Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Beach Update: Evans and Budinger Shine at Challenge Chiang Mai

This edition of the beach update brings you the latest results from the Challenge Chiang Mai event in Thailand, where the U.S. beach volleyball team, represented by Miles Evans and Chase Budinger, added more accolades to their names. We will also take a glimpse into the upcoming Joao Pessoa Elite 16 and Geelong Futures events.

Challenge Chiang Mai

Evans and Budinger showcased their skills once again, securing a bronze medal at the Beach Pro Tour event in Chiang Mai. This achievement follows their recent gold medal win at BPT Challenge Haikou. In a thrilling match against Nicolaidis/Carracher from Australia, Evans and Budinger triumphed with a 3-0 victory (27-25, 21-23, 15-9) to claim the third spot on the podium.

Joao Pessoa Elite 16

As we gear up for the ninth and final Elite 16 event of 2023, all eyes are on Joao Pessoa, where the action will unfold from Wednesday to November 26. Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss, the world No. 3 pair and bronze medalists at the 2023 world championships, will represent the U.S. in the women’s category. Meanwhile, Trevor Crabb and Theo Brunner will be the sole U.S. representatives in the men’s category. With their recent success at Challenge Haikou, Crabb and Brunner are fired up to make their mark once again.

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Geelong Futures

While Joao Pessoa hosts the Elite 16 event, Geelong Futures in Australia will take place simultaneously. The U.S. will be well-represented in the women’s bracket with teams including Kylie Wickley/Jade Race, Kelly Kool/Kennedy Coakley, Anna Donlan/Kelsey Bradbury, and Madison Shields/Delaney Peranich. On the men’s side, Adam Roberts and Nate Miller will compete in the qualification phase. All the U.S. teams are determined to make it past the qualification phase and make a strong impression in the tournament.

Rankings

We’ll also take a look at the latest FIVB world and provisional Olympic rankings. In the women’s rankings, Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes maintain their No. 2 position with 8,320 points, closely followed by Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss at No. 3 with 8,140 points. Ana Patricia/Duda from Brazil hold the top spot with 9,100 points. On the men’s side, Miles Partain and Andy Benesh secure the No. 3 position with 6,900 points, while Anders Mol/Christian Sorum from Norway claim the top spot with 8,860 points.

These achievements highlight the incredible talent and dedication of the U.S. beach volleyball teams. Stay tuned for more exciting updates as the season continues to unfold.