Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Beach Update: Race for 2020 Moves to Qinzhou

As the anticipation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics builds, the FIVB World Tour three-star event in Qinzhou, China, presents an exciting opportunity for six U.S. beach teams to compete and showcase their skills. Let’s delve into the latest updates and notable performances from this event.

Returning Strong: Summer Ross and Sara Hughes

After a back injury, Summer Ross makes her triumphant return to the beach alongside Sara Hughes. They are currently ranked fifth in the main draw, ready to make their mark in Qinzhou.

Tough Competition: Brook Sweat and Kerri Walsh Jennings

Brook Sweat and the legendary Kerri Walsh Jennings form a formidable team, currently securing the second spot in the rankings. They face strong opposition from Australia’s Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho, who currently hold the top position.

Rising Stars: Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil

Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil are making waves in the beach volleyball scene, currently ranked third in the Qinzhou event. Keep an eye on their promising performances as they strive for success.

Impressive Qualifying Success: Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman

Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman demonstrated their prowess by clinching the top seeds in the qualifying rounds. Their outstanding performance allowed them to advance directly to the main draw, where they are currently seeded seventh.

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Men’s Competition: Travis Mewhirter and Michael Boag

On the men’s side, Travis Mewhirter and Michael Boag fought hard in the qualifying rounds and secured their spot in the main draw. Despite being seeded 32nd, they are determined to make their presence known and prove themselves on this global stage.

Exciting Matches and Display of Tenacity

Travis Mewhirter shared his excitement about participating in his first FIVB World Tour event, emphasizing the enjoyable and competitive nature of the matches. Their remarkable comeback against the top-seeded qualifiers showcased their resilience and ability to perform under pressure.

NORCECA Tour Event in Hato Mayor

In addition to the Qinzhou event, three U.S. beach teams will be competing in the NORCECA Tour event in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic. Falyn Fonoimoana and Corinne Quiggle will compete in the women’s event, while Chaim Schalk and Jeremy Casebeer, along with Tim Brewster and Jon Ferrari, will represent the men’s division.

FIVB Four-Star in Chetumal

Looking ahead, Emily Day and Betsi Flint, as well as Bill Kolinske and John Hyden, emerged victorious in the country quota playoff. They will be representing the United States at the FIVB four-star event in Chetumal, Mexico, from November 13th to 17th.

Noteworthy U.S. Women’s Teams in Chetumal

Among the U.S. women’s teams, we have some strong contenders in the Chetumal main draw. Sweat and Walsh Jennings currently hold the seventh spot, followed by Sponcil and Claes at ninth, and Hughes and Ross at twelfth. Flint and Day earned the top spot in the qualifying rounds.

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U.S. Men’s Teams to Watch in Chetumal

On the men’s side, keep an eye on Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb, currently ranked fourth in the Chetumal main draw. Trevor Crabb and Tri Bourne are not far behind at sixth, while Billy Allen and Stafford Slick look to make their mark from the 17th spot. Bill Kolinske and John Hyden secured the third position in the qualifying rounds.

Sports Med Support

Lastly, a shoutout to Karla Wolford and Joe Houde for providing invaluable sports med support to the U.S. beach teams. Their expertise and dedication contribute to the overall performance and well-being of the athletes.

With exciting matches, promising performances, and the pursuit of Olympic dreams, the beach volleyball community is eagerly following the progress of these talented athletes in Qinzhou and beyond. Stay updated with for all the latest news, insights, and comprehensive coverage of beach volleyball events.