Tuesday, 23 Jul 2024

Allen/Slick Lead U.S. Teams on Day 3 at Worlds

The FIVB Beach World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, saw an impressive performance from Billy Allen and Stafford Slick of the U.S. team. Seeded 29th, they managed to upset Russia’s No. 5 Konstantin Semenov/Ilya Leshukov in a thrilling match that ended with a score of 13-21, 27-25, 15-12.

Slick described this victory as their best FIVB win yet, highlighting the significance of this achievement on the World Championship stage. He acknowledged the experience and skill of their opponents, stating that Semenov and Leshukov have been mainstays in the main draw for a long time. Slick and Allen, on the other hand, brought some new tricks to the game, proving that they are a force to be reckoned with.

When asked about their comeback from losing the first set, Allen explained that he made adjustments to his strategy. He realized that he was being too predictable with his shots and decided to be more creative and agile on the court. As Stafford started getting some blocks, their energy soared, leading them to victory.

In terms of statistics, Slick and Allen outperformed their opponents in kills and aces, while Semenov and Leshukov had the advantage in blocks. This win improved their record to 1-1 in pool play.

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Other U.S. teams also had a successful day at the championships. April Ross and Alix Klineman, seeded 5th, had a dominant performance against China’s No. 29 Chen Xue/Xinxin Wang, winning with a score of 21-10, 21-11. Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman, seeded 15th, rebounded from their first-match loss to beat Nigeria’s Tochukwu Nnoruga/Francisca Ikhiede, with a score of 21-6, 21-13. Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, seeded 16th, made quick work of Colombia’s Yuli Ayala/Diana Rios, winning 21-8, 21-9. Brooke Sweat and Kerri Walsh Jennings, seeded 18th, won their first match of the tournament in a dominating fashion against Mauritius’s Maita Cousin/Letendrie Marie Nathalie Jacqueline, with a score of 21-2, 21-2. Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb, seeded 7th, defeated Russia’s No. 31 Maksim Hudyakov/Igor Velichko with a score of 21-15, 21-14.

The only U.S. loss of the day came from Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, seeded 6th, who fell to Canada’s Grant O’Gorman/Ben Saxton with a score of 21-16, 21-19.

The FIVB World Championships will continue with the women’s medal matches on July 6 and the men’s finale on July 7. The winning teams will share the $60,000 first-place prizes.


Q: How did Billy Allen and Stafford Slick manage to beat the No. 5 seeded Russian team?
A: Billy Allen and Stafford Slick used their skills and adaptability to defeat their opponents. They made adjustments to their strategies, became more creative with their shots, and gained energy from their successful blocks.

Q: How did the other U.S. teams perform in the championships?
A: The other U.S. teams had a successful day at the championships. April Ross and Alix Klineman, Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman, Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil, and Brooke Sweat and Kerri Walsh Jennings all won their matches. Jake Gibb and Taylor Crabb also had a victory, while Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena suffered a loss.

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Q: What is the schedule for the upcoming matches in the Beach Volleyball World Championships?
A: The schedule for the upcoming matches can be found here.


The U.S. teams showcased their skills and determination on Day 3 of the FIVB Beach World Championships. Billy Allen and Stafford Slick’s impressive upset victory, along with the strong performances from other U.S. teams, set the stage for an exciting continuation of the tournament. Keep an eye out for the upcoming matches as the teams compete for the top prizes.