USA Beach Volleyball Pairs Aim to Secure U21 World Championship Victory Following Seniors’ Historic Triumph Over Long-Standing Curse

Published 11/09/2023, 8:30 AM EST

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The FIVB Under 21 World Championship started on Nov 6-12 in Roi ET, Thailand. The event starts with a 24-team qualifier. The main draw will feature 32 teams. Two teams from each gender are representing the USA. Samaya Morin and Taylor Wilson, Sally Perez, and Alexa Fernandez will be representing USA women. Thomas Hurst and Gage Busey, Carson Barnes, and Ayden Keeter will be representing USA men at beach volleyball.

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The spot was earned to represent the US at the World Championship at the U21 National Beach Team Trials in the month of June in California. Morin/Wilson faced Perez and Fernandez in the finals winning 2-1 (21-12, 25-27, 15-13) both earning the spot, and likewise for Hurst/Busey facing Barnes/Keeter in the finals also winning 2-1 (21-16, 22-24, 15-13). This marks the 19th year of the championship, and it is the third consecutive year that it is being hosted by Thailand. The championship started with a couple of victories for the US pairs.

A victorious start to the beach volleyball campaign

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The US pairs are off to a victorious start at the U21 World Championship. Samaya Morin and Taylor Wilson bested Morocco’s champion pair Aida and Carmen Mzouak in a clean sweep (21-13, 21-10) to register a dominant victory. On the other hand, Thomas Hurt and Gage Basey were up against Hansen and Andersen in an intense game winning it 2-1 (16-21, 21-13, 17-15)

The men’s team is at the second spot in the standings in Pool F, with Chile on top of them. Whereas, the US women’s pair is leading Pool G with 1.9091 Point ratio. Their performance has already created an uproar. As they move ahead in the championship, they seem to be going in the same direction following the victorious footsteps of “Cardinal and Gold”.

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Stepping into the champions’ shoe

The “Cardinal and Gold” of beach volleyball recently created ripples with their performance in the 2023 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Kelly Cheng and Sarah Hughes defeated Patricia and Duda of Brazil, breaking the 14-year-old draught of a world title. They set a fabulous example of understanding as they became the strongest Olympic gold contenders after not even playing together for long.

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Taking a cue from these seniors’ triumph, the U21 teams will surely help the players to continue the victorious campaign at the championship. And hopefully finishing it at the top of the podium. There is still a distance of victory left to achieve for all the Team USA pairs. But with the mindset of champion and determination, it will become much shorter. All the teams have started victorious except Fernandez and Perez, who will be starting their campaign on 9th November 2023, hopefully starting off with a victory.

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Shantnu Dobhal

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