The reunited U.S. women’s beach team of Kelly Cheng/Sara Hughes got its 2024 Olympic run off to a good start by winning gold at the Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour challenge event in Torquay, Australia
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 15, 2022) – The U.S. beach team of Betsi Flint/Julia Scoles won the gold medal while the men’s team of Theo Brunner/Chaim Schalk took bronze at the 2022 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour Finals on Sunday in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
In the women’s gold medal match, Flint/Scoles beat Allanis Navas/María González of Puerto Rico 2-0 (21-16, 21-19).
“It’s exciting winning the gold,” Flint told NORCECA. “It was a battle of who was going to be better in the win and we are excited to get this experience together as a team; and just put the pressure on them.”
Scoles added that going into the final, you never know how it’s going to fall, “both teams have gone through a lot of teams to get to that point, so you are prepared for a battle; Puerto Rico gave us a great fight, I’m thankful we were able to pull it out.”
In their semifinal match, Flint/Scoles defeated Atenas Gutiérrez/Abril Flores of Mexico 2-0 (21-11, 21-19).
In the men’s bronze medal match, Schalk/Brunner beat Juan Virgen/Miguel Sarabia of Mexico 2-0 (21-15, 21-18).
BEACH PRO TOUR
The final Volleyball World Beach Pro Tour event will be a Futures tournament on Dec. 28-31 in The Hague, Netherlands.
The U.S. women’s team of Hailey Harward/Kylie Deberg will open in the main draw and Jade Race/Violeta Slabakova will play in the qualifier.
The men’s team of Hagen Smith/Ian Satterfield will start in the qualifier.
The final event of the Beach Pro Tour will be the Tour Finals on Jan. 26-29 in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. team of Kristen Nuss/Taryn Kloth has qualified as the eighth-ranked team.