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Beach Update: Party in Portugal

By B.J. Hoeptner Evans ( | July 03, 2018, 11 a.m. (ET)

Kelly Claes and Brittany Hochevar celebrate at Warsaw
Kelly Claes, left, and Brittany Hochevar celebrate during the FIVB four-star in Warsaw, Poland. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 3, 2018) – While many eyes will be watching the FIVB four-star event in Espinho, Portugal this week, there are U.S. beach players competing in several other tournaments.


Olympians Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena return to international competition for the first time since the FIVB four-star on May 1-6 in Huntington Beach, Calif. They are the top seeds on the men’s side in Espinho.

In the women’s bracket, Sara Hughes and Summer Ross are the top U.S. seeds and sixth in the tournament. Brittany Hochevar and Kelly Claes, who finished fourth at last week’s four-star in Warsaw, Poland, are the tournament’s ninth seeds.

U.S. Men’s Teams in Espinho
Main Draw
1 Phil Dalhausser/Nick Lucena (Coach Jason Lochhead)
9 John Hyden/Theo Brunner (Coach Evie Matthews)
11 Jake Gibb/Taylor Crabb (Coach Rich Lambourne)
Miles Evans/Bill Kolinske
Jeremy Casebeer/Reid Priddy

U.S. Women’s Teams in Espinho
Main Draw
6 Sara Hughes/Summer Ross (Coach Jose Loiola)
9 Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar (Coach Hector Gutierrez)
11 Nicole Branagh/Kerri Walsh Jennings
Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock

Sports Medicine
Chip Carmichael
Anthony Darmiento
Carolina Orrego


U.S. collegiate beach teams are getting ready for this summer’s World University Championships on July 9-13 in Munich, Germany by competing at the FIVB one-star in Porec, Croatia.

Florida State’s Adam Wienckowski and Jon Justice are in the men’s qualification bracket while Cal Poly’s Emily Sonny and Torrey Van Winden are in the women’s.


Emily Day and Betsi Flint are looking to win two AVP titles in a row. The pair won AVP Seattle last weekend and are headlining AVP San Francisco on July 5-8.

Top men’s teams competing are Casey Patterson/Stafford Slick and Sean Rosenthal/Chase Budinger.

The event will feature a friendly match with U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball player Katie Holloway and other athletes from the U.S. team. 


FIVB Four-Star in Warsaw, Poland

Hochevar/Claes – 4 (Fell to Brazil’s Agatha/Duda in bronze-medal match)
Branagh/Walsh Jennings – T5
Hughes/S Ross – T17
Flint/Day – T25

Ta. Crabb/Jake Gibb – 17
Patterson/Slick – 25
Trevor Crabb/John Mayer – DNQ

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