Wednesday, 22 May 2024

Three U.S. Pairs Ready to Showcase Their Skills at the World Tour Finals

Three exceptional pairs from the U.S. Beach National Team – Alix Klineman/April Ross, Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil, and Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb – are gearing up to compete in the highly anticipated FIVB World Tour Finals. This thrilling tournament, which will take place from October 6th to 10th in Cagliari, Italy, marks the culmination of their international seasons.

The World Tour Finals will feature 10 teams per gender, divided into two five-team pools. Each team will engage in a round-robin schedule against their respective pools. The top-seeded team in each pool secures a spot in the semifinals, while the second and third-ranked teams battle it out in the quarterfinals.

Fans worldwide can catch all the action as every match will be broadcast live on Beach Volleyball World’s YouTube channel.

This event promises to be a mini-Olympic reunion as nine teams, both male and female, who qualified for the Tokyo Olympics earlier this year will be competing. On the men’s side, Olympic gold medalists Anders Mol/Christian Sorum of Norway and bronze medalists Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan of Qatar will headline the field. Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb, who also qualified for Tokyo, will be vying for success once again.

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In the women’s category, Olympic gold medalists Alix Klineman/April Ross lead the lineup. Bronze medalists Anouk Verge-Depre/Joana Heidrich are also set to compete in Italy, alongside Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil and several other teams who participated in the 2020 Olympic Games.

World Tour Finals Pools

Men’s Pool A
Men’s Pool B
Women’s Pool A
Women’s Pool B

Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb – USA
Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan – QAT
Alix Klineman/April Ross – USA
Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil – USA
Paolo Nicolai/Daniele Lupo – ITA
Anders Mol/Christian Sorum – NOR
Marta Menegatti/Valentina Gottardi – ITA
Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda Santos Lisboa – BRA
Ondrej Perusic/David Schweiner – CZE
Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen – NED
Nadezda Makroguzova/Svetlana Kholomina – RUS
Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes – CAN
Christiaan Varenhorst/Steven Van de Velde – NED
Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov – RUS
Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli – SUI
Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink – NED
Martins Plavins/Edgars Tocs – LAT
Adrian Ignacio Carambula Raurich/Enrico Rossi – ITA
Karla Borger/Julia Sude – GER
Anouk Verge-Depre/Joana Heidrich – SUI

For Jake Gibb, this will be his final international tournament as he announced his retirement at the 2020 Olympic Games. As a four-time Olympian, Gibb’s illustrious career includes 148 FIVB tournaments, with seven victories and 23 podium finishes. Since joining forces in 2017, Gibb and Crabb have competed in 33 international tournaments, winning the 2019 Chetumal 4-star event and earning bronze in Doha earlier this year.

Since its inception in 2015, the United States has secured three medals at the World Tour Finals. Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena claimed silver in the inaugural event and clinched the title in 2017. Additionally, Tri Bourne/John Hyden won bronze in 2016. However, no women’s team has yet reached the podium.

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Action in Cagliari kicks off on Wednesday, October 6th, starting at 12:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Alix Klineman/April Ross will take to the sand at 1:30 a.m.


Q: Who are the top pairs representing the U.S. in the World Tour Finals?
A: The U.S. will be sending three top pairs to the World Tour Finals: Alix Klineman/April Ross, Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil, and Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb.

Q: How many teams will be participating in the World Tour Finals?
A: The tournament features 10 teams per gender, divided into two five-team pools.

Q: Where can fans watch the matches of the World Tour Finals?
A: Every match of the World Tour Finals will be streamed live on Beach Volleyball World’s YouTube channel.


The highly anticipated FIVB World Tour Finals are set to captivate beach volleyball fans worldwide. The event will showcase the exceptional skills of three esteemed pairs from the U.S. Beach National Team: Alix Klineman/April Ross, Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil, and Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb. With intense competition and a mini-Olympic reunion on the cards, this tournament promises to be an absolute spectacle.

Join us as we witness these incredible athletes battle it out on the sand, displaying their passion, athleticism, and determination. Tune in to Beach Volleyball World’s YouTube channel to catch all the exhilarating matches live. Don’t miss out on a moment of the action at the World Tour Finals!