Tuesday, 23 Jul 2024

Beach Volleyball Update: U.S. Teams Shine in Xiamen

Colorado Springs, Colo. (April 29, 2018) – The recent FIVB World Tour four-star event in Xiamen, China showcased the talent and skill of several U.S. beach volleyball teams. With four teams placing in the top 10, the athletes not only earned valuable ranking points but also took important steps towards Olympic qualification.

Sara Hughes and Summer Ross Make Impressive Fourth Place Finish

Sara Hughes and Summer Ross

Sara Hughes and Summer Ross had an outstanding performance, finishing in fourth place. They went undefeated throughout the tournament until the semifinals, where they narrowly lost to Brazil’s Ana Patricia Silva and Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbosa. Hughes and Ross displayed incredible teamwork and determination, showcasing their potential as top contenders in the beach volleyball world.

Other Strong Performances by U.S. Teams

Alix Klineman and April Ross

Joining the success of Hughes and Ross, Alix Klineman and April Ross tied for fifth place. Their exceptional skills and chemistry on the court were evident throughout their matches. Additionally, Brooke Sweat and Kerri Walsh Jennings put on a solid performance, securing a ninth-place finish. These results highlight the depth and talent within the U.S. beach volleyball program.

Xiamen: A Significant Tournament Return for Hughes and Ross

Xiamen Beach Volleyball Tournament

The Xiamen tournament marked the return of Hughes and Ross to competitive play since the FIVB four-star event in Las Vegas in 2018. Their impressive showing solidified their standing as a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming beach volleyball events.

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NORCECA Cayman Islands: More U.S. Success

Brittany Hochevar and Carly Wopat

In the NORCECA Tour stop in Cayman Islands, U.S. women’s teams continued to excel. Brittany Hochevar and Carly Wopat secured a silver medal, displaying their skills and determination on the court. Meanwhile, Falyn Fonoimoana and Nicolette Martin brought home a bronze medal, representing the strength of U.S. women’s beach volleyball.

Exciting Matchups and Results

Beach Volleyball Match

The tournament showcased thrilling matches and intense competition. In the women’s semifinals, Hochevar and Wopat delivered a stunning victory against Fonoimoana and Martin. The gold-medal match saw Cuba’s Maylen Deliz and Leila Martinez emerge victorious over Hochevar and Wopat. Fonoimoana and Martin secured the bronze medal with a well-deserved win against Mexico’s Zaira Orellana and Martha Revuelta.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Beach Volleyball Tournament Schedule

As the beach volleyball season continues, there are several exciting events on the horizon for fans and athletes alike. The FIVB three-star event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia features top U.S. women’s teams Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat, as well as Corinne Quiggle and Amanda Dowdy. Additionally, the NCAA Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship in Gulf Shores, Ala., and the AVP Huntington Beach Open promise thrilling matches and fierce competition.

FAQs

1. How did Sara Hughes and Summer Ross perform in the Xiamen tournament?

Sara Hughes and Summer Ross finished in an impressive fourth place at the Xiamen tournament, showcasing their skills and potential as top contenders in beach volleyball.

2. Which other U.S. teams performed well in recent beach volleyball events?

Alix Klineman and April Ross tied for fifth place, while Brooke Sweat and Kerri Walsh Jennings secured a ninth-place finish, highlighting the depth and talent within the U.S. beach volleyball program.

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3. What was the outcome for U.S. teams in the NORCECA Tour stop in the Cayman Islands?

Brittany Hochevar and Carly Wopat won the silver medal, while Falyn Fonoimoana and Nicolette Martin brought home the bronze medal, representing the strength of U.S. women’s beach volleyball.

4. What upcoming events should fans look forward to?

Fans can anticipate the FIVB four-star event in Itapema, Brazil, where top U.S. women’s teams Alix Klineman and April Ross, Sara Hughes and Summer Ross, and Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman will showcase their skills. Additionally, the AVP Austin Open promises thrilling matches and intense competition.

Conclusion

With their impressive performances in Xiamen and the Cayman Islands, U.S. beach volleyball teams continue to make their mark on the international stage. The dedication, skill, and determination of these athletes highlight the bright future of beach volleyball in the United States. As the season progresses, fans can eagerly anticipate more exciting matches and memorable moments on the sand.