in Maldives from Oct. 13-16. The U.S. men’s entries include Troy Field/Chase Budinger, Miles Partain/Andy Benesh, Adam Roberts/Cody Caldwell, and Logan Webber/Evan Cory.

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For the women’s competition, the U.S. entries feature Hailey Harward/Xolani Hodel, Emily Stockman/Megan Kraft, Zana Muno/Julia Scoles, Megan Gebhard/Jade Race, Sarah Schermerhorn/Corrine Quiggle, Jessica Gaffney/Savvy Simo, Violetta Slabakova/Katie Horton, and Deahna Kraft/Allie Wheeler.

FAQs

  1. Who are the defending champions at the NORCECA Managua beach event?

    • The defending champions at the NORCECA Managua beach event are Tim Brewster and Kyle Friend. They are aiming for a second consecutive gold medal.
  2. Which U.S. women’s pairs achieved top-10 finishes at the FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 in Paris?

    • Betsi Flint/Kelly Cheng, Kristen Nuss/Taryn Kloth, and Emily Stockman/Megan Kraft achieved top-10 finishes at the FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 in Paris.
  3. How did Betsi Flint/Kelly Cheng perform in the tournament?

    • Betsi Flint/Kelly Cheng finished in fourth place in the FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 in Paris. They won their pool, secured a thrilling victory over World No. 1 pair Barbara/Carol, and narrowly lost in the bronze-medal match.

Summary

Tim Brewster and Kyle Friend are set to compete for their second consecutive gold medal at the NORCECA Managua beach event in Nicaragua. In their previous tournament, Brewster/Friend emerged as champions without losing a set. They joined two other U.S. pairs, Paul Lotman/Raffe Paulis and Katie Lindstrom/Teegan Van Gunst, in Managua. Meanwhile, Maddie Anderson/Molly Turner also achieved success, winning the NORCECA Punta Cana tournament. In addition, U.S. women’s pairs Betsi Flint/Kelly Cheng, Kristen Nuss/Taryn Kloth, and Emily Stockman/Megan Kraft showcased their skills at the FIVB Beach Pro Tour Elite 16 in Paris. The U.S. Beach Pro Tour series will continue with the Challenge event in Maldives, featuring both men’s and women’s competitions.

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