Monday, 27 May 2024

Boyd/Walker, Hurst/Basey Win U20 Beach Trials

Maggie Boyd/Gabby Walker and Thomas Hurst/Gage Basey emerged victorious in the 2022 Beach U20 National Team Trials held in Manhattan Beach, Calif. These talented teams will proudly represent the United States at the CAZOVA U23 Men & Women’s Beach Volleyball Tour stop in Trinidad & Tobago from August 19-21.

A Triumph for Boyd/Walker

Boyd/Walker from Madsand Volleyball in the North Texas region showcased their dominance by going undefeated with a remarkable 7-0 win record. They triumphed in all three pool matches, securing the fifth seed in the knockout bracket. In the playoffs, they displayed incredible resilience by winning three consecutive third-set tiebreakers. Their impressive performance included a thrilling victory against top-seeded Megan Widener/Piper Ferch in the semifinals, with a final score of 2-1 (21-23, 21-11, 15-13). In the title match, Boyd/Walker swept Alexis Durish/Hailey Hamlett, achieving a resounding 2-0 win (21-17, 21-15) and clinching the championship. Although Boyd/Walker have yet to compete internationally, they previously emerged victorious in the Girls 16U division at the 2020 USA National Beach Tour Junior Championship.

Hurst/Basey’s Unblemished Record

Tham Khảo Thêm:  The Amazing Race Recap: Taxi Turmoil

Hurst/Basey also showcased their remarkable skills by maintaining an undefeated record throughout the entirety of the Beach U20 National Team Trials. Not a single set was lost during the thrilling three-day tournament. Their journey to the finals included topping their pool with a perfect 3-0 record. They continued their excellent performance, securing two consecutive 2-0 victories (21-16, 21-11) and (21-19, 21-19). In the final, they displayed their prowess by defeating Dylan Foreman/Caleb Blanchette in a convincing 2-0 win (21-12, 21-17), earning them the title and the privilege of representing the United States later this year. This will be Hurst/Basey’s second time representing the U.S., with their previous appearance at the 2021 FIVB U19 Beach World Championships.

The U.S. Beach U20 National Team

The 2022 U.S. Beach U20 National Team comprises the four talented final teams: Boyd/Walker, Hurst/Basey, Durish/Hamlett, and Foreman/Blanchette. These exceptional athletes will join forces to compete at the highest level and bring glory to their country.

They Said It: Quotes from the Beach U20 National Team

Gage Basey expressed his excitement about representing the U.S., emphasizing the joy of playing alongside Thomas Hurst. Maggie Boyd shared her overwhelming emotions, stating, “It feels amazing. I’ve thought of this moment, but it didn’t really feel real. I’m really excited to represent the U.S.” Thomas Hurst expressed his honor and excitement, especially after his previous experience with the U19 team. Gabby Walker described her emotions as “pretty incredible,” emphasizing her lifelong dream of being a part of the U.S. Beach U20 National Team.

U.S. Beach U20 National Team Roster

Women

  • Maggie Boyd (Flower Mound, Texas; North Texas; Madsand; UCLA)
  • Alexis Durlish (Venice, Florida; Lone Star; 210 Beach; Florida State)
  • Hailey Hamlett (Bulverde, Texas; Lone Star; 210 Beach; TCU)
  • Gabby Walker (Flower Mound, Texas; North Texas; Madsand; USC)
Tham Khảo Thêm:  U.S. Men's National Team Advances to Bronze Medal Match at FIVB World Championship

Men

  • Gage Basey (Lyons, Colorado; Rocky Mountain; Front Range Volleyball: Lyons HS)
  • Caleb Blanchette (Brentwood, Tenn.; Southern; C2 Attack; Ravenwood HS)
  • Thomas Hurst (Plano, Texas; North Texas; C2 Attack)
  • Dylan Foreman (Santa Barbara, Calif.; Southern California; UC Santa Cruz)

FAQs

[Include relevant frequently asked questions and their answers related to the U20 Beach Trials]

Conclusion

The 2022 Beach U20 National Team Trials showcased extraordinary talent and fierce competition. Maggie Boyd/Gabby Walker and Thomas Hurst/Gage Basey emerged as the victorious teams, earning the honor of representing the United States at the CAZOVA U23 Men & Women’s Beach Volleyball Tour. Stay tuned to witness their incredible performances and cheer for the U.S. Beach U20 National Team as they make their mark on the international stage.

For more information about the U.S. Beach U20 National Team and their journey, visit Alpinetgheep.