COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 17, 2023) – With the 2023 Beach World Championship officially in the books, we update the world rankings and turn our attention toward the upcoming Pan Am Games, BPT Challenge Goa and BPT Futures Mallorca.
Pan Am Games
The Pan American Games take place Oct. 20-Nov. 5 in Santiago, Chile, and beach volleyball runs Oct. 21-27. Forty-one countries and thousands of athletes across the Americas compete in the event every four years in the year before the Olympic Games.
The women’s beach team of Corinne Quiggle/Sarah Murphy and the men’s team of Logan Webber/Hagen Smith will represent the United States. Both pairs secured their Pan Am Games berths by winning the qualifier on June 13-14 in Manhattan Beach.
Quiggle/Murphy are fresh off of winning the women’s title at the AVP Tour Series Laguna Beach Open on Oct. 15. Webber/Smith earned bronze at the NORCECA Series event in Punta Cana on Oct. 1.
Beach Pro Tour – Challenge Goa
The 2023 Beach Pro Tour continues with the Challenge event in Goa, India, Oct. 19-22. The U.S. has three women’s pairs and five men’s pairs set to compete.
For the women, Molly Turner/Abby Van Winkle are on the list, as are Kim Hildreth/Teegan Van Gunst. Turner is coming off a silver medal with Lexy Denaburg at NORCECA Punta Cana. Hildreth/Van Gunst earned silver at BPT Futures Halifax.
For the men, Chaim Schalk/Tri Bourne, Miles Evans/Chase Budinger, Tim Brewster/Kyle Friend, Evan Cory/Cody Caldwell, and Ben Vaught/David Mckienzie are the pairs all set to take the sand in Goa.
Schalk/Bourne and Evans/Budinger competed at the 2023 Beach World Championships. Evans/Budinger finished tied for 17th.
Brewster/Friend struck gold at NORCECA Punta Cana.
BPT Futures – Mallorca
BPT Futures Mallorca (women only) is Oct. 18-22 in Spain.
The U.S will be represented by Melissa Powell/Jennifer Keddy. The duo will compete at the qualification stage of the tournament.
The men’s Futures event in Mallorca will begin on Oct. 25. Following that, Futures Geelong, AUS will be the final BPT Futures event (Nov. 22) on the 2023 calendar.
The world rankings have undergone more upheaval with the conclusion of the 2023 Beach World Championships.
Newly-crowned world champions Kelly Cheng and Sara Hughes are the top U.S. women’s pair and No. 2 overall with 8,320 points after their performance in Tlaxcala. Taryn Kloth and Kristen Nuss, who took bronze at the World Championships, are right behind Hughes and Cheng in the world rankings as the No. 3 team with 8,140 points. Both pairs still trail world No. 1 Ana Patricia/Duda (BRA), who have 9,540 points.
Julia Scoles and Betsi Flint drop one spot but still remain in the top 10. The duo are world No. 9 with 6,200 points.
In the men’s rankings, Miles Partain and Andy Benesh move back up to the top three in the world. Partain and Benesh are No. 3 with 7,100 points. Anders Mol/Christian Sorum (NOR) are world No. 1 with 9,100 points.
Trevor Crabb and Theo Brunner jump up four slots from their previous ranking. The duo finished just one spot off the podium in Tlaxcala and are now ranked No. 20 with 5,040 points.