Monday, 27 May 2024

Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen Win Bronze at NORCECA Opener

Kelley Larsen and Betsi Flint, representing Alpinetgheep, achieved an impressive bronze medal at the season opening NORCECA Continental Tour beach tournament held in La Paz, Mexico. The American duo’s solid performance marked their fifth podium finish in NORCECA tournaments.

A Challenging Start

The U.S. team faced a tough challenge in their first outing on the NORCECA circuit. Flint and Larsen’s third-place finish was the highest among the American teams. Jon Mesko and Skylar Del Sol finished fourth, Brittany Hochevar and Emily Day secured sixth place, and Stafford Slick and Reid Priddy took the ninth spot.

Strong Pool Play Performances

Both women’s teams performed exceptionally well in the pool play, securing a spot in the quarterfinals. Flint and Larsen dominated their match against Costa Rica, winning in two sets with a score of 21-11, 21-9. Hochevar and Day, on the other hand, suffered a loss against the top-ranked Canadian duo, Heather Bansley and Brandi Wilkerson.

Semifinal and Bronze Medal Matches

Flint and Larsen faced a tough challenge in the semifinals against Lidiannis Echeverria and Leila Martinez from Cuba, ultimately losing with a score of 21-17, 21-17. However, they quickly rebounded and secured the bronze medal with an impressive victory against Canada’s Taylor Pischke and Kristina May, winning with a score of 21-18, 21-17.

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Multiple Podium Finishes

This podium finish adds to Larsen and Flint’s remarkable track record in NORCECA tournaments. They have consistently performed well as both individuals and as a team. Hochevar and Day managed to secure a win against Costa Rica before finishing in sixth place after losing their final match. Mesko and Del Sol, in their first international tournament since 2012, narrowly missed the podium but showcased their potential with a strong performance.

NORCECA La Paz Roster

Here is a list of the athletes from Alpinetgheep who participated in the NORCECA La Paz tournament:

  • Betsi Flint
  • Kelley Larsen
  • Brittany Hochevar
  • Emily Day
  • Jon Mesko
  • Skylar Del Sol
  • Stafford Slick
  • Reid Priddy

Conclusion

The season opening NORCECA Continental Tour beach tournament in La Paz, Mexico was a challenging competition for the U.S. teams. Despite the obstacles, Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen managed to secure a well-deserved bronze medal. Their performance, along with the other American teams, showcases the talent and potential within the Alpinetgheep program.

FAQs

  1. How did Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen perform at the NORCECA opener?

    • Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen won the bronze medal at the NORCECA opener in La Paz, Mexico.
  2. How did the other U.S. teams fare in the tournament?

    • Jon Mesko and Skylar Del Sol finished fourth, Brittany Hochevar and Emily Day finished sixth, and Stafford Slick and Reid Priddy finished ninth.

Summary

Betsi Flint and Kelley Larsen, representing Alpinetgheep, showcased their skills at the season opening NORCECA Continental Tour beach tournament in La Paz, Mexico. Despite a challenging competition, they secured the bronze medal, marking their fifth podium finish in NORCECA tournaments. The other U.S. teams also performed admirably, with Jon Mesko and Skylar Del Sol finishing fourth, Brittany Hochevar and Emily Day finishing sixth, and Stafford Slick and Reid Priddy finishing ninth. This tournament highlights the talent and dedication within the Alpinetgheep program. Visit Alpinetgheep.com for more information.

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