Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Beach Update: FIVB in Croatia, AVP San Fran

With the Olympic qualification phase completed, the USA beach teams are utilizing the Swatch FIVB Major Series and the domestic AVP Tour to fine-tune their skills before the Olympics. Let’s take a look at the latest updates from the beach volleyball world.

FIVB World Tour and AVP Tour

USA’s Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson, who finished fourth at the Olsztyn Grand Slam in Poland, celebrated their ninth top-four finish in 40 FIVB events as a team. Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat also had an impressive performance, achieving their best finish of the year by securing fifth place in Poland.

Now that Olympic qualification is behind them, the teams will continue their journey on the FIVB World Tour and also participate in the AVP San Francisco Open (June 23-26). Following that, they will head to Porec, Croatia, for the Porec Major, which kicks off on June 28.

Leaders on the FIVB World Tour

April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings are currently leading the FIVB World Tour with 4,010 points in seven events, closely followed by Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst with just a 30-point difference. It’s worth noting that Ross and Walsh Jennings have not only excelled in terms of points but have also earned the highest amount of prize money among all men’s and women’s teams in 2016, with earnings totaling $174,000.

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Among the men, Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena have an impressive win percentage of 88.5% with a record of 46-6. Ross and Walsh Jennings are ranked second on the World Tour for women, with a remarkable win percentage of 90.0% and a record of 45-5.

Upcoming Tournaments and Championships

There are three Majors left on the FIVB World Tour before the Olympics. Immediately following the Games, the Long Beach Grand Slam will take place. In September, the Tour will conclude with the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals, and in October, the Puerto Vallarta Open will wrap up the year in Mexico.

The Porec Major, the second Swatch FIVB Major Series event of 2016, is set to take place after a one-week break from the FIVB World Tour action. Several teams, including Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Sweat and Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, will be competing in Porec. Following this tournament, the action will move to Switzerland for the Gstaad Major, which will be held from July 5-10.

Beach HP Championships and AVP Tour

The 2016 Beach HP Championships are scheduled to take place from July 13-17 in Hermosa Beach, Calif., on the south side of the pier. The tournament will feature age groups ranging from 13 to 23 for both boys and girls. The A1 and A2 Junior Beach National Team members will receive automatic entry into the Championships.

Furthermore, the AVP Tour will continue with the AVP San Francisco Open from June 23-26, featuring top teams such as April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings and Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena. Previously, these teams showcased their skills and emerged victorious at the NYC Open.

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FAQs

Q: Which teams are currently leading the FIVB World Tour rankings?

A: April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings are leading the women’s rankings, while Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are leading the men’s rankings.

Q: What are the upcoming tournaments on the FIVB World Tour?

A: Before the Olympics, there are three remaining Majors on the FIVB World Tour. Immediately after the Games, the Long Beach Grand Slam will be held, followed by the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals in September and the Puerto Vallarta Open in October.

Summary

In summary, the USA beach teams are embracing the Swatch FIVB Major Series and the domestic AVP Tour to enhance their skills for the upcoming Olympics. After a successful Olympic qualification, teams such as Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson and Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Sweat are showcasing their talent on the international stage. With April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings and Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena leading the rankings, the competition promises to be intense. Exciting tournaments, such as the Porec Major and the AVP San Francisco Open, are just around the corner, offering fans an opportunity to witness world-class beach volleyball. Stay tuned for more updates and action-packed matches!

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