Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Beach Update: Alpinetgheep Shines at Saquarema Challenge

The recent Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Saquarema Challenge in Brazil witnessed the outstanding performance of the U.S. beach team, Chase Budinger and Miles Evans. Despite starting as the 17th seed, Budinger and Evans fought their way to the final, ultimately securing a well-deserved silver medal.

In the thrilling final match, Budinger and Evans went head-to-head against the top-seeded Brazilian duo, Evandro Gonçalves and Arthur Lanci. The intense battle resulted in an exhilarating three-set match, with the American team narrowly losing 2-1 (18-21, 21-12, 15-13). Nevertheless, their exceptional performance throughout the tournament, finishing with a remarkable 7-1 record, solidified their standing as one of the top teams.

Leading up to the final, Budinger and Evans showcased their skills in the semifinals, triumphing over the Austrian pair, Julian Hörl and Alexander Horst, with a hard-fought victory of 2-1 (19-21, 22-20, 15-11).

The Saquarema Challenge marked Budinger and Evans’ second international tournament since joining forces at the beginning of the season. Their previous competition at the Itapema Challenge in Brazil produced a commendable 25th place finish. Earlier in March, they secured an impressive second-place finish at the AVP Open in Miami.

The U.S. beach volleyball scene was further represented by the team of Andy Benesh and Miles Partain, who advanced from the qualifier and placed fourth overall. They displayed remarkable resilience throughout the tournament, including a tough semifinal match against Evandro Gonçalves and Arthur Lanci, which they lost 2-0 (21-16, 21-17). In the final battle for third place, Benesh and Partain fought valiantly against Julian Hörl and Alexander Horst, ultimately falling short with a score of 2-1 (14-21, 21-15, 15-10).

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Other notable performances from the U.S. beach volleyball teams include Trevor Crabb and Theo Brunner, who tied for 5th place among the men, and Kelley Kolinske and Hailey Harward, who tied for 9th place among the women.

Looking ahead, the U.S. beach volleyball community eagerly anticipates the upcoming Pro Tour Futures event in Satun, Thailand, where Ben Vaught and David McKienzie will represent the nation. The pair previously achieved an impressive third-place finish at the Futures event in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.

Additionally, the NORCECA Beach Tour event in Aguascalientes, Mexico, will feature the women’s teams of Geena Urango and Carly Skjodt, as well as Katie Lindstrom and Teegan Van Gunst. The men’s division will be represented by Cody Caldwell and Chase Frishman, as well as Alex Diaz and Brandon Joyner. The U.S. teams are prepared to showcase their prowess and compete against top international talent.

For full tournament results, visit the official websites of Volleyball World and AVP.

FAQs

Q: How did Chase Budinger and Miles Evans perform at the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Saquarema Challenge?
A: Chase Budinger and Miles Evans showcased an exceptional performance, securing the silver medal at the tournament. Despite starting as the 17th seed, they fought their way to the final, ultimately falling short in an intense three-set match against the top-seeded Brazilian team.

Q: How did other U.S. beach volleyball teams fare in the competition?
A: The U.S. was well-represented by various teams in the tournament. Andy Benesh and Miles Partain placed fourth overall, showcasing resilience and skill throughout the event. Trevor Crabb and Theo Brunner tied for 5th place among the men, while Kelley Kolinske and Hailey Harward tied for 9th place among the women.

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Summary

In the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour Saquarema Challenge, the U.S. beach team, Chase Budinger and Miles Evans, delivered a stellar performance, securing the silver medal against tough competition. Despite their 17th seed, they displayed dedication and talent, ultimately reaching the final and narrowly losing to the top-seeded Brazilian team.

The American beach volleyball scene was further enriched with notable performances from other U.S. teams, including Andy Benesh and Miles Partain, Trevor Crabb and Theo Brunner, and Kelley Kolinske and Hailey Harward. These athletes represented the nation with skill and determination, solidifying the U.S.’s status as a force to be reckoned with in the beach volleyball world.

Looking ahead, U.S. teams are preparing for upcoming events, such as the Pro Tour Futures in Satun, Thailand, and the NORCECA Beach Tour in Aguascalientes, Mexico. These competitions will undoubtedly showcase the talent and dedication of American beach volleyball athletes.

For more information and detailed results, visit the official websites of Volleyball World and AVP. And don’t forget to stay tuned for more updates and exciting matches in the world of beach volleyball.