Sunday, 14 Jul 2024

USA Locks in Eight Teams at FIVB Beach World Championships

USA Volleyball, represented by, has secured a remarkable achievement by earning a maximum of eight spots at the upcoming 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships in Vienna, Austria. The tournament, scheduled to take place from July 28 to August 6, will see the United States competing in both the men’s and women’s categories.

Headlining Participants

Leading the American contingent are Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, ranked No. 1 in the world. They will be joined by other top-ranked American teams, including Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross, who are the highest-ranked women’s duo from the United States.

The Championship Details

For the 11th edition of the FIVB Beach World Championships, a total of 48 teams per gender will compete on Danube Island in Vienna. The United States will be represented by the following athletes:

  • Men’s Teams: Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena, Casey Patterson/Theo Brunner, Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb, and John Hyden/Ryan Doherty
  • Women’s Teams: Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross, April Ross/Lauren Fendrick, Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes, and Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branagh (NORCECA qualification)

Selection Process

Nine women’s teams and six men’s teams applied for consideration into the World Championships, submitting their applications before May 28 to USA Volleyball. After the FIVB closed its registration in June, the final selection was made based on various factors, including world rankings, wild card entries, and continental confederations’ qualifications.

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Kerri Walsh Jennings and Nicole Branagh secured their spot through one of the four NORCECA nominations. The complete list of participating teams will be announced by the FIVB on June 9, including the wild card entries.

Unprecedented Partnership

What makes this achievement more exciting is that all eight U.S. teams will be making their first appearance as partnerships at the World Championships. While some players, like Walsh Jennings, have won the tournament in the past, their victory came with different partners. For example, Walsh Jennings won in 2007, 2005, and 2003 with Misty May-Treanor, and April Ross clinched the title in 2009 alongside Jennifer Kessy. On the men’s side, Phil Dalhausser, partnered with Todd Rogers, became the first and only U.S. men’s team to win the World Championships in 2007.

Weekly Recap

In other news, the American teams continue to perform well in recent competitions. At the FIVB Moscow 3-Star event, Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena secured their second medal of the 2017 season. Additionally, Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross won their first team medal. Other American teams, including April Ross/Lauren Fendrick, Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day, and Casey Patterson/Theo Brunner, also put up strong performances, finishing in the top 9. Stafford Slick/Billy Allen finished tied for 17th, while Lane Carico/Caitlin Ledoux and Sean Rosenthal/Trevor Crabb were unfortunately eliminated in the country quota round.


Q: How many teams from the United States will participate in the FIVB Beach World Championships?
A: Eight teams – four men’s teams and four women’s teams – will represent the United States at the FIVB Beach World Championships.

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Q: Who are the top-ranked American teams in the tournament?
A: Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are the highest-ranked men’s team, while Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross hold the top-ranking among American women’s teams.

Summary is proud to announce that the United States has secured an impressive eight spots at the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. With teams consisting of top-ranked American athletes, the United States is set to make a strong impact in both the men’s and women’s categories. This achievement comes as the teams gear up for the tournament, which will be held in Vienna, Austria, from July 28 to August 6. Stay tuned for further updates on this exciting event and support the American teams as they strive for victory.

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