Thursday, 23 May 2024

Beach Update: Players Continue to Excel in Brazil

A remarkable week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has led to significant improvements in the rankings of several beach volleyball teams. As we wrap up the swing in Brazil at the Vitoria Open, let’s take a closer look at the latest updates.

Women’s Rankings

Women’s leaders Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat have moved up from 12th to 10th place in the provisional Olympic rankings. Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross, who had previously been ranked 22nd due to their absence in the Rio Open, have soared to tie for 15th place after their gold medal finish. Meanwhile, Jennifer Kessy and Emily Day have maintained their position in the rankings.

Men’s Rankings

Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson have jumped one spot, landing them in the fifth position. Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena have also made significant progress, climbing up from 14th to 10th place. Unfortunately, due to an injury, John Hyden and Tri Bourne have slipped in the rankings from ninth to 14th.

The Road to the Olympics

With these shifts in rankings, Fendrick/Sweat continue to lead the U.S. women’s leaderboards. Walsh Jennings/Ross have joined them in 15th place, while Kessy/Day have competed in 14 events. On the men’s side, Gibb/Patterson have participated in 12 events, and Dalhausser/Lucena have taken part in nine. Remember, each country can qualify two teams per gender for the Olympics. The top 15 teams by June 13, 2016, will secure their spots based on Olympic rankings.

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Provisional Olympic Rankings | As of March 14, 2016

Women Events Points
10 Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Sweat 13 4,330
t15 Jennifer Kessy/Emily Day 14 3,860
t15 April Ross/Kerri Walsh Jennings 8 3,940

Men Events Points
5 Jake Gibb/Casey Patterson 12 4,980
10 Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena 9 4,580
14 John Hyden/Tri Bourne 12 4,240


Q: How can I track the rankings of beach volleyball teams?
A: To stay updated on the rankings of beach volleyball teams, you can visit reliable sports websites or official international volleyball federation websites. These platforms regularly publish the latest rankings, allowing you to follow your favorite teams and players.

Q: How are teams qualified for the Olympics?
A: Each country can qualify two teams per gender for the Olympics. The top 15 teams in Olympic rankings, including Brazil’s host-qualified teams and World Championship teams, will secure their spots in the Olympics. The rankings are determined based on performances in various tournaments leading up to the Games.


In summary, the recent swing in Brazil has brought about significant changes in the provisional Olympic rankings for beach volleyball. Teams like Fendrick/Sweat, Walsh Jennings/Ross, and Gibb/Patterson have made impressive strides, showcasing their determination to secure their places in the Olympics. As we continue to follow their thrilling journey, let’s cheer them on and anticipate the upcoming tournaments. For more information and to stay up to date, visit our website at