Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

Two U.S. Beach U21 Teams Shine in Thailand

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Two U.S. Beach U21 teams showcased their talent and determination at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships in Phuket, Thailand. The men’s team, consisting of Matt Gentry and Phillip Catanzaro, and the women’s team, composed of Nicole Nourse and Maddie Anderson, both achieved impressive top-10 finishes.

A Strong Performance

In the Round of 16, Gentry and Catanzaro faced Italy’s Gianluca Dal Corso and Marco Viscovich, the third-seeded team in the tournament. Although they couldn’t secure victory, Gentry mentioned their fierce battle in the second set, displaying their recent improvement in performance. The duo’s journey to the Round of 16 was facilitated by their first-place finish in Pool G and earning a bye past the elimination matches’ first round.

Nourse and Anderson, on the other hand, faced the challenge of overcoming a first-match injury. However, they showed resilience by winning their next two group matches and qualifying for the knockout rounds. In the Round of 24, they faced Russia’s Mariia Bocharova and Elizaveta Gubina, pushing them to a thrilling three-set match.

The Determination of the U.S. Women’s Team

Another U.S. women’s team, comprised of Caitlin Godwin and Raelyn White, also competed in the Round of 24. Despite losing their first two pool play matches, they bounced back by sweeping a pair from Chile, securing a third-place finish in their pool. In the Round of 24, they clashed with the Australian pair of Jasmine Fleming and Kayla Mears in a closely contested match that ended with only two points separating the teams.

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Promising Talent on Display

Carson Barnes and Ayden Keeter, a pair of high schoolers, made their debut in an international tournament. While they faced tough competition in pool play, they displayed incredible determination, forcing extra points in a couple of sets. Although they went winless in the main draw, their participation showcased their potential as up-and-coming talent in the sport.

A Legacy of Success

The success of the U.S. teams in this year’s Beach U21 World Championships continues a trend of strong performances in previous editions. In 2019, Isabelle Bauman and Teagan DeFalco, as well as Tim Brewster and Adam Wienckowski, each secured a ninth-place finish. In 2017, Kathryn Plummer and Mima Mirkovic won bronze, while Wienckowski and Clay Messenger achieved a respectable ninth-place finish.


Q: How did the U.S. teams perform in the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships?
A: Both the men’s and women’s U.S. Beach U21 teams achieved impressive top-10 finishes.

Q: Did any of the U.S. teams face challenging opponents?
A: Yes, the U.S. teams faced tough opponents, including the third-seeded Italian and Russian teams.

Q: Were there any notable achievements by individual players?
A: The determination shown by Nicole Nourse and Maddie Anderson in overcoming a first-match injury was commendable.


The U.S. Beach U21 teams’ performances at the FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships were a testament to their skill, perseverance, and dedication. The competition showcased the depth of talent emerging in the sport, and the U.S. teams proudly represented their country on the international stage.

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