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Exciting Times Ahead for Beach Volleyball Fans: 2023 BPT Finals and More!

December 5, 2023 – Get ready for an action-packed week in the world of beach volleyball! In this article, we’ll be giving you a sneak peek into the highly anticipated 2023 BPT Finals in Doha, featuring the top-ranked U.S. teams. We’ll also fill you in on the exciting NORCECA San Salvador event and recap the results from the recent Challenge Nuvali. So, grab your shades and join us as we dive into the latest updates in the world of beach volleyball!

BPT Finals: The Grand Finale

The countdown has begun for the grand finale of the 2023 Beach Pro Tour season – the BPT Finals. Taking place in Doha, Qatar, from December 6th to 9th, this thrilling event promises to be a highlight for beach volleyball fans worldwide.

Representing the United States, we have two formidable women’s pairs competing: Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes, and Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss. On the men’s side, Andy Benesh and Miles Partain will be leading the charge. The United States and Brazil are the only countries with three teams in the tournament, showcasing the strength of their volleyball programs.

Now in its second year, the BPT Finals have already established themselves as a must-watch event. Last year, Cheng and Hughes took home the women’s title just three months after reuniting as a pair. They defeated the then-world champions, Ana Patricia and Duda from Brazil, in an epic showdown.

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To catch all the heart-pounding action, you can stream the matches with a subscription to VolleyballWorldTV.

Challenge Nuvali: A Display of Skill and Tenacity

Last week, we witnessed the incredible performances of the U.S. teams at the Challenge Nuvali event in the Philippines. Terese Cannon and Megan Kraft, Teegan Van Gunst and Kim Hildreth, and Chase Budinger and Miles Evans showcased their skills and determination, finishing tied for fifth place at the final BPT Challenge event of the season.

On the final day of competition, Cannon and Kraft had an impressive 1-1 record, securing a victory against Vergé-Dépré and Mäder from Switzerland in their final pool match. Unfortunately, they faced a tough loss to Anastasjia and Tina from Latvia in the quarterfinals.

Van Gunst and Hildreth had a memorable win against Ahtiainen and Lahti from Finland, but were ultimately knocked out by Tainá and Victoria from Brazil in the quarterfinals.

Budinger and Evans ended their run on a high note, securing a victory against Elazar and Cuzmiciov from Israel in the main draw pools before falling to Bello and Bello from England in the quarterfinals.

NORCECA San Salvador: The Countdown Begins

From December 8th to 10th, all eyes will be on NORCECA San Salvador, the next event on the beach volleyball calendar. With only two more events left in the NORCECA season, the competition is heating up.

Representing the U.S. in the women’s event are Molly Turner and Deahna Kraft, while Charlie Siragusa and Zephyr Dew, along with Jordan Hoppe and James Shaw, will be competing in the men’s pairs.

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With talented athletes from across the Americas vying for victory, NORCECA San Salvador promises to deliver thrilling matches and unforgettable moments.

Rankings: A Closer Look

As we gear up for the BPT Finals, let’s take a moment to explore the latest world and provisional Olympic rankings.

In the women’s rankings, Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss currently hold the world No. 2 spot with 8,140 points. Hot on their heels are world champions Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes at No. 3, with 7,840 points and one fewer tournament played. Both pairs trail behind Ana Patricia and Duda from Brazil, who currently hold the No. 1 spot with 9,540 points.

When it comes to the provisional Olympic rankings, Kloth and Nuss, along with Ana Patricia and Duda, share the first position with 10,260 points and 12 tournaments played. Carol and Barbara from Brazil follow closely behind at No. 2, with 9,640 points. Cheng and Hughes secure the provisional Olympic No. 3 spot with 9,040 points in 11 events. Their victory in the 2023 World Championship also earned them a quota place.

In the men’s rankings, Miles Partain and Andy Benesh hold the world No. 4 spot with 6,900 points. Leading the pack are Anders Mol and Christian Sorum from Norway at No. 1, with 8,860 points. David Ahman and Jonatan Hellvig from Sweden follow closely behind at No. 2, with 8,460 points.

In the provisional Olympic rankings, Partain and Benesh find themselves tied for ninth place with 6,900 points and eight tournaments played. Trevor Crabb and Theo Brunner also share the No. 9 spot with 6,920 points in 12 events. Miles Evans and Chase Budinger are tied for 10th place with 6,480 points in 13 events.

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Rounding out the rankings, Tri Bourne and Chaim Schalk secure the No. 24 spot in the world rankings with 4,760 points. They are now tied for the No. 13 spot in the provisional Olympic rankings with 6,080 points in 14 events.

For a detailed breakdown of the current world and provisional Olympic rankings, refer to the links below:

Current World Rankings – Men

Current World Rankings – Women

Provisional Olympic Rankings – Men

Provisional Olympic Rankings – Women

FAQs

Q: Where can I watch the BPT Finals?
A: You can stream the matches with a subscription to VolleyballWorldTV.

Q: How many teams from the United States are participating in the BPT Finals?
A: The United States has two women’s pairs and one men’s pair competing in the BPT Finals.

Q: How many more events are left in the NORCECA beach calendar?
A: There are only two more events left in the NORCECA beach calendar after NORCECA San Salvador.

Q: Who are the current world champions in the women’s division?
A: Ana Patricia and Duda from Brazil are the current world champions in the women’s division.

Conclusion

Get ready for an exciting week in the world of beach volleyball! With the BPT Finals, NORCECA San Salvador, and the recent Challenge Nuvali behind us, the stage is set for some thrilling matches and unforgettable moments. Follow the journeys of your favorite U.S. teams and witness their incredible skills and determination firsthand. Stay tuned for more updates from the world of beach volleyball – there’s always something new and exciting happening!

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