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U.S. Teams Gear Up for Final Challenge Event in Nuvali

The beach volleyball season is heating up, and we have all the latest updates for you. In this article, we will recap the last Elite 16 event and preview the upcoming challenge event in the Philippines. Plus, we’ll take a look at the current Olympic rankings. Let’s dive in!

Elite 16 João Pessoa: Recap and Results

Kristen Nuss (Volleyball World)

The Elite 16 João Pessoa event in Brazil witnessed some thrilling matches. Kristen Nuss and Taryn Kloth put up a great fight, finishing in fourth place after falling to China’s Xue/X. Y. Xia in the bronze-medal match. They had an impressive run, defeating Placette/Richard (FRA) in the quarterfinals before losing to Carol/Barbara (BRA) in the semifinals.

On the men’s side, Trevor Crabb and Theo Brunner gave it their all but finished tied for 13th place. Despite a tough competition, they put on a strong performance. Cottafava/Nicolai (ITA) emerged as the runners-up, losing to Ahman/Hellvig (SWE) in the final.

Challenge Nuvali, Philippines: A Preview

Get ready for the final challenge event on the BPT calendar for 2023 – Challenge Nuvali in the Philippines! With eight women’s teams and one men’s team from the U.S., the competition is bound to be intense. The event will take place from November 30th to December 3rd.

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Chase Budinger and Miles Evans are on fire, having recently won gold at Challenge Haikou and bronze at Challenge Chiang Mai. They are aiming to continue their winning streak and secure another medal in Nuvali.

Terese Cannon and Megan Kraft have already secured a spot in the main draw, while other women’s pairs like Kennedy Coakley/Brooke Sweat, Corinne Quiggle/Sarah Murphy, Hailey Harward/Toni Rodriguez, and Teegan Van Gunst/Kim Hildreth will start in the qualification round. Carly Kan/Katie Horton, Lydia Smith/Jade Race, and Janet Kalaniuvalu/Seyvion Waggoner are on reserve status.

Current Rankings: The Race for the Top

The rankings are being fiercely contested, with multiple teams vying for the top spots. In the women’s world rankings, Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes are currently tied for No. 2 with 8,280 points. Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss are sharing the same position, making it an exciting battle. However, Ana Patricia/Duda (BRA) hold the No. 1 spot with 9,540 points.

In the provisional Olympic rankings, Kloth/Nuss and Ana Patricia/Duda are tied for the top position with 10,260 points and 12 tournaments played. Carol/Barbara (BRA) are close behind at No. 2 with 9,640 points. Cheng/Hughes are also in the mix at No. 3 with 9,040 points.

On the men’s side, Miles Partain and Andy Benesh are performing exceptionally well, currently ranked No. 4 with 6,900 points. The top spot belongs to Anders Mol/Christian Sorum (NOR) with 8,860 points.


  • How many teams from the U.S. will be participating in Challenge Nuvali?

    • There will be eight women’s teams and one men’s team representing the U.S. in Challenge Nuvali.
  • Which U.S. team has been on a winning streak recently?

    • Chase Budinger and Miles Evans have won gold at Challenge Haikou and bronze at Challenge Chiang Mai, making them a team to watch in Nuvali.
  • Who are the current leaders in the women’s world rankings?

    • Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes, along with Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss, are tied for No. 2 in the women’s world rankings.
  • What is the provisional Olympic rankings for the U.S. teams?

    • In the provisional Olympic rankings, Taryn Kloth/Kristen Nuss and Ana Patricia/Duda are leading the pack, sharing the top position.
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The beach volleyball season is in full swing, and the competition is intense. U.S. teams are showcasing their skills and determination at every event. Stay tuned for more updates as we bring you the latest from the world of beach volleyball.

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