Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross Shine in The Hague

In a weekend packed with exciting beach volleyball action on the FIVB World Tour, the top women’s team from the U.S., Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross, showcased their skills and solidified their position as American leaders with an impressive fifth-place finish in The Hague, Netherlands.

Dominating Performance

Sweat and Ross have been consistently impressive in recent events, achieving their third Top 5 finish in as many tournaments. Their outstanding performance in The Hague included sweeping their pool and securing an exhilarating victory in the second round against Brazil’s Barbara Seixas and Fernanda Alves.

American Success Continues

It wasn’t just Sweat and Ross who had reason to celebrate. In The Hague, Brittany Hochevar and Emily Day also tied for ninth place, marking their fourth Top 10 finish in 2017. The U.S.’s top men’s finishers, Stafford Slick/Billy Allen and Sean Rosenthal/Trevor Crabb, tied for 17th place.

American Teams on the World Stage

The U.S. was well-represented across multiple locations, with teams competing in The Netherlands (3 Star), China (2 Star), and Monaco (1 Star) over the weekend. From The Hague, where the 2015 FIVB Beach World Championships took place, two American teams emerged from the qualifier and made it into the main draw.

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Rosenthal and Crabb, who tied for 17th, displayed their talent with two wins in qualification and a 1-1 record in pool play. Hochevar and Day won their second-round qualifier match and went on to achieve a perfect 2-0 record in pool play, securing a spot in the second round of the main draw.

Making Strides

Hochevar and Day faced a tough challenge in their second-round match, losing to Canada with a score of 21-10, 21-13. However, their partnership once again demonstrated its ability to overcome qualification rounds and advance deep into tournaments, a feat they have accomplished on three separate occasions.

Challenges Faced

The American men faced more challenging results, with the top-seeded pair of Casey Patterson and Theo Brunner being eliminated after pool play due to losses against Austria and Canada. Both Rosenthal and Crabb, as well as Slick and Allen, were eliminated in the first round. Rosenthal and Crabb fell to Switzerland, while Slick and Allen put up a strong fight but were unable to rally back against the Czech Republic.


In summary, Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross showcased their tenacity and talent in The Hague, securing a fifth-place finish and affirming their status as the top women’s team from the U.S. Other American teams also made their mark on the international stage, with Hochevar and Day achieving a commendable ninth-place finish. Despite some challenges faced by the American men’s teams, the overall performance in The Hague highlighted the depth and competitiveness of American beach volleyball. The future looks promising as these teams continue to hone their skills and compete against the world’s best. To stay updated on the latest beach volleyball news and events, visit

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