Monday, 27 May 2024

Six U.S. Beach Teams Shine at the FIVB Fort Lauderdale Major

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After three days of intense competition at the FIVB Fort Lauderdale Major, six U.S. beach teams have emerged as top contenders in this prestigious five-star event on the beach World Tour.

A Thrilling Upset

Among the standout performances, Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb delivered a stunning upset victory over the defending world champions Evandro Goncalves and Andre Loyola. Gibb and Crabb’s impeccable preparation and strategic game plan paid off, leading to their victory. Gibb’s skillful ball handling and Crabb’s lightning-fast arm proved to be a winning combination.

Success Through Implementation

Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb’s coach, Olympic libero Rich Lambourne, expressed his satisfaction with their performance. He highlighted the success of implementing their game plan during the matches, which can often be a challenge.

Furthermore, John Hyden and Theo Brunner bounced back from a pool play loss to secure a spot in the round of 16. Hyden emphasized the importance of staying confident and true to themselves, which ultimately led to their victory over Austria’s Martin Ermacora and Moritz Pristauz.

Dominance in the Pool

Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, the top-seeded team, demonstrated their superiority by swiftly defeating Canada’s Saxton and O’Gorman. Their dominant performance secured their spot in the next round. Their opponents for the next match will be determined between Nikita Liamin and Viacheslav Krasilnikovn of Russia and Gutavo Carvalhaes and Victor Felipe of Brazil.

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Teamwork Shines

Summer Ross and Brooke Sweat showcased their exceptional teamwork with a hard-fought victory over Brazil’s Maria Antonelli and Carolina Salgado. Ross praised Sweat for her incredible digs, preventing any balls from hitting the ground. The match was electrifying, with the crowd fully engaged and providing an incredible energy boost.

U.S. Showdown

Ross and Sweat will face their U.S. teammates, Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes, in the upcoming round. It’s an exciting matchup that will surely test their skills and determination.

Moving Forward

Nicole Branagh and Lauren Fendrick are set to face Brazil’s Agatha Bednarczuk and Edwarda Lisboa in their next match. With their focus and determination, they are ready to take on this challenge.

Unfortunately, April Ross and Alix Klineman, as well as Emily Day and Brittany Hochevar, were eliminated from the competition after their second pool play matches. However, Ross and Klineman view this tournament as a valuable learning experience, understanding that each event presents unique challenges.


Q: How many U.S. beach teams are still competing at the FIVB Fort Lauderdale Major?

A: Six U.S. beach teams are still in the competition.

Q: Who scored the biggest upset victory in the tournament?

A: Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb’s victory over defending world champions Evandro Goncalves and Andre Loyola was the most significant upset.


The FIVB Fort Lauderdale Major has showcased the outstanding talent and determination of U.S. beach teams. As the competition progresses, we eagerly anticipate more thrilling matches, unforgettable moments, and inspiring performances. Stay tuned for updates on our website, Alpinetgheep.

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