Monday, 22 Jul 2024

Beach Update: World Championship Pools Set

The anticipation for the 2023 Beach World Championships is growing, and this week’s beach update brings exciting news about the latest FIVB world rankings and the announcement of the pools for the U.S. pairs. Let’s dive in and explore what’s in store for the upcoming tournament.

World Championship Pool

The pools for the 2023 Beach World Championships in Tlaxcala, Mexico, have been set. With 48 teams in each gender representing 40 different countries, the competition is fierce. The teams have been divided into 12 pools, and the stakes are high. Not only is a direct bid to the Paris 2024 Olympics on the line, but there’s also $1 million in prize money up for grabs. The event will take place from October 6th to 15th.

Let’s take a closer look at the U.S. pairs and the pools they will be competing in:

  • Kristen Nuss and Taryn Kloth have been drawn into Pool B. They will face off against Andressa/Vitoria from Brazil, Paulikiene/Raupelyte from Lithuania, and Akiko/Yurika from Japan.

  • Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes find themselves in Pool C. They will go head-to-head with Agatha/Rebecca from Brazil, Ittlinger/Borger from Germany, and Albarran/Vidaurrazaga from Mexico.

  • Sarah Sponcil and Terese Cannon have been placed in Pool I. They will compete against Xue/X.Y. Xia from China, Alvarez M./Moreno from Spain, and Torres/Rivera from Mexico.

  • Betsi Flint and Julia Scoles are in Pool J. They will be facing off against Gottardi/Menegatti from Italy, Klinger D./Klinger R. from Austria, and Quesada/Williams from Costa Rica.

  • Wild card pair Alix Klineman and Hailey Harward will compete in Pool K. They will be up against J.Dong/Wang from China, Taina/Victoria from Brazil, and Muller/Tillmann from Germany.

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In the men’s bracket, Miles Partain and Andy Benesh will be representing the U.S. in Pool C. They will be competing against Krou/Gauthier-Rat from France, Mol H./Bernsten from Norway, and Peter/Hernan from Venezuela.

Trevor Crabb and Theo Brunner will be in Pool D, facing George/Andre from Brazil, Popov/Reznik from Ukraine, and Jawo/Koita from Gambia.

Tri Bourne and Chaim Schalk have been placed in Pool F and will be competing against Ehlers/Wickler from Germany, Kantor/Zdybek from Poland, and Aravena/Droguett from Chile.

World Rankings

Taking a look at the world rankings, the U.S. women’s teams are steadily climbing up the ladder. Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes currently hold the second spot in the world rankings, trailing only behind Ana Patricia/Duda from Brazil. Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss are not far behind, sitting in third place with 7280 points.

Sarah Sponcil and Terese Cannon are ranked eighth in the world with 5940 points, closely followed by Julia Scoles and Betsi Flint in ninth place with 5860 points. Emily Stockman and Megan Kraft have also made their way into the top 25, sharing the 18th spot with 4980 points.

In the men’s rankings, Miles Partain and Andy Benesh are tied for third place with Qatar’s Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan. Trevor Crabb and Theo Brunner are ranked 25th with 4180 points, and just below them are Tri Bourne and Chaim Schalk with 4160 points.

FAQs

Q: How many teams will be participating in the 2023 Beach World Championships?
A: There will be 48 teams in each gender representing 40 different countries.

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Q: What is at stake in the World Championships?
A: The winning teams will secure a direct bid to the Paris 2024 Olympics and a chance to compete for a $1 million prize money.

Q: When will the 2023 Beach World Championships take place?
A: The tournament will run from October 6th to 15th.

Conclusion

The 2023 Beach World Championships are shaping up to be an intense and thrilling event. With teams from all over the world vying for a spot in the Olympics and a chance to claim the grand prize, the competition promises to be fierce. Keep an eye on the U.S. pairs as they battle it out in their respective pools. Stay tuned for more updates on the Beach World Championships and cheer on your favorite teams as they chase their dreams in the sand.

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