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USA Beach Men and Women are heading to the World Championships in July

May 04, 2018, 8 a.m. (ET)

USA Beach Handball will send both their Women’s and Men’s National Beach Handball teams to the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, from July 24-29, 2018.

 

The Men’s Beach National Team went 5-1 in Oceanside at the Pan American Beach Handball Championships this past March, with all but one of the men’s wins ending in straight sets. In a parallel to the Croatian Men’s National Team, who entered the 2017 European Championships as host and reigning European champion, the USA lost to the eventual runner-up in the semi-finals before winning the third place game on home soil. By virtue of making the semi-finals with their quarter-final victory against Trinidad & Tobago, after going undefeated in pool play with victories over Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Argentina, the men secured a spot in this July’s World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

 

Looking forward towards this July’s World Championships in Russia, men’s defender Andres Espinosa, feels confident in his team. “There were a lot of high level teams at the Pan-Ams here in Oceanside. A lot of teams have improved a lot and no game was easy. But as we saw in 2016 at the World Championships in Budapest, there will be an even higher level when you combine the best teams in the world together for one tournament. We have gotten a lot of experience the past 2 years playing internationally, and I think the US will have a lot of success this July in Kazan, much different than before. We will be ready!”

 

After securing the third seed in their group after defeating Chile, the USA Women's Beach National Team finished sixth place overall after losing two sudden-death shootouts in their quarter-final and placement games respectively. While this placement initially did not qualify them for the aforementioned World Championships in Kazan, two spots on both the men's and women's sides became available as the continent of Africa did not organize a qualification event. The USA women, the highest ranked non-qualifying team from the North-Caribbean region and future hosts of the upcoming ANOC World Beach Games 2019 and the World Games 2021, were awarded a wildcard spot and will fill one of the two vacancies left by Africa on the women's side alongside France.

 

The draw for the event will be staged on 15 May 2018 in Kazan.

 

Participating teams:

 

Men’s competition – ARG, AUS, BRA, CRO, DEN, ESP, HUN, IRI, NZL, OMA, QAT, RUS, SWE, URU, USA, VIE

 

Women’s competition – AUS, BRA, DEN, ESP, FRA, GRE, MEX, NOR, PAR, POL, RUS, THA, TPE, URU, USA, VIE