Beach U20 Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 28, 2022) – Four pairs from the U.S. U20 Beach National Team will compete this weekend at the first edition of the NORCECA U23 Beach Volleyball Tour at Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman.

Alexis Durish/Hailey Hamlett and Ella Connor/Piper Ferch will compete on the women’s side. Thomas Hurst/Gage Basey and Dylan McClung/Caleb Blanchette will compete with the men.

The competition begins Saturday with pool play.


Durish/Hamlette, seeded fifth, will play pool matches against teams from Canada and the Cayman Islands. Connor/Ferch, seeded seventh, will play two teams from the Cayman Islands and one from Trinidad & Tobago.

Hurst/Basey are seeded first for the men and will share their pool with pairs from Aruba and Canada.

McClung/Blanchette, seeded third, will have a four-team pool with pairs from Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.

The quarterfinals, semifinals and medal matches will all be played on Sunday.

Hurst and Blanchette competed as a pair earlier this summer at the U19 World Championship, where they did not advance from qualifying. Blanchette also competed indoors with the U19 Boys National Team that won the Pan American Cup and qualified for the 2023 FIVB World Championship.

U.S. Team for the NORCECA U23 Beach Volleyball Tour
Cayman Islands

Name (Height, Hometown, School, USAV Region)
Ella Connor (6-1, Kihei, Hawaii, Cal Poly, Moku O Keawe)
Alexis Durish (5-10, Venice, Fla., Florida State, Lone Star)
Piper Ferch (5-10, Seattle, Wash., Cal Poly, Puget Sound)
Hailey Hamlett (5-11, Bulverde, Texas, TCU, Lone Star)

Name (Height, Hometown, School, USAV Region)
Gage Basey (6-5, Lyons, Colorado, Colorado, Rocky Mountain)
Caleb Blanchette (6-5, Brentwood, Tenn., Ravenwood HS, Southern)
Thomas Hurst (6-3, Plano, Texas, University Prep, North Texas)
Dylan McClung (6-7, North Kingstown, R.I., Sacred Heart Univ., New England)